Grand final glory for gutsy 13s

The TML 13s celebrate their Group 9 grand final win over the Wagga Kangaroos.

Tumut Minor League’s Bellettes Bulk Bins under 13s have tasted Group Nine junior rugby league glory after a gripping 22-16 grand final win over the Kangaroos at McDonald’s Park on Saturday.

The Blues had to come back from 8-nil down early in the contest and 12-10 down in the second half to secure the win.

Battling away with only 15 players for most of the season, the Blues had to contest with a Wagga side that boasted 28 registered players, a triumph that didn’t go unnoticed by co-coach Jon Burgun.

“This is a fantastic reward for years of hard work and a real team effort,” he said.

“The boys hung tough and bounced back from a poor start.”

Burgun believes the win is a sign of the culture that is a strong part of Tumut Minor League.

“This win is a testament to the Blues’ character and passion for the game,” he said.

“We are all great mates, which makes it a pleasure to be involved in.”

Tumut went into the game after previously knocking off the minor premier Roos in the first round of the finals and hopes were high of repeating the result and winning the Group Nine Southern Pool.

The baby Blues started slowly and conceded two quick tries and were 8-nil down after 15 minutes.

Tumut bounced back though with tries to Angus Williams and Eric Pearce; Callum Rossiter converting the second try for a 10-8 lead at the break.

The second half was another slow start for the Blues with the Wagga side scoring again and taking a 12-10 lead.

Mitchell Lawrence then had the Blues back in front with a nice try; Rossiter converting for a 16-12 lead.

Williams then blew the game right open with a brilliant 50 metre run, evading multiple defenders to score a very classy try; Rossiter converting for a 22-12 lead.

The Roos managed another try to bring the scores back to 22-16 but Tumut held strong and tackled their way to a thrilling victory.

Angus Williams was deservedly named man of the match and the Blues and Tumut Minor League went on to celebrate a terrific grand final win.

Tumut Blues 22 (Tries: Angus Williams 2; Eric Pearce, Mitchell Lawrence; conversions: Callum Rossiter 3) defeated Wagga Kangaroos 16 (Tries: Joel Skippen, Jett Lucas, Ryan Kemp, Andy Owen).