Kiama Reserve Grade 2012 Premiers


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    Reserve grade grand final

    Kiama 27 defeated Gerringong 26
    BRENDAN CRABB

    A THRILLING 27-26 win has given Kiama their first Group 7 Rugby League reserve grade title in 30 years.

    Jack Alexander’s field goal inside the final three minutes snatched victory for the Knights in a hard-fought, physical local derby.

    An early 40-20 kick from the Knights provided the platform for Mitch Ellis to score out 
    wide in just the third minute for a 4-0 lead over the defending premiers.

    An arm-wrestle ensued, but the Lions were made to pay for an error in their own half when Jay Delaney grabbed a converted try.

    A piggy-back penalty afforded Gerringong the chance to hit pay-dirt at the money end of the field and they did just that when centre David Reid latched on to a cross-field kickfrom skipper Daniel Brown to cut the deficit to six points.

    Five minutes later Reid powered his way over again,but Kiama tries a few minutes either side of half-time gave them a commanding lead.

    Gerringong’s inability to clean up a kick enabled Ellis to pounce on the loose ball for his second, the Knights taking a 14-8 buffer to the sheds.

    Following the resumption, Paul Kadwell quickly made it 20-8.

    Just as Kiama appeared to have all the momentum, Gerringong responded swiftly when they found space out wideand Isaac Russell backed up to cut the deficit in half.

    Arthur Stewart gathered a fortuitous bounce after Lions wingere Taylor Hudson kicked, regathered and kicked again to lock up the scores.

    The Knights appeared to strike the killer blow when fullback Tim Boniface fielded the ball on his own try-line, stepped around several defenders and found Delaney unmarked.

    The winger ran 70 metres to score under the posts.

    Desperation defence kept Kiama’s line intact, but giving up possession cheaply was all the opportunity Gerringong needed.

    Lions halfback Blair Overton had too much speed and evasiveness close to the line, again squaring the ledger with less than ten minutes remaining.

    Despite Gerringong’s best efforts, Alexander’s drop-goal gave the Knights a historic victory.

    Knights captain-coach Glenn Roberts was awarded Man of the Match.

    Kiama 27 (Mitch Ellis 2, Jay Delaney 2, Paul Kadwell tries, Jack Alexander 2, Matt Gladman goals; Alexander field goal) defeated Gerringong 26 (David Reid 2, Blair Overton, Arthur Stewart, Isaac Russell tries; Overton 3 goals).

    Women’s League tag grand final

    Nowra-Bomaderry 18 defeated Kiama 16

    BRENDAN CRABB

    NOWRA-Bomaderry scored a remarkable, heart-breaking golden point victory over Kiama in the Women’s League Tag decider at Centenary Field on Sunday.

    Trailing 16-6 with five minutes remaining, Nowra scored a dramatic try after the full-time siren to level the scores and kicked an extra time penalty goal to win.

    It was a stunning reversal of last year’s grand final, whereby the Knights downed the Jets in the additional time period.

    Kiama were on the board after two minutes when Alex Westlake streaked away to score.

    The Jets levelled up through Sian Silk,but Kiama again took a converted try lead when Alanna Smith crossed.

    Nowra were made to pay for an error when right on half-time Erin Guy made it 16-6.

    However, the missed conversion from in front would come back to haunt the Knights.

    A scrappy second half ensued, but the defending premiers appeared to be in control of the contest.

    A Belinda Chittleborough try with five minutes remaining set up a grandstand finish at 16-10.

    Kiama’s defence repelled several attacking raids and appeared to have the game won.

    However, they made a fatal error of judgment by not playing to the whistle.

    With the full-time siren sounding deep in their own half, Knights players threw the ball away and began enthusiastically celebrating before the referee had signalled full-time.

    The Jets pounced on the loose ball and Silk scored under the posts to send it into extra-time.

    Shortly into the golden point period, Roslyn Simpson kicked a penalty goal to clinch the title.

    Player of the Match was Nowra’s Tracey Coe.

    Nowra-Bomaderry 18 (Sian Silk 2, Belinda Chittleborough tries; Roslyn Simpson 2, Talia Atfield goals) defeated Kiama 16 (Alex Westlake, Alanna Smith, Erin Guy tries; Kristi Pan, Jamie-Lee Cotter goals).



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