The Beaudesert Kingfishers under 12s have claimed the 2017 premiership, defeating Burleigh Bears 18-12.
An early try to Jack Henry, in the seventh minute, converted by Xy Sandy put Beaudesert on the board first but a try on the half-time buzzer to Burleigh would see scores locked at 6-all at the main break.
The Bears attacked with force to open the second half but could not crack a determined Beaudesert defensive line.
The Kingfishers were next to score when a solid run and off-load by Jacob Harkin allowed Chad Knickel to dive over the line to score a four pointer, which Harkin then converted for 12-6.
Dylan Haack soon scored the Kingies third try which was converted by Rory Iselin for an 18-6 lead.
Burleigh countered with a try to close within six points but they could not get any closer as the Kingfishers stout defence kept them at bay until the final siren. Kingfishers under 12s coach Brendan Frazer said he could not be prouder of his team for their commitment to defence and to each other.
“It was an exceptional effort, the boys played absolutey sensational,” he said.
“The last three weeks of the finals they just kept improving.
“They ran third at the end of the normal rounds and were pretty much in sudden death from week one of the finals, and the team spirit in the team was exceptional for a team of that age.”
Frazer said it was the team’s focus on defence that made them hard to beat.
“At the end of the year the boys wanted to be the best defensive team in the comp, that was their goal, and the team we played in the elimination final was Helensvale and they were the best defensive team in the comp until that game and then we overtook them,” he said.
“Then when we played Burleigh there was four points in the defence over the year in for and against, so Burleigh was one of the top two teams all year, it was a very close match.”
Frazer said the side had been a pleasure to coach and he aims to keep the team together through the age groups.
“I've been coaching for nine or ten years now and this group of boys have made it the most enjoyable year I’ve ever had coaching,” he said.
“That's not because we won the grand final, it’s purely because of the team that they are.
“I was really stoked, mainly for the boys, some kids go through the competition undefeated where as these guys they had to battle all year and to finish third and win the premiership is an exceptional effort.”
Hooker Jacob Kurz was named man of the match.
The Beaudesert Kingfishers Reserve Gold team travelled to Tugun on Sunday and beat Burleigh 28-10 to secure their spot in the grand final. Nick Harkin converted his own try to give Beaudesert the lead and his opener was soon followed by four pointers to Alex Gee, Jayde Williams and a second half double to Dylan Hughes to book the team’s sixth straight grand final place against Runaway Bay at Burleigh on Sunday.