THE Western Cougars semi-final match up with the Gold Coast Stingrays will be remembered as another classic encounter.
The teams met at the Cougars' home ground at Wacol on Saturday for the third semi-final showdown in the past four seasons.
The Cougars opened the game with a wide receiver reverse 65 yard touchdown to Anthony Dabelstein. But they were not able to capitalise on their strong start and the Stingrays levelled to go to half-time locked at 7-7.
The third quarter was another arm wrestle but a Stingrays touchdown saw them lead 14-7 at the end of the quarter.
The Cougars were forced to rely on injured running back Jacob Keane, who gave his all but couldn't break free from the Stingrays' defence.
With the weight of possession telling, the Stingrays scored their final touchdown with just over two minutes remaining to lead 21-7.
Most teams would have packed it in but Cougars quarterback Adam Irwin took his team 80 yards in 50 seconds, ending in a two-yard rushing touchdown to Keane to trail 21-14.
In the final play of the game, Irwin fired a pass into the Stingrays end-zone but it missed Purves' out-stretched arms, ending the Cougars' season.
The Stingrays advance to the Sun Bowl championship game at Wynnum on November 24 against Northside Rhinos, who beat Kenmore Bears 48-20 in the other semi final.
Any potential players, coaches or volunteers who are interested in joining the Cougars in 2013 can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cougars will be aiming to field teams in the 10-13 years flag football junior competition, the 14-18 years colts competition, senior men's and senior women's competitions.
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