Late converted try secures win for Collegians
RUGBY LEAGUE: A sideline conversion from touch by Tom Doherty on fulltime gave Collegians a premiership win in the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League under-14 grade.
Collegians trailed Wattles 14-10 at halftime and for all of the game before centre Aaron Hinch picked up a loose ball for the Dragons to score just inside touch in the grand final at Sullivan Oval, Stanthorpe.
Coach Bob Bell said Doherty landed the conversion into the wind.
"The conversion comfortably when over the black dot,” Bell said.
"Last year we lost the grand final to Goondiwindi. Wattles had a strong forward pack and some smart backs led by Lachlan Peardon and Reuben Sullivan.”
Hinch was named man of the match and was well supported by half Sam Wainwright and forward Jack Talbot.
Dragons win U16s
AT AGE 24, Jack Breen has won his first premiership as a coach with Collegians to take his grand final tally to four wins from four grand finals.
Breen coached the under-16 Collegians team which won the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League premiership with a 32-22 win against Goondiwindi on Saturday.
"We had one win and two losses against Goondiwindi going into the grand final,” he said.
"It was our attitude and keeping to the game plan which won us the grand final.”
Second rower Damien Beresford was player of the final and received great support from fellow second rower Kieran Doherty, the most improved Collegians player this season.
"Dan Howard also played well at hooker,” he said.
Breen played for Collegians as a junior and was in three grand finals and won the lot, one at under-14 level and two in the under-16 grade.
"I will put in to coach the under-16 team again next year,” he said.
In the under-16 grand final, Collegians led 12-6 at halftime before winning 32-22.
Goondiwindi won the under-12 rugby league grand final, Tenterfield won the under-15 girl's league tag and Stanthorpe was victorious in under-17 league tag.