Norths back as region dominator after 11 years
By AARON KELLY
THE CQU Norths Chargers have set their sights on dominating the Central Queensland rugby league scene after claiming their first premiership double in 11 years at Rockhampton's Browne Park on Saturday night.
The Chargers powered to the 2005 CQ Extended League title with a commanding 40-26 win over defending champions Wallabys.
The premiership triumph followed the club's third straight Rockhampton Rugby League title last month after a season of dominance and is their first double since 1994.
"There are some players here that can go a long way in the game,'' Chargers coach Darryl Horstman said.
"If they stick together they'll be awesome for years to come.''
The Chargers entered the grand final rematch with Wallabys as red-hot favourites and the signs looked ominous when lock Paul Albury scored in the opening minute from a charge-down.
However, Wallabys hit back with two quick tries to lead 10-6, but on the back of their huge support base, the Chargers went into the break 18-10 in front.
Any chance of an upset was blown off the park by a rampant Chargers outfit after the break.
The home side raced to a match-winning 32-10 lead with some entertaining tries ? none better than winger John Tamanika's 90-metre effort ? before fiveeighth Anthony Toby halted a late Wallabys fightback when he scored in the final minutes.
Horstman showered praise on his troops for such a successful season, which included just one loss, and paid tribute to a gallant Wallabys side.
"Wallabys had nothing to lose and they stuck it to us in the first half.
"It's been a fantastic season and this is something special,'' he said.
Chargers captain James Waterton and forwards Anthony Munns, Joel Garrick and Andrew Dale set the platform for the premiership win.
For Wallabys, captain Ron Craig, halfback Gary Brown and player-coach Aaron Farrar were their side's best.