Joeys have defeated long-time rivals P-Dub in a hotly contested mens final on Wednesday night.
It was the fourth time these two teams had met each other in grand final matches with their opponent holding a 2-1 advantage.
Reigning champions P-Dub stuck first though Sam Gadsby who dove between two would-be defenders inside the first five minutes.
The hit-back was swift through Maroons stud Jayden Turnbull who grubbered for himself to score.
It was deja vu for the boys in yellow with Joeys’ own Jason West producing a carbon copy of the first try to edge his side in front on the scoreboard.
Some stout defence from Joeys’ middle men Matthew Allen, Ben Hayes and Tristan Bell-Blissner ensured their opponent couldn’t add to their first half total.
A true testament to these two teams was on show with a heavy dose of rucking through the middle of the field.
Maroons’ rookie Bill Chisholm and Jarrod Clayton looked likely around the ruck, while Matt O’Brien and Luke Murray played off the back of their momentum.
Back-to-back errors from P-Dub gifted Joeys key field position and they made them pay.
A lovely worked backline move that went through four sets of hands saw Dylan Bone cross in the corner from a Dave Webster draw and pass.
Joeys skipped to a 4-1 lead on the next set with Jason West producing a marvellous bat-back of a ball that was heading over the sideline, only to have it sit in the in-goal for Mason Hasselmeyer to ground the ball.
A rash of ruck infringements and repeat sets on the Joeys’ goal line took its toll through P-Dub captain Joe Warren who crossed for his side’s second try with four minutes remaining.
Mens leading try scorer Corey Pocock was kept quiet for much of the match until he scooped up a loose ball to scoot 50 metres untouched to ice the game.
A late consolation try from Joe Warren to Jack Woodbridge on the final play of the match was all in vain.
Well done to Joeys on their 5-3 Mens Grand Final win. It is now 2-2 in final matches between these two teams.
Joeys: Jayden Turnbull, Jason West, Dylan Bone, Mason Hasselmeyer, Corey Pocock
P-Dub: Sam Gadsby, Joe Warren, Jack Woodbridge
Best and Fairest: Joe Warren
Player of the Match: Matthew Allen.
Well down to our Mens LIVIN top try scorers Corey Pocock (13).
Well done to Luke Murray (P-Dub) and Ben Hayes (Joeys) who became the new Mens Range Brewing Try Assist Champion
A special thank you to our grand final sponsors Arrivederci Pizzeria and Newstead Remedial Massage for their player/team prizes.
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