WIN: Avondale’s Nathan Leather (in action earlier this season) played a part in the minor premiership win.
WIN: Avondale’s Nathan Leather (in action earlier this season) played a part in the minor premiership win. Neil Redfern

Tigers take out the minor premiership

LEAGUE: If ever there was a get out of jail free card in football, Avondale won it on Sunday at Gin Gin.

After drawing with South Kolan 26-all in the earlier game of the day, the Tigers needed Gin Gin to lose to win the Northern District Rugby League minor premiership.

In what turned out to be one of the games of the season, Agnes Water did the Tigers a favour by stunning the Hawks 50-46 to send the Tigers faithful into raptures.

It was a sad end to the season for Gin Gin who lost just two games all season before falling at the final hurdle.

Admitting the team was lucky, Avondale coach Luke Owen said the title was for the volunteers who gave everything to the club.

“I’m proud of the boys for delivering the minor premiership,” he said.

“This title is also for those in the club who help with fundraising and helping the team get on the park each week.”

Conceding the team played their worst game of the season, Owen said they will need to improve if they are to be a threat in the final series.

“We coughed up too much ball and looked flat throughout,” he said.

“With two weeks off now we’ll prepare and be ready for the finals.”

Dejected Gin Gin secretary Dave Helmore said Agnes Water played better.

“They outplayed us,” he said.

“The boys are down they let an opportunity like that slip.”

Helmore said the team was now focusing on the bigger prize.

In the other match of the final round, Burnett Heads defeated Miriam Vale 26-16.

The competition will now take a week off before the finals begin in South Kolan.

In first round action, Gin Gin and Agnes Water play again in a major final, while South Kolan takes on Burnett Heads in an elimination final.



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