The Beaudesert Kingfishers came from behind again on Saturday to overcome the Helensvale Hornets 20-16 in round 15 of the QTOP Doug Lipp Competition.
The third placed Kingfishers got off to a flyer against a Hornets’ unit determined to press its claims for a finals berth in front of their fans.
After dominating the first 20 minutes, the Kingfishers found themselves leading comfortably 8-0, pleasing coach Keith Gee.
“We were sensational in the first 20 minutes – really professional,” he said.
However, Beaudesert took its foot off the opposition’s throat and allowed the Hornets to grind their way back into the contest.
By half-time the Kingfishers were trailing 16-8 and all of the momentum was with the home side.
“We had a lot of work to do,” Gee said.
The second forty opened ferociously with each team lifting the tempo in the hope of gaining the ascendancy.
As the battle in the middle of the field intensified the Beaudesert backline began to find some space to attack on the edges and Coach Gee injected lightning under 19 superstar Shallin Fuller into the action.
Off the back of some tremendous go forward, Fuller was able to break the game wide open, crossing for a timely four pointer with 10 minutes left on the clock.
Suddenly, the score was 16-14 and Beaudesert was within striking distance.
In the last 10 minutes it was end-to-end rugby league as each team fired shot after shot.
The desperation on the faces of the Helensvale players was clear for all to see as they surged and fought tooth and nail for their season.
The Kingfishers, however, held an ace in Fuller.
With two minutes remaining, Beaudesert were presented an opportunity and Fuller capitalised.
The try was converted to seal a thrilling 20-16 triumph.
Gee was full of praise for Fuller but said the classy strike weapon would not have made an impact if not for the commitment shown by his forward pack.
With two rounds remaining, the result means the Kingfishers will finish third and get two cracks at qualifying for the Grand Final.
This Saturday, they welcome back several key players from injury and will be at full strength against Ormeau with kickoff at 4.30pm and the under 19s from 3pm.
“It’s our last home game of the year and we need the people of Beaudesert to come down and support these boys,” Gee said.