Toowoomba Rugby League grand final wrap
Second Division grand final: Gatton 24 def Dalby 0
Second Division minor premiers Gatton went to the next step and became 2016 premiers.
The Hawks ground out the win in wet conditions, but the final score of 24-0 did not reflect the game.
It was a dour battle, with Gatton only getting on top of their opponents in the last 10 minutes.
TRL Second Division player of the year, Gatton’s Taylor Hawthorne, scored the first and last tries in the match with Daniel Cullinane and Todd Bichel also picking up four pointers.
Blake Ziser was one of Gatton’s best, whilst Wes Murray was announced the man of the match.
It was the first of two grand final wins on the day for coach Andrew Schmidt.
Gatton 24 (Taylor Hawthorne 2, Daniel Cullinane, Todd Bichel tries; Wes Murray 4 goals) def Dalby 0
Under 18 11am – Valleys 20 def Warwick 12
Valleys made it back-to-back wins in the TRL Under 18 age group with victory over Warwick.
The Roosters recorded a 20-12 win over the Cowboys to make it two Under 18 grand final wins in a row for the club.
Valleys scored four tries in the win, which went to Denzel Burns, Shannon Lawton, Percy Cubby and Zachary Stevens.
Burns also went on to take out man-of-the-match honours in a strong showing.
Valleys has a strong tradition of success in the Under 18 age group and this year's squad has built on that reputation.
These players from both teams are now likely to go on to bigger and better things in older age groups in the TRL.
Valleys 20 (Zac Stevens, Shannon Lawton, Denzel Burns, Percy Cubby) tries Wally Peglar 2 Goals) def Warwick 12 (Dustin Close, Michael Coleman, tries Kai Etherington 2 goals)
Reserve Grade grand final - Gatton 16 def Valleys 4
Coach Andrew Schmidt and Gatton enjoyed a big day as the Hawks downed Valleys 16-4 in the TRL reserve grade decider at Clive Berghofer Stadium.
The result saw Gatton take out two of the day's four grand finals, with Schmidt coach of both the Reserve Grade and Second Division Hawks squads.
Gatton had been strong in Reserve Grade all season and built on that in the grand final, seeing off a spirited challenge from Valleys, who had come from fifth to make the decider.
Scott Cubit, Cameron Nicholls and Alex Groves scored tries in the win as the Hawks managed to keep Valleys to just one try.
Cliff Mellon and Bruce Milsom were both tireless in defence and ultimately it was the Hawks defence that won them the game.
The final result showed a 12-point margin in the end, but it did not reflect the toughness of this grand final.
Hawks had to defend for long periods as they held off the multiple Roosters raids.
Gatton's Jagan Swan had a great captain’s knock and was rewarded with the prestigious O’Shea McGovern Medal for the man-of-the-match award.
With the Reserve Grade and Second Division titles in their keeping, the Hawks will be strong again next year with depth in the club.
Gatton 16 (Scott Cubit, Cameron Nicholls, Alex Groves tries; Cory Schmidt, Aaron Werth goals) def Valleys 4 (Reggie Munn try)
A Grade grand final – Pittsworth 18 def Warwick 12
It was a timely result for Pittsworth who are celebrating their 50th season in the TRL this year.
Rain during the game and in the days prior to the decider left the playing field wet and muddy, making conditions tough for both teams.
After an 80-minute slog, Pittsworth won by just six points as Warwick made the Danes work hard for the Hutchies-Chronicle Cup victory.
Pittsworth five-eighth Thomas O’Sullivan took out the John McDonald Medal for man of the match which capped a breakthrough season for the young playmaker in his first ever grand final.
Both teams took some time to adapt to the conditions and it wasn’t until the 21st minute that Pittsworth second-rower Mitchell Carpenter crossed for the first try to give the Danes the lead.
Warwick hit the front just before halftime as Dan Watson converted Matt Marshall’s try to go into the break in front 6-4.
Pittsworth regained the lead soon after the break as centre Liam Jocumsen scored a try in the 43rd minute to see the Danes go 8-6 up.
The Danes then kicked ahead further with second-rower Daniel York pouncing on an error from Warwick fullback Craig Donn to score to take a 14-6 lead.
Pittsworth stretched that lead out to 18-6 when York put Kurtis Shayler over for a try out wide.
Warwick hit back with a try to centre Joe Fuimaono in the 62nd minute to close the gap to 18-12, but the Cowboys couldn’t conjure another despite their best efforts.
Warwick were in the game until the final minute as Brodie Quirk strived for the try-line out wide, only for Pittsworth second rower Mitchell Carpenter to race him down in an inspirational effort.
Then two minutes from fulltime, with Warwick unleashing its final onslaught, Pittsworth’s Daniel York put his body on the line to stop a rampaging Sam Broomhall in another inspirational effort that helped the Danes hang on for a historical win.
Pittsworth’s James Dempsey had a big game with Hooker Cameron Miller inspirational in the middle.
Fuimaono was inspirational for Warwick as was Trent Richardson, Broomhall and fullback Craig Don.
Danes coach Ian Brackstone was full of praise for the efforts of his players.
“I have been left speechless by that effort,” he said. “The effort that these boys show for each other is second to none.
“That was probably shown in the back end of the game where they turned Warwick away in this (grandstand) corner and then three of them turned up on the far side to stop it (Warwick attack).”
While disappointed with the result, Warwick captain Dylan Galloway was proud of his squad.
“It was very tough out there. Conditions didn’t make it easy for either side,” he said. “Congratulations to Pittsworth. They played better on the day and deserve the win.
“(But) I’m feeling honoured. These bunch of blokes did an outstanding job.”
Pittsworth 18 (Mitchell Carpenter Liam Jocumsen, Daniel York Kurtis Shayler tries; Thomas O’Sullivan goals) def Warwick 12 (Matt Marshall Joe Fuimaono tries; Dan Watson 2 goals)