Norths charge home for ?threepeat
By AARON KELLY
AFTER 79 minutes, a piece of attacking brilliance proved the difference between two gallant sides at Browne Park yesterday.
Carried home by their army of supporters, the CQU Norths Chargers completed a Rockhampton Local League "threepeat'' with a thrilling 44-40 win over arch-foes Rockhampton Brothers.
A Bradley Cameron try in the dying seconds gave his side a "miracle'' victory after the Chargers fullback scooped up an opportunist chip by centre Ben Toby to score outwide.
"I now believe in miracles,'' said Chargers coach Darryl Horstman, who was celebrating his first A-grade premiership as a coach and player.
"They showed their true character at the end of the day.''
Trailing 18-10 at halftime, the Chargers hit back in the opening minutes of the second half when Justin Loomans grabbed his second try.
However, Brothers second-rower Sam McInnerney took full ad- vantage of some tryline errors by the Chargers to bag a double of his own in the space of five minutes and give his side a 28-16 lead.
With 25 minutes remaining, big forward Joel Garrick launched a late Chargers' fightback and winger John Tamanika also crossed before producing one of the plays of the match.
Making an inspired run from dummy-half, Tamanika was stopped inches away from the tryline and on the next play Toby dummied his way over to give the Chargers the lead for the first time in the match 34-28.
The Brethren regained the lead through tries to Luke Hopkins, Hughie Stanley and Wade Gaukroger before Garrick crashed over in the corner with six minutes left.
Chargers captain James Waterton missed the sideline conversion and Rockhampton Brothers stayed in front 40-38 before Cameron's miracle try.
"You can't take anything away from Norths ? they're a champion side,'' a gutted Rockhampton Brothers captain Gavin Duffy said after the match.