Townsville and District Rugby Union

Zambreros 1st Grade Wrap Up – Elimination Final

Teachers West 22 (C Mason 2c 1p, A Small 1t, K Nielsen 1t, H Huppatz 1t) def Burdekin 5 (L Gullotta 1t).

In this year’s Elimination Final, we saw both Burdekin and Teachers West go head to head in an entertaining display of Rugby Union. 


With both team’s keen for that Grand final spot it was ultimately Teachers West who prevailed keeping their 3rd consecutive premiership dreams alive. But it was Teachers that opened the score line with a damaging maul with their Back-rower Hugh Huppatz scoring. The Teachers Centre Colby Mason adding the extra two bringing the score to 7-0. Burdekin didn’t shy away from the contest and after some patient phase play and destructive ball carrying, it was the class of Burdekin’s winger Lachlan Gullota that finished it all off and added the five points. Half time score Teachers West 7 over Burdekin 5. With the second half stating it didn’t take long for Teachers West to show why they are the premiership contenders. Through their dominant presence at the break down and consistent pressure on Burdekin’s try line, Kris Neilsen the big front rower for Teachers crossed over taking their lead to seven points with Colby Mason quick to add the extra points. This year’s Elimination Final was among the most physical with Burdekin’s contact at the tackle contest rattling a few Teachers West players, most notably Burdekin’s Number 5, Anthony Oar stepping up with some heavy contact. Although Burdekin’s defence was strong, Teachers west proved too much where they continued to add the points on. Teachers kept all the ball within their forward pack and after countless phases, Angus Small crossed over and ultimately sealed the deal for the defending premiers. Full time score, Teachers west 22 defeat Burdekin 5.

After a lengthy season of many up’s and down’s, we finally come down to the Finale. The anticipation has been building after 20 rounds of regular competition and 2 rounds of Finals footy. Two teams have emerged to battle it out for the TDRU Premiership, Congratulations to Brothers and Teachers West who go head to head this week at 5:00pm in the Grand Finale.

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