Record 6th Consecutive T.R.L A Grade Title

Toowoomba Valleys A Grade side came back from 12 points down against Oakey Bears to continue their TRL premiership dynasty.

The Roosters trailed by 30-18 with 19 minutes to go before staging a comeback to win 37-30 in what was an enthralling grand final.

With scores locked at 30-30 with three minutes remaining, Valleys stalwart Justin McKellar darted out from dummy half close to the Oakey line to score the telling try in front of about 4500 spectators.

Halfback Matt Duggan potted a field goal from 40 metres out in the 79th minute to seal the club’s sixth-straight A grade premiership.

And despite enjoying success for another year, 2011 will go down as a satisfying win for the Roosters given the turnover of players from last year. Valleys coach Justin Murphy said.

It’s a very good victory for us considering the guys that we did lose from last year.
It is very satisfying and it’s good that a lot of the guys have come up through the juniors.

While for Oakey it was a tough way to end what has been a fairytale season.

The Bears came from second-last in 2010 to lead a grand final with 14 minutes to go.

Valleys were on top early in the game, getting out to a 12-0 lead after 28 minutes thanks to two tries from centre Shane Argent.

But Oakey capitalised on a few Valleys errors to quickly run in three tries before the break to hold an unlikely 18-12 lead at half-time.

Oakey scored two tries to Valleys’ one in the 20 minutes following half-time to see the Bears lead 30-18 with 19 minutes to go.

But Valleys hit back with tries to Duggan and Steven Lee before McKellar scored the match-winner three minutes from full-time. Coach Murphy said:

It could have gone either way this one but our guys, we toughed it out, we trained all year for these situations and we got the result.

Valleys were made to work for the win by a powerful Bears line-up that showed why they finished the season as minor premiers.

Source: Toowoomba Chronicle

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