Falcons finally get a win
UNION: One of the longest droughts in Bundaberg sport is over after The Waves won in the Spring Cup.
Inspired by former Falcon Travis Herschell, who was killed in a car crash in 2014, the side won the Shield named in his honour with a 21-12 win over the Barbarians.
Racing out to 14-0 lead at halftime, the Falcons held on after a late charge by the Barbarians.
Kicking the ball out of play to end the game, players embraced each other as they celebrated a feat rare for the club during a tough time for all involved.
The Waves captain Fletcher Ericson could not hide the smile on his face after the whistle.
"Emotions are running pretty high," Ericson said.
"This is our game we needed to win and we did it really well," he said.
The club now has a trophy that means so much to it.
"It's been a long time coming but we got there in the end," Ericson said.
"I'm proud of the boys, we're over the moon," he said.
Ericson admitted there was a special feeling in the team during the week that hinted the side could do it.
"I don't want to sound too confident but this week through training the boys had a different feeling about this game coming up," he said.
"We just knew this was our time and this was our game."
Also boosted by the return of players for the game, the captain said the only way was up for the club.
"It just shows what can happen when we step up to the mark," he said.
"I think this is a sign to come of what the Falcons are building towards."
The Barbarians they paid credit to their opposition.
Barbarians captain James Courtice said the side deserved to win.
"It's disappointing to lose but I'm more than happy to hand it over to the Falcons," Courtice said.
"They played a great brand of footy tonight and the game was played in the spirit of the Travis Herschell Memorial," he said.
The Barbarians will now focus on their semi-final against the Turtles, with the Falcons now finished for this season.