Hello Sports fans, the weekend saw two teams crowned premiers in 2018 with the West Coast Eagles winning in an exciting game in the AFL and the Sydney Roosters claiming the NRL title.
AFL TITLE HEADING WEST
The AFL grand final looked like it was going to be a sided affair after the Pies kicked five goals in the first quarter. The Eagles looked a bit shell shocked to begin with and Collingwood heading into the first break 30-14. Against anyone else that lead would have been enough for a Collingwood flag but not against the Eagles. The second quarter saw the Eagles kick two goals to the Pies one and seemed to be settling there way back into the game, however they were still down by 12 points going into halftime. The Eagles hit the lead for the first time since the early stages of the game when a Collingwood trainer got in the way of a kick that was intended for Jaidyn Stephenson, Elliot Yeo grabbing the mark and kicking the goal. With the scores level at 55 a piece heading into the final quarter, it was bound to be a nail biter. Collingwood jumped out to a 12 point lead thanks to 2 goals. The pies were up 74-72 with two minutes remaining when Dom Sheed kicking the final goal and giving a 79-72 win. Luke Shuey was the Eagles best winning the Norm Smith medal and Sheed also playing well. For the Pies Jordan De Goey and Taylor Adams were the standouts.
ROOSTERS RUIN SLATERS FAIRY-TALE
Billy Slater didn’t get the fairy-tale finish to his career that he wanted as the Sydney Roosters ran out 19-6 winners over the Melbourne Storm on Sunday night. The Storm and the Roosters have been the two best teams for the past decade and a half but had never met in a grand final. Three first half tries was enough to do it for the Roosters while the Storm had a forgettable day at the office. Latrell Mitchell once again had it over his opposite number Will Chambers and after a stellar 2018 season was rewarded for with a spot in the Australian side. The story of the game however was that of halfback Cooper Cronk who played with a broken scapula. After injuring his shoulder the week before against South Sydney he was in doubt for the game right up until Friday. Luke Keary took the reins as Cronk was limited to short passing in attack and staying on the edges in defence. With his efforts Keary was named as the Clive Churchill medallist while Mitchell was the other star for the Roosters. In a night the Storm would rather forget Dale Finucane had a good game in a losing side as did Slater in his final game.
BRONCOS WIN INAUGURAL WOMEN’S TITLE
For the first time since 2006 a piece of silverware is heading to the Broncos trophy cabinet as the Brisbane Bronco defeated the Sydney Roosters 34-12 in the women’s grand final. Unfortunately the closest the Roosters were able to get was when the scores were locked at 6 all early in the game. After that the Broncos skill shone through scoring 4 tries to go into half-time with a 28-6 lead. The Roosters would be the first to score after half-time break but that’s about as good as it would get for the ladies as the Broncos scored one time to win the game 34-12. Five-eighth for the Broncos Kimiora Nati was the star scoring 3 tries and winning the Karen Murphy Medal for best on ground.
VIKINGS MAKE NRC FINALS
After being down 14-0 early in the game the Canberra Vikings came back to beat the Melbourne Rising 31-21 and in the process secure a place in the finals. The Vikings fought back to level the scores to 14 before a penalty try saw the Rising go out to a 21-14 lead. Vikings were able to close the gap to 2 after Len Ikitau picked up a loose ball to score. After being yellow carded earlier in the second half, Vikings hooker Connal McInerney made up for leaving his side down a man for 10 minutes scoring two tries giving the Vikings the win.
Hope you all enjoyed the weekend in sport, and if you’re one of the ones celebrating a premiership, congratulations on a great season in both codes.
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