TIGERS AT THEIR TOP: BERKREY
By Les Muir
STAR Gundagai lock Luke Berkrey is convinced the Tigers crushing victory over Young at Anzac Park on Sunday is a clear sign they have regained premiership-winning form.
Berkrey was at his barnstorming best as Gundagai smashed Young 48-4 in the qualifying final to set up a mouth-watering showdown Southcity.
After a slow start to the season, Gundagai has warmed to the challenge and will play the Bulls at Harris Park next Sunday for a spot in the grand final.
Despite his outstanding individual performance on Sunday, Berkrey was only interested in praising the Tigers as a group.
“I’m just happy how the team went,” Berkrey said.
“If I played well it’s a bit of a bonus.”
With Gundagai sweeping on three tries in 22 minutes to bolt to a 16-0 lead, the foundation was set for their landslide success.
Berkrey said Young just could not recover from the onslaught.
“I guess our start just blew them away pretty early,” he said.
“We also kept going which is a good thing.
“It’s something to build on. We’ve got a big game next week.”
In handing Young a nine tries to one caning, Gundagai has stormed back to the form which had them premiership favourite in March, says Berkrey.
“Definitely (the best we’ve played this year),” he said.
“We would have completed well over 80 per cent.
“I think by far (the best). I’m sure you’d agree.
“ I think a lot of people thought we’d be so good, but we had a bit of a lull and everyone said that maybe we’re not going that well.
“I think we’ve just been waiting for a game like this.
“It’s been building slowly. I think we’ve been waiting for a game like today.”
Young has no answer to Gundagai’s power in the forwards or venom out wide.
Aside from Berkrey, the rest of the Tigers forwards also played with supreme authority and completely dominated the highly rated Young pack.
Others to shine included Blake Dunn and Cameron Woo in the forwards, but Damian Willism, James Smart asnd Dane O’Hehir were equally as dynamic in the backline.
GUNDAGAI 48 (D O’Hehir 2, D Cole 2, J Smart 2, D Willis, Brock Dunn, L Berkrey tries; J Smart 6 goals) d YOUNG 4 (M Murray try) at Anzac Park. Scrums: 3-5. Penalties: 6-6. Referee: Scott Muir (8½)
Reserve grade: Temora 32 d Albury 18
Weissel Cup: Albury 36 d Kangaroos 34
Leaguetag: Temora 14 d Brothers 10
Sullivan Cup: Gundagai 32 d Young 24
TUMUT 58 (B Roddy 3, R Luke 2, G Karaitiana 2, J Webb, M Esera, D Kilian tries; J Toppin 9 goals) d KANGAROOS 12 (D Hill, Z Graham tries; B Jeffery, K MacDonald goals) at Twickenham. Scrums: 8-4. Penalties: 9-5. Gate: $9400. Referee: Jake White (5)
Reserve grade: Brothers 26 d Kangaroos 22
Weissel Cup: Young 20 d Tumut 12
Leaguetag: Cootamundra 18 d Gundagai 10
Sullivan Cup: Cootamundra 21 d Southcity 20
Minor semi-final at Alfred Oval: YOUNG v TUMUT
Major semi-final at Harris Park: SOUTHCITY v GUNDAGAI