Gremlins season wraps up
With the season on the line, the under-16s Junior Gremlins faced off against a big Gundy Boars outfit on Saturday in a semi-final clash.
The side lined up on home turf and were confident of a win after some positive results against their opposition throughout the regular season.
Locked at one win apiece in the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League competition throughout 2018, it was always going to be a tight battle.
The first 15 saw both teams defending their line well. Both had opportunities, but with strong defence and handling errors, no points were registered.
With home support coming from the Sullivan Oval faithful, the Gremlins, through a strong run by Brock Patti, crossed the line first to give Stanthorpe a four-point lead.
With a successful conversion the Gremlins lead 6-0. When the Boars hung onto the ball they looked dangerous, crossing twice just before the break.
Down 10-6 with seconds remaining in the first half, Stanthorpe received a penalty with Harry Williams converting from 40 out on the half-time break to trail 10-8. Goondiwindi were first to score in the second half and lead 14-8. The Stanthorpe boys never gave up fighting and were rewarded with a try to Jacob Mudgee.
The conversion attempt hit the post and the score was 14-12.
It stayed this way until three minutes from full time when Goondiwindi finally cracked a tiring Gremlins side.
"It was anyone's game until this point but the Boars converted their opportunities,” coach, David Fleming said. Leading 20-12 with seconds to go, Gundy scored a consolation try after the Gremlins tried and failed with a short kick-off - going on to win 24-12.
"It was a very close game and I couldn't have been more proud. The boys put everything into the match.
"They did extremely well all year considering they didn't look like they would even be able to field a side at the start of the year,” Fleming said.