Tigers take out the premiership
WAVES Tigers capped off a dominant season in the Bundaberg Rugby League Under-18 competition with a hard-fought 28-16 win over Hervey Bay at Salter Oval.
The drizzle that fell during the game didn't stop the players throwing the ball around, each adventurous offload tested the limits of their teammates and the crowd got behind each team as it battled for the title.
There were some skill errors from the inexperienced-young players but a few dropped balls didn't take away from the first grand final to be decided in front of a bumper crowd at the home of the Bundaberg Rugby League.
Leading 16-6 at the break Waves Tigers extended its lead early in the second half and had the measure of the Seagulls to seal the premiership the club needed after a shocking year in the senior grades.
Waves Tigers Jackson Paulson was judges to be the player of the game thanks to his dangerous play around the ruck and great defence as the bigger Hervey Bay players tried to run over the top of him.
Tigers skipper Tristan Wilson found a way over the try line for Waves Tigers and was one of the best along with Paulson, while Seagulls Dan Bartlett and Liam Chapman kept their team in the contest with four pointers of their own.
The key for Waves Tigers is to keep some of the U18 players at the club in future seasons, if it can hang on to some of the junior talent, which is some of the best in Bundaberg, the club should be a force again in the A-grade competition in the near future.
Under-18 grand final
Waves Tigers 18 (T Wilson, J Bronson, W Schulke, J Egan, J Paulson, C Gibbs tries; J Paulson 4 goals) d Hervey Bay 16 (L Chapman, K Page, D Bartlett tries; L Chapman 2 goals)