The Vale prevails after dominance
WHEN Gin Gin crossed for the first try in Saturday night’s NDRL grand final it looked as if a fairytale finish was on the cards.
But that was as good as it got for the visiting Hawks against Miriam Vale, with the home team gradually overpowering the underdogs and prevailing 38-10 to reclaim the premiership it won in 2008.
It was almost deja vu for the newly crowned premier, which walloped Gin Gin 32-6 in the 2008 decider, but the one-sided scoreline did not do justice to the fierce nature of the game.
More than 1000 descended on Miriam Vale’s Gary Larson Oval in teeth-chattering conditions, but loved every minute of it.
The Magpies rebounded from the early setback to score next and headed to the break with a 14-4 lead.
They continued their dominance in the second half through pivotal captain-coach Ryan Walker, while forwards Darren Brennan and Aaron Causton also provided superb support.
As predicted, the Magpies forward pack was too strong and their backs too fast for the never-say-die Hawks.
The Hawks gave their fans, who had filled buses from Gin Gin and Bundaberg to make the trip, more to get excited about with a try in the second half.
Three times after that try they crossed the line, only to be disallowed every time by the referee.
“It could have been a different ball game if any of those were awarded, but then again they still could have won it,” Gin Gin Rugby League president Doug Simonsen said.
“All in all though we are tremendously proud of our boys. It was a hard, fast and clean game and I think the better team won.
“There were no flair-ups, but there was no quarter asked or given.”
Captain and hooker Dan Taylor was in his usual good form, but no players could be faulted for their effort.