Tiger cubs roar in final

The Under-12s in action.
The Under-12s in action.

SPRINGSURE Junior Mountain Men Under-12s were outnumbered by supporters as the only home side to contest the Central Highlands Junior Rugby League grand finals at the weekend.

However, all the home ground support Springsure could muster could not alleviate the pressure applied by the dominant Emerald Tigers pack. The Tigers cruised home 22–4 winners in the grand final.

Emerald coach Andy Devine said the win was well deserved with a great show of team work throughout the season.

“The whole side was solid in defence and didn’t give Springsure many attacking opportunities at all,” he said.

“But Tigers had to work hard to earn the win as Springsure played a great brand of football.”

The coach named James Bridgeman, Jacob Van Zanden and Tom Colwell as some of the best of the Tigers. He said the trio directed the attack around the field well, with some quality ball handling skills in the damp conditions.

Jordon Slack played well until injury forced his retirement.

Tyrese Roberts and Cody Mott also made a lot of hard metres and were always busy in defence.

“It was an outstanding effort,” Devine said.

WHILE Springsure had little cause for celebration on the scoreboard, committee members were certainly all smiles to see spectators flock to the season finals. Turn to page 31 to see how the Springsure club fared hosting four grades of football finals.

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