Branxton Colts win Group 21 grand final

Greta Branxton’s Dylan Perry is met by solid Denman defence.

Greta Branxton’s Dylan Perry is met by solid Denman defence.

It was the moment that defined the Group 21 grand final and premiership winning coach Ron Griffiths said he was always confident in the ability of Greta Branxton Colts fullback Andrew Roberts.

Roberts produced a kick and chase in midfield with five minutes remaining that led to the match-winning try, much to the delight of the home crowd at Greta Central Oval, and Griffiths said that was the reason why he brought last year’s Paterson River captain-coach to the Colts this season.

“It was fantastic,” Griffiths said.

“When I was looking for players for 2014 he [Roberts] was one of the guys I chased because I knew what he could do.”

Colts five-eighth Josh Griffiths scored a double and second-rower Mitch Bird another in the tense 18-16 victory against the Denman Devils on Sunday while man-of-the-match Joby Patten slotted three conversions from as many attempts but the coach was more impressed with the effort displayed by his squad.

“It was very tough and the conditions didn’t allow us to play free flowing football,” Griffiths said.

“We’ve only had one game in a month so a little bit of fatigue sets in and you get away what you do well, but in the end the work ethic showed out.”

Earlier in the day Denman claimed the under 18s crown while Scone won both the reserve grade and women’s league tag titles.


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