Wallaroos hooker Jack Horder.
Wallaroos hooker Jack Horder. Matthew McInerney

HEARTBREAK: Wallaroos fall in last minutes

WALLAROOS were so close to victory players, officials and loyal supporters could almost taste success.

The Maryborough club led 18-16 as the Bundaberg Rugby League's countdown clock ticked into the final four minutes.

But Past Brothers playmaker, Player of the Final and Wallaroos' dream-killer Quentin Olive had other ideas.

Wallaroos five-eighth Ben Waters.
Wallaroos five-eighth Ben Waters. Matthew McInerney

Olive got on the outside of the Wallaroos' defence, and found centre Kane Chapman who raced away to score the match-winner.

Wallaroos captain Jack Horder was devastated moments after full-time.

ON THE BALL: Wallaroos fullback Joey Alberts in action during the Bundaberg Rugby League grand final at Salter Oval, Bundaberg.
ON THE BALL: Wallaroos fullback Joey Alberts in action during the Bundaberg Rugby League grand final at Salter Oval, Bundaberg. Matthew McInerney

Just minutes earlier he'd tried to sneak over from dummy-half on the last tackle only to be held up one metre short.

A questionable knock-on against Horder in the final 10 seconds ended the game.

Wallaroos centre Shaun Collins.
Wallaroos centre Shaun Collins. Matthew McInerney

"I'm devastated, I thought we had it,” Horder said.

"We knew it would be a very tough game playing Bundy at their home game.

"We thought we had it.”

The Wallaroos mascot enters the field.
The Wallaroos mascot enters the field. Matthew McInerney

Horder said his team was its own worst enemies, as dropped ball and penalties conspired against the club's premiership dream.

"We piggy-backed them a little bit, too many little errors that let them in the game,” he said.

"The boys put in a massive effort. It's been a fantastic year but unfortunately we couldn't come away with what we wanted.”

Wallaroos winger Josh Crowley.
Wallaroos winger Josh Crowley. Matthew McInerney

Fullback Joey Alberts cut a forlorn figure as the final siren sounded.

"We had it, we were almost there,” he said.

"They just caught us on the outside and we weren't fast enough. I'm gutted.

Wallaroos halfback Luke Waters.
Wallaroos halfback Luke Waters. Matthew McInerney

"It's the most difficult game I've ever played.”

Sam Hutchins, Josh Crowley and David Ball scored Wallaroos' tries in the 22-18 loss.



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