MGRL Summer 9’s Final Wrap-up
South East Dragons 30 defeated the Blue Lake Knights 16 in the knock-out Final. Both teams fielded strong sides for the Final, with the Dragons taking control of the game early through Captain Mitch June who scored in the first minute of the game. A successful conversion saw Dragons lead 6-nil.
The Knights kicked into gear with strong defensive work but struggled maintaining possession of the ball and completing their sets.
At the 14th minute mark, Knights Lelo used some fancy footwork to cross the line in the corner and get his side on the board. Scores level at 6-all, Dragon Robert Povey broke through the Knights defence and scored just minutes later, making the score 12-6 Dragons way at halftime.
Trailing by six points, the Knights started the second half strong, relying on their other playmakers and centres to stand up in place of Nathan Roach who was side-lined with a concussion from the first half. Knights Daniel Fished led his side and scored in the opening minutes of the half to level the scores once again.
On cue, Dragons leader Mitch June stood up and scored his second try for the game to retain the lead. Massive hit-ups from both teams saw some hard-hitting and hard-running through Dragons Shane Davis, Matt Ikin and Jarrod Mansell and through the Knights Nathan Hay, Zach Doidge and Jame Cornish.
Dragons Rordon Walker took control of the game and showed his magic to score two consecutive tries at the 9th and 16th minute mark of the second half. The Knights did not give up with young winger Liam Hay scoring his first try for the season in the dying minutes of the game.
The Dragons hard work and a great team effort made the final score 30-16, taking them through to the Grand Final on Saturday March 28th.