Tigers go down gallantly in grand final

RUNNERS UP: Uralla Tigers league tag team finished the season in second place after a low-scoring grand final against Kootingal-Moonbi. Photo: Gareth Gardner.

RUNNERS UP: Uralla Tigers league tag team finished the season in second place after a low-scoring grand final against Kootingal-Moonbi. Photo: Gareth Gardner.

Six points was all that separated Uralla Tigers and Kootingal-Moonbi Roosters in the Group 4 second division league tag grand final. 

A lone try to Kootingal-Moonbi’s Phoebe Mcloughlin in the early stages of the game saw the only points scored for the match until a penalty goal minutes from full-time handed the Roosters a 6-nil win and the trophy. 

Uralla coach Paul Martin was proud of his troops who overcame a series of unlucky season ending injuries to stick it to the Roosters. 

“We had chances to win it but they just defended really well,” he said. 

“All the girls can hold their heads up pretty high. When you look at the way they played against Walcha in the preliminary final and they won 32-nil and we kept them to six, that was pleasing.” 

Martin said his team’s defence kept them in the game and if Uralla continue to improve, they will be tough to beat in the future. 

“I say to them that if we can keep a team under 10 we would be confident of winning so our defence was really good but so was their's,” he said. 

“It was just unfortunate we couldn't score.

“We had a lot of new girls, I think we had about seven changes from last year and it was pleasing to see some young girls come through, they will be better next year and the year after. 

“I just hope all the girls can stay together, with the young ones to come through they are going to be a lot better next year.” 

Roosters coach Geoff Sharpe praised the efforts of the Tigers girls and hailed them as the benchmark of the competition. 

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