Killarney secures minor premiership
THE Killarney Cutters clinched the Border Rugby League Minor Premiership on Saturday when centre Leejay Cooper scored in the last 30 seconds to win the game against the Stanthorpe Gremlins.
Gremlins centre Scott Kerridge was the first to score when he completed a one-on-one tackle to steal the ball and sprint 35 metres to score under the post with Jason Wilmot converting before he scored his own converted try.
Killarney was next to add points with two tries before the Gremlins added another try to go to the half-time break with a 16-10 lead.
On the kick-off in the second half brothers Jamie and Brett Watts backed one another up over 70 metres with Brett scoring the second of his three tries for the match to level the score at 16-all.
It was anyone's game as the score went to 20-all before Gremlins front rower Leon Karena completed one of his charging runs to cross the line with Wilmot converting to go to a 26 -20 lead.
Cutters centre Bradley Green received the ball out wide to run down the right wing with a Gremlin player coming across and diving at Green. Green stumbled across him to score with Chris McGregor converting to level the score at 26-all.
The Gremlins received a penalty about 20 metres out, just wide of the post, with Jason Wilmot taking the kick for the 2 points to put the score 28-26.
After the kick-off, the Cutters received a penalty following a Gremlins' mistake and opted for the quick tap only to lose the ball.
A Stanthorpe victory was looking certain, however during a scrum feed to the Gremlins Cutters half-back Adam Upton dived on the ball as it came out of the scrum and a quick play of the ball by Killarney out to the left side saw centre Leejay Cooper pick up ball and dive over the line with seconds to spare.
McGregor converted to give the Cutters a 32-28 win.
Killarney - Brett Watts 3, try each to Leejay Cooper, Bradley Green and Steven Ackland with Chris McGregor kicking 3 from 5 and Brett Watts 1 goal.
Stanthorpe - Pat Toohey 2, try each to Jason Wilmot, Leon Karena and Scott Kerridge with Wilmot landing 3 from 5 and 1 penalty goal.
Referee Points: 3 Brett Watts (Kill), 2 Jason Wilmot (Stan), 1 Leejay Cooper (Kill).
In reserve grade the Stanthorpe Gremlins were too strong for the Killarney Cutters running out 34-18 winners after leading 18-12 at half time.
Stanthorpe - Jason John 2 tries, try each to Anthony Marsh, Simon Wilmot, Patrick Reeves and Adrian Jannenga with Bryan Crisp kicking 5 goals.
Killarney - tries to Nathan Bennett, Allan Wetherall and Antone Butz with Butz kicking 2 goals and Wetherall 1 goal.
Referee points: 3 Allan Wetherall (Kill), 2 Anthony Marino (Stan), 1 Antone Butz (Kill).
The Inglewood Roosters upset the Tenterfield Tigers with a 38 -18 win at McIntyre Oval at Inglewood.
Texas had the bye and will play Killarney next Saturday at Killarney.