Family ties highlight Group 9 grand finals

Steve Reardon (middle) with Billy and Jed Reardon, who both won their group 9 grand finals on Sunday.

In a terrific day of rugby league at McDonald’s Park on Sunday, it was the story of Steve Reardon and his sons Billy and Jed winning grand finals for different clubs that arguably stole the show.  

The former Canterbury Bulldogs star and Temora Dragons 2004 premiership winning captain/coach was as proud as punch, watching on as Jed helped the Junee Diesels to a dominant 34-4 victory over Gundagai Tigers in the under 16s Sullivan Cup, while Billy pulled the strings for the Wagga Kangaroos during their thrilling 14-10 win over Brothers in the under 18s Weissel Cup.

“It was terrific, they both played really well, they both contributed and they both got a try, which is good,” Reardon said.

“It’s a happy household.”

Both Reardon boys really stood out in their games too, with Jed playing up a year to help the strong Diesels in 2020, proving safe as a house on the wing and a handful when running the ball.

The strong and rangy winger will certainly fill out in the years to come and looks another promising Temora product. 

Billy played at five-eighth for the Roos and was the cornerstone of their attack, barking orders and knowing when to take the line on; evident by him scoring the opening try of the decider. 

The talented playmaker has really come into his own this season and has been one of the most consistent for the Roos. 

“It’s good to see them playing footy. They made a new lot of mates this year and they enjoyed themselves,” Reardon said. 

“Winning today is just a bonus, but they deserved it.”

Reardon admitted it would have been nice to see both boys playing for his beloved Dragons and hoped that both would be back in the red and white in 2021. 

“Hopefully we can get the Dragons back playing again next year, it will be an uphill battle but hopefully they can bring a few mates along,” Reardon said. 

In other grand finals played on the day, the Burmeister Shield reserve grade game finished a draw, with the Gundagai Tigers and Young Cherrypickers unable to be split even after five minutes of extra time.

In heartbreaking news for the Pickers, Tigers emerged as the winners, due to the fact they scored the first try of the match.

The women’s leaguetag decider was another entertaining affair and an unbeaten Young Cherrypickers were too smart for Jess Beer and her Wagga Kangaroos, winning 18-4.

The Tumut product did score a good try for the Roos, but Young just had too much firepower. 

Group 9 GF results

Sullivan Cup: Junee 34 defeated Gundagai 4 

Wessel Cup: Kangaroos 14 defeated Brothers 10

Leaguetag: Young 18 defeated Kangaroos 4

Burmeister Shield: Gundagai 10 drew with Young 10 (Tigers won due to scoring first)

First Grade: Gundagai 40 defeated Tumut 18