Roosters stage whirlwind comeback to grab crown
ROSEWOOD Roosters fought back from an 18-0 deficit to win the second division rugby league title and finish the season undefeated.
The Roosters beat Goodna Eagles 26-18 in Saturday's decider at North Ipswich Reserve but had to do it the hard way.
Club president Cory Bassett said it was a tremendous effort by a committed outfit.
"Goodna got to 18-0 in the first 15 minutes, but we came back," he said. "We kept them scoreless in the second half.
"The players have been training since November last year and have really put in the hard yards.
"They have been disciplined and have performed really well."
Bassett said coach Mick Armstrong "didn't give them a spray at half-time" but had some measured advice for his players.
"He just told them to stick to the game plan," he said.
"He wasn't too worried that we were behind.
"Mick did a really good job this year. He's brought new ideas to the club and the players have taken it on board."
Cameron Bassett, Corey McCoombes and Josh Ryan all scored crucial tries for the Roosters.
Prop Shannon Turner was the man of the match.
"He made plenty of good hit-ups and stood up against bigger men," Bassett said.
In the B grade Division 2 grand final, Redbank Plains Bears came back from a 12-0 deficit to beat Lowood Stags 26-16.
Bears assistant coach Rob Snell said the players showed great character to fight their way back into the game.
"They had beaten us twice during the year, so we knew our backs were going to be against the wall," Snell said.
"We thought if we kept with them for the first 20 minutes, we'd be able to stick with them.
"We fell behind but the boys were able to turn it around.
"After the first try we scored, the boys got their confidence.
"We got back to 12-all at half-time and then we put on a couple of quick tries.
"The second half they came out firing.
"Jy Mullen scored a couple of runaway tries that were pretty much the length-of-the-field efforts."
Snell said big prop Will Morris was a standout.
"When we were bogged down, he took the ball forward for us," Snell said.
Bears forward Nathan Snell also shone.