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.
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.
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.
"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.”
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.”
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.
"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.