Adelong stars shine

Gorman and Wilson lead Tigers to victory

Corey Wilson shows off the Burmeister Shield trophy after helping Gundagai to victory.

Adelong rugby league products Tyron Gorman and Corey Wilson will be the toast of the town for some time, after leading the Gundagai Tigers to victory in the Group 9 first grade and reserve grade deciders at McDonald’s Park on Sunday.

Tyron Gorman played at five eighth and had a leading hand in Gundagai’s dominant 40-18 first grade victory over Tumut, with his ball running and pinpoint kicking game causing the Blues troubles. 

The 25-year-old said it was the work of his middle men that made his job easier. 

“I was just doing my job. We have a pretty good middle unit there and they had to stand up against a big pack like Tumut, which they did, and it made mine and Derek’s (Hay) job 10 times easier,” Gorman said.

The Tigers playmaker said Gundagai deserved the win, and was proud to get it over such a strong Tumut line up. 

“As I said the other day, grand finals and days like today is what you play footy for,” Gorman said.

“We worked hard and we deserved it today. Tumut were a good side all year but we got the better of them today.”

Wilson, who has played a lot of first grade in 2020, suited up as the starting fullback in Gundagai’s reserve grade team that finished in a 10-all draw with the Young Cherrypickers. 

Even after five minutes of extra time, the sides couldn’t be split and it was the simple fact that Gundagai scored first that handed them the trophy. 

Tyron Gorman’s kicking game was on point against Tumut on Sunday.

Wilson said lifting the Burmeister Shield was extra special after losing to the Pickers in three previous grand finals. 

“It’s awesome, especially when I’ve played in three grand finals against Young previously and been beaten in all three, so being one for four is a little better,” Wilson laughed. 

Wilson said his team’s love for the black and gold jumper is what drove them to the historic win. 

“They were a big team, they had some big boys but we dug deep and when we all put on this jumper, we play as a team and we are best mates and I think that is what won it for us,” Wilson said. 

The proud Adelong product said results like these were important, especially for those future generation of players that will one day represent the Tigers.  

“It’s important for sure,” Wilson said. 

“There is only three of us in senior league with Gundagai that haven’t left and hopefully those juniors see us winning and keep coming up from Adelong and play for Gundagai.”  

One of those juniors is Ben Hannan, who also played on grand final day, with the Tigers Sullivan Cup team beaten by the strong Junee Diesels in the decider. Despite the loss, the winger still made the town and the club proud.