WINNING FOR MATE: Turtles Brothers win again
UNION: This one is for you Tremaine.
The Turtles Brothers in honour of their fallen mate remain the best rugby union side in Bundaberg.
The side claimed the Spring Cup on Friday night with an 11-8 win over the Pythons at The Waves Sports Complex.
The team, in an emotional night, fought back from 8-0 down in the second half to score the last 11 points in the game.
"Any grand final win is a great one and this evening was absolutely special,” Turtles coach Luke McCloskey said.
"It wasn't just playing to get the win, it was playing for our little brother as well that we lost last year.
"We wear him on our sleeve every week.”
Last week marked the one year anniversary of the death of Tremaine Tairawhiti, who was involved in last year's title win.
His father Steve was at the grand final, making sure Tremaine's spirit and presence was alive.
The side after the win gathered as a group with Steve to commemorate and celebrate.
"Nothing was said, there was nothing that needed to be said,” McCloskey said.
"The last 12 months we have become even tighter as a unit.
"It's been a massive year for our club.”
The side was forced to use that bond to overcome a stern Pythons test.
The Pythons for large parts of the game looked likely the end the Turtles run.
But when it counted the Turtles found a way to get the job done.
"They are an outstanding football team,” McCloskey said of the Pythons.
"The way we had to rejig the side, the tenacity that our boys showed and the tenacity they showed, we were just fortunate.
"We earned it, there's no doubt about it, but there was an element of luck.”
McCloskey was forced to move Brendon McKeown and Josh Tanner away from their normal positions to inside centre and fullback to cover their losses.
He also made sure he negated the strengths of the Pythons, which worked.
"We really had to rejig ourselves and work out our game plan and that was up the middle,” he said.
"I think we did that quite well, but the Pythons contained us well as well.”
"The difference was just that little bit of experience.”
So can the Turtles win a ninth straight title?
"Toss that coin,” McCloskey said.
"The competition is getting closer and closer each year.
"But the double figures is in sight.”