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Goodna domination continues with grand final masterclass

The Goodna Eagles' Volunteers Cup rampage has continued into the big dance, coming away with a 44-14 win over the Norths Tigers after a perfect start.

For 13 minutes, the Tigers and Eagles were sorting each other out, until Goodna front rower Rez Phillips spotted a small opening and snuck through to expose some tired Tigers, giving the Eagles their grand final start.

BJ Aufaga-Toomaga added the conversion to his 136 competition points for Goodna to lead 6-0.

The Aufaga-Toomaga pain was not over yet for the Tigers when he scored and converted his try.

Goodna second rower Josh Afoa continued the destruction when he scored on the left hand side and the Tigers had every reason to look worried as the temperature soared at North Ipswich Reserve, as did the Eagles.

When Fa’ata’ape Timai strolled through for Goodna's fourth, they had the perfect 24-0 start.

Norths composed themselves and Ethan Page attempted to change the grand final story when he barged over to score Norths' only points of the first half.

Try time for the Eagles. Photo: Bruce Clayton Photography
Try time for the Eagles. Photo: Bruce Clayton Photography

As the half-time hooter went, Norths might have been thinking about oranges as Goodna wanted another try and Timai flew like an eagle and scored his second to give the Eagles a 28-4 lead at the break.

Whatever Tigers coach Mick Newton said at half-time inspired his troops, as it only took them two minutes to put it into action when Luke Self took advantage of a gap in the defence and went through to score under the posts.

Norths were nearly in again not too long after the try, showing plenty of enterprise and confidence to keep attacking to get back into this game.

It was the fullback Aufaga-Toomaga again who struck gold when Norths did not ground his short kick - Elone Taufa diving on the loose ball to put Goodna back on track with a dominating 32-10 lead with 30 minutes to go.

At 40-10, the trophy was off getting the Eagles' name engraved on it when Chris Schwalger scored off a little kick in the corner with 13 minutes to go.

The Volunteers Cup was packed and heading up Ipswich Road to Noel Kelly Drive when the Eagles took advantage of an 11-man Norths outfit to ice the cake when Trivendra Naidu darted through to score his own grand final try.

Goodna celebrate at full-time. Photo: Bruce Clayton Photography
Goodna celebrate at full-time. Photo: Bruce Clayton Photography

Norths were able to end their day on a high with Tonga Moungra scoring on the right-hand side; but it wasn’t enough with Goodna completely dominating not just the grand final, but the entire Volunteers Cup, only losing one match all season.

Goodna Eagles 44 (Fa'ata'ape Timai 2, Rez Phillips, Iosua Afoa, BJ Aufaga-Toomaga, Elone Taufa, Christopher Schwalger, Trivendra Naidu tries; BJ Aufaga-Toomaga 6 goals) defeated Norths Tigers 16 (Ethan Page, Luke Self, Tonga Mounga tries; Tonga Mounga goal)

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