THE Blackwater under-14s came agonisingly close to recording the perfect season on Friday night - so much so, that the boys remained undefeated but not victorious following the Central Highlands Junior Rugby Union decider.
Both teams were unsure of the score following the final whistle, which was only highlighted when both erupted simultaneously in the belief they had won.
After some careful deliberation between scorers, a final tally of 32-all emerged - a heart-wrenching result for both teams, and even more so for Blackwater, who had won every game leading up to the final, including two victories over their Emerald opponents.
Spare a thought for young Jason King from Emerald, who missed a kick from in front on the final siren that would have handed defeat to Blackwater for the first time.
The season ending match was the main attraction following an afternoon of junior rugby at the Emerald Agricultural College, and the boys from both teams didn't fail to delight the vocal crowd.
Central Highlands Junior Rugby Union president Dave Glover said the standard of rugby was fitting of a grand final, and proved the future of the game in the region was in more than capable hands.
"We are all very happy with the standard, especially as a lot of these guys will now feed into the under-16s competition next year," Mr Glover said.
"There's been growth across the board and most towns across the Highlands are now playing junior rugby."
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