Butchers unable to complete centenary fairytale
Wests produced a dominant performance to defeat Thirroul 32-8 in the Illawarra Coal Cup second grade final at Collegians Sports Centre yesterday.
The Devils will now play Helensburgh in the premiership decider at WIN Stadium on Sunday, kicking off at 1.25pm.
Unfortunately for the Butchers in their Centenary Year, they will not be represented on Grand Final Day as their second grade side was their last team standing in the finals series of the 2013 season.
Thirroul opened the scoring in the fifth minute of the final with a try in the left corner to centre Hamish MacPherson. Halfback Jack Croman’s conversion attempt hit the left upright and bounced away.
Wests grabbed a 6-4 lead in the 13th minute when prop Marty Cramp scored and halfback Josh Dean converted.
Devils coach Peter McLeod stretched their advantage to 12-4 with a try in the 19th minute, again converted by Dean.
The Butchers hit back when they moved the ball wide and right winger Chris Potter completed the play with a try in the corner to reduce the deficit to four points.
Wests regained control with winger Scott Wright scoring a try in the 33rd minute and Dean converting to make the score 18-8 at half-time.
The Devils continued on their winning way in the second half by running in 14 unanswered points.
Quick-fire tries to Aaron Hertsch and Brian Cartwright in the 48th and 51st minutes respectively had wents out to 26-8 before a try to hooker Wade Standford in the 67th minute, converted by Cody Buckman, sealed Wests’ win and a place in the grand final against Helensburgh. Player of the match was Wade Stanford.