The Blackwater Crushers coach and team celebrate the grand final win.
The Blackwater Crushers coach and team celebrate the grand final win.

Crushers cap off perfect season

BLACKWATER Crushers have entered rare sporting territory – with the Under-14’s pulling off a perfect league season.

Rarely can a side, no matter the code, claim a perfect season but this year the Blackwater Crushers were unstoppable grabbing a 48-24 grand final win over Middlemount Panthers in Springsure at the weekend, to round out its 2011 Central Highlands season.

Fittingly, the Blackwater’s grand final performance “was up there with the best of the year”, according to coach Mal Williams. But the win did not come without its trials.

Leading 24-6 at half-time Williams stressed the importance of keeping a level-headed approach and taking the attacking opportunities as they came to hand.

“Even though the score was 24-6 their ball control was disappointing,” Williams said.

“They had forgotten our golden rule to work to finish the sets of play and not allow the opposition a chance.”

However the second half brought a much more determined approach.

This change in attitude allowed the Crushers to cruise home comfortable winners.

Williams said Lachlan Reid was a deserving winner of player of the match with 31 hit-ups and 27 tackles.

The fearless Chris Willmann had a fantastic game at half back, with his defence on the bigger guys a step above the rest.

Tom Russell and Guddy Major were also strong for the Crushers, as were Rhys Martin and Darcy Pizzey in the back line, stopping almost everything that Middlemount threw their way.

Off the bench, Pat Cochrane was tough to contain, flinging players everywhere with his barnstorming runs. Kyle Woodrow and Reece Williams played well with great defence. Rourke Webley carved up the opposition line when given the role of half back to lead the Crushers pack across the finish line in great style.

Coach Williams thanked the loyal Blackwater crowd, who offered plenty of vocal support in the finals and throughout a year of endless highs.


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