The curtain has fallen on the Group 19 2012 season, which has been marred week in week out by controversy. The Guyra Super Spuds certainly weren’t the flavour of the year and the rub of the green wasn’t going to change in the grand final.
The Spudettes were on track for a three peat, being 6 all at half time but minor premiers Tingha lifted that bit extra for their first League Tag title 18-6. Despite the loss Guyra can feel proud of their season.
Armidale Under 18s made it three titles in a row to knock over minor premiers Glen Innes 24-22 in a sweet win. The Boomerangs won Reserve grade 34-28 against Tingha who gave away too much start.
In the main game Glen Innes were odds on favourites to win after the events of recent weeks. If Guyra were to have any chance they knew they had to overcome more than one obstacle. League is a numbers game and with quantity and quality you have some chance and the severely depleted Spuds and mates gave it their best shot, but when you’re down nothing goes right.
Even on Sunday the bounce wouldn’t go Guyra’s way with some unfavourable decisions and a penalty count in the first half of 8-2 and 5-1 in the second. It was too much to counteract and Guyra were down 24-12 at the break and Glen Innes had the game sewn up, to race to a 60-22 win.
Blake Handebo scored two tries, Josh Koroibula a try and Corey Torrens a try and three goals.
To our coaches Jamie and Jason you did a remarkable job. There were many highs in the year and to one and all who in any way gave Guyra Super Spuds and Spudettes a helping hand a capital thank you and God willing we will be back to see what another year brings.
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