Collies win in epic Illawarra Coal Cup decider!
Sunday's was an epic grand final in all meanings of the word.
Helensburgh had their spirits broken when Collegians kicked a field goal 30 seconds from full time taking out the 2013 Illawarra Coal Cup.
Collegians 29 Helensburgh 28
Jarrad Thompson was named the inaugural Coastline Printing Medal as player of the match - 1st Grade.
The drama began from the first game of the day with the u/18’s going into extra time before Shellharbour came away with the win against Wests Illawarra. With Corrimal victorious in the 2nd Division’s Shield and Helensburgh taking away the silver in Reserves against Wests.
All scores and scorers are attached.
On Saturday Helensburgh Tigerlilies defeated Corrimal Cougars in the Open Women’s Grand final at Collegians Sports Centre 42-4 - Maddie Studdon named Player of the Match.
Sam Duggan stunned by winning kick- Tim Keeble (Illawarra Mercury, Monday 02/09/2013)
Saving his best until last, Sam Duggan was more surprised than anyone when his crunch time field goal split the uprights for the go-ahead point in yesterday's grand final against Helensburgh.
Those who witnessed the Collegians five-eighth's perfectly executed kick would've been forgiven for thinking he was probably always confident of nailing it.
Duggan didn't know what to expect when he lined up his 40-metre shot with 30 seconds remaining.
"It's funny because I haven't kicked one all year. I haven't even looked like kicking one," he said amid the backslaps and high-fives.
"I just hit it sweetly and was just hoping it had the legs, and it just snuck over.
"I'm going to remember this for the rest of my life. It's so good.
"There was only three or four boys left from last year's team and the rest of us have all come together. From not really knowing each other to begin with, we're such a tight bunch of boys now."
Most, if not all, of the Dogs are tipped to return for the 2014 premiership defence.
"We've just been focused on our footy the last few weeks but I'd say the majority will be back," Duggan said.
Collegians lock and grand final man of the match Jarrod Thompson is probably the youngest captain in club history to lead his team to a title.
"I'm still a bit dumbfounded. I'm so surprised and so happy for the boys," the 22-year-old said of the last-minute victory.
"Like I said two weeks ago, it just shows we can come away with a win even when our backs are against the wall. To do it in a grand final is pretty special and something we'll never forget.
"There's just a never-say-die mentality in our group. Hopefully all the boys will come back next year."
Burgh coach Ben Haran was a dejected figure, taking a few minutes to digest the circumstances of his side's loss.
"It's gut-wrenching for the players.
"That's who you feel for the most because they're the ones out on the field going through it," he said.
"They gave it their all, being behind at half-time and getting themselves back in the game.
"You can't ask for any more than what they put out for us.
"Right now it's all about just being with the players and making sure they're all right, because that hurts losing like that."