Thunder wins Grand Final
The Thunder scored three tries in the first half and led 14 to nil at half time. That lead was threatened early in the second half when the Bulls crossed in the corner for a try as a result of a couple of errors from the Thunder. Several more carless mistakes had the Thunder defending multiple sets of six tackles in their own quarter and at times on the try line but their defence held constantly pushing back the Bull’s attacks. The momentum shifted back to the Thunder towards the end of the game as they piled on a further three tries before the full time whistle was blown.
The lopsided shoreline was belied by the intensity of the game with players from both sides constantly putting their bodies on the line in both attack and defence. Premiership Captain Luke McKay praised both his team and the Bulls during the awards ceremony at the end of the game commenting on how everyone had given 100% on the night.
Best players were Luke McKay for the Thunder and Tim Hodgson for the Bulls.
After the game presentations were made for best players of the Year for the respective teams. They were as follows –
Overall Best and Fairest – Luke McKay
Best and Fairest Thunder – James Kenny
Best and Fairest Bulls – Steve Cooke
Best forward Thunder – Elliot Proud
Best forward Bulls – Tim Hodgson
Best back Thunder – Luke McKay
Best back Bulls – Brad Lewis
Player’s player – Luke McKay
In another development the association has just learnt that it has been selected as a finalist in the National Rugby League’s ‘One Community Awards’ under the category of Grassroots Club of the Year. The award night will be held in Sydney on the 24th September. The awards focus on promoting the game of Rugby League and using it as a means to create a more robust community. Club Chairman Matt Young said that making the finals of a premier national initiative such as this for such a young club was unprecedented and reflected back on all the positive work done by the members and volunteers over the past two years.