First Killarney BRL win
"WE did it for Xylon" were the words from player of the match Coedie Tandy after the Killarney Cutters won their first A-grade premiership in the 17th year of the Border Rugby League on Saturday.
Killarney has played all 17 seasons and beat Inglewood 40-16 at the Macintyre Sports Complex on Saturday.
Cutters players and fans knew they were in the right town when they drove into Inglewood on Saturday with red and black balloons everywhere.
The Killarney side reserved No.12 for the late Xylon Smith, player and brother of co-captains John Trindall and Michael Marshall.
Trindall said he thought of Xylon in every game this season.
"It was good to win it for him with all his mates," Trindall said.
"This is the best the boys have played all year."
Killarney scored four unconverted tries to lead 16-0 after 25 minutes and scored again in the 34th and 40th minutes to lead 28-0 at half-time.
To their credit, minor premiers Inglewood fought back in the second half to score the most points but the game had been won in the first half by a town which had won its first A-grade premiership in any rugby league competition for more than 50 years.
Halfback Coedie Tandy set up a lot of the Killarney attacks often with fullback Marshall looming in support.
Prop John Trindall scored one try when he proved unstoppable on a diagonal run for the corner from 15m.
Inglewood halfback Matt Gainey never stopped trying for the home side and showed plenty of urgency after his side's second try. He placed the ball near the sideline, walked straight back and landed the conversion without wasting any time.
Forwards Jason Edmondstone and Brent Bennett made plenty of ground in attack for Inglewood and Matt West was strong at fullback.
Late in the second half, Inglewood centre Brent Hearne showed his pace to run down Tandy who picked up a loose ball on his own quarter line and headed downfield.
Gainey said his side had no excuses.
"Killarney was just too good," he said.
"I am proud of my players, we made the grand final with only one training run a week on a Friday."
GRAND FINAL RESULT
Killarney 40 (Harry Morden 2, Jeremy Jerome, Nat Hooper, Coedie Tandy, Mick Bloomfield, John Trindall, Rohan Keogh tries, Nick Parfitt 4 goals) d Inglewood 16 (Ryan Donovan, Kyle Tillack, Matt Washington tries, Matt Gainey 2 goals).