Experience told as Balanced Bookkeeping and Tax (BBT) claimed another Brothers Social Touch Open Division A title on Monday night.
BBT won a 3-2 extra-time grand final victory over the youthful Old Bundy High Boys despite being outnumbered 10 players to a bare seven.
Scores were locked together at two apiece after regulation time but BBT struck with a “golden try” early in a maximum 10 minutes of extra time, with speed machine Michael Gordon breaking through and sprinting away for the winner.
BBT (formerly Eastenders) included five mates who have been playing together since about 2006.
These were Michael, their scorers in normal time, Robert Hooper and Lindsey Medley, Robert’s younger brother Matt, and Ben Courtice, along with their two youthful players who have come into the side in more recent years, cousins Bundaberg Race and Greyhound Racing Club's caller extraordinaire Jarrod Wessel and Kelvin Pimm.
Another team foundation player and current team sponsor David Andreoli did not play as he is currently on an overseas visit.
While Ben has no idea of how many premierships they have won together over the years, he said they “have hardly ever missed a grand final in that time and have won probably half the seasons (they) have played in the men’s division”.
Robert, Lindsey, Jarrod and Kelvin backed up immediately for McColms in the Mixed Division A decider but fatigue may have been a factor as they went down 5-1 to Touch Sensitive who got home on the back of doubles to Beau Pratt and Steven Richards.
Meanwhile, McHugh Steel added to their long list of Over 35 Division A titles with a 4-2 dispatch of Ace with four individual scorers.
The most prolific scorer on the night was Trent Seeds, who backed up his four tries for RB Renegades in the Rugby Spring Cup on Saturday night with another four of his best to again be a match winner as Pass Out downed Active Skip Bins 6-1 in Mixed Division CA.
Grand final Scores:
Open A: Balanced Bookkeeping and Tax 3 (Robert Hooper, Lindsey Medley, Michael Gordon) d Old Bundy High Boys 2 (Jayden Robinson, Daniel White). Open B: Untouchables 4 (Klint Beer 2, Andrew Cross) d Proton Pills 1 (Dylan Wagner)
Mixed A: Touch Sensitive 5 (Beau Pratt 2, Steven Richards 2, Connor Pratt) d McColms 1 (Lindsay Medley). Mixed B1: Bundy Outdoors 3 (Luke Turnbull 2, Joe Turnbull) d Get Em on Side 2 (Klint Beer, Eli Sergiacomi). Mixed B2: The Mob 3 (Layton Chambers 2, Nile Pimm) d Aussie Bundaberg 2 (Kiahni Yates, Toby Yates). Mixed B3: Marineland 3 (Jess McCracken 2, Alan Gibbs) d Vikings 2 (Blake Arndt, Chris Larsen). Mixed CA: Pass Out 6 (Trent Seeds 4, Kain Taylor, Spencer Sterling) v Active Skip Bins 1 (Jack Watson). Mixed CB: Wingin It 3 (Joel Anderson 2, Ben Holliday) d No BS 1 (Issac Smith)
Over 35s divisions
Over 35s-A: McHugh Steel 4 (Jack Rahalaj, Brendan Gray, Kelly Ryan, David Constantini) d Ace 2 (Craig Fritz, Jason Shears). Over 35s-B: McDonald Murphy 5 (Brian McMah 2, Chris Lee, Shaun Leather, Phil Larsen) d LLe Tatts Ratts 0.