A fairytale reached its final chapter for the Bowral Kookaburas under 10B team on the weekend.
The Kookaburras had a 30-26 win over the Warragamba Wombats in the group 6 grand finals at Moss Vale Community Oval on Sunday, September 3.
The Bowral Team took the field in the grand final a player short, with only 10 players as their 11th player was ruled out with injury.
The team took on a formidable Warragamba side.
The team should have felt confident coming into the game with some good wins over the Kookaburras during the season.
Warragamba also had 11 players on field and four bench players.
With the odds stacked against the Bowral team, they showed few grand final nerves by scoring first early on in the game.
At the half time break the score was a 14-12 lead to Bowral.
The second half was a different game.
Bowral had some strong forward runs, allowing the outside backs to have plenty of room to move.
The whole of Bowral Junior Rugby League is very proud of the team.Coach Dan Ismail
It also allowed Bowral to dominate the half and score some good tries.
The final score of 30-26 should have been more as the Bowral team were only able to convert one of their seven tries.
Max Abela from Bowral was named grand final player of the day after an outstanding all round effort throughout the game.
Stand-out players included Oliver Johns and Tobias Monk, who were solid in going forward with the help of Angus Crockford.
Tobias Nielsen and George Prodromou also stood out, and were tough, tenacious and held their own.
Aaron Prodromou was solid at first receiver in the first half and a great fullback all game.
Brayden McGarry was unbelievable when given the ball wide and in defence he was a rock.
Angus Mackay and Zayne Ismail were very composed throughout the duration of the game, and consistently directed play and controlled the ball well.
Coach Dan Ismail thanked members of the club for a successful season and the grand final win.
“To all those involved with the club from president to supporters and parents thank you too,” he said.
“The whole of Bowral Junior Rugby League is very proud of the team.”