It certainly wasn’t the finish that everyone had been hoping for but the Woolpack Roosters have been crowned the Roddy Shield winners for 2020.
With the competition abandoned with one round remaining due to the government’s ban on non-essential gatherings, the Tumut Oldboys and Supporters Club decided to anoint the Roosters as the champions.
In the eyes of the Oldboys and various Tumut Pub 9s teams, Woolpack were the deserved winners of the trophy, after they went undefeated through eight rounds of competition.
Oldboys secretary Dossie Carr emailed all clubs on Monday, explaining the reason for their decision after a meeting to decide the overall winner was cancelled.
“Due to the ongoing changes in laws, the unknown of the Coronavirus and our concern for one another’s health, the Tumut Blues Oldboys executive committee have no other alternative then to cancel the committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 24 at Club Tumut,” Carr wrote.
“After considering the opinion of those team delegates who responded to our email dated March 17, the executive have democratically decided to award the Pub 9s Roddy Shield to the undefeated Woolpack Roosters.”
Carr further elaborated on the closeness of the competition and outlined why the committee wouldn’t be naming a winner for the Bristow/Madigan Plate.
“The Executive looked at the closeness of the Bristow/Madigan Plate and considered it unfair to name a winner,” Carr wrote.
“Although there was only one round of the competition to be played prior to the finals, there were four teams who mathematically, could have been involved in the play-offs.
“We realise there are some who will not agree with the decisions laid out above, however, as the executive, we feel we have considered all the pros and cons of what could have been and have acted in the best interests of the Tumut Blues Oldboys Pub 9s competition and those competing in it.”
Woolpack captain/coach Tommy Jeffery was pleased that his side was named the winner but admitted it wasn’t the way they wanted to lift the Roddy Shield.
“All the boys are happy that the Tumut Oldboys decided we were the winners, a lot of us have made the point that we would have rather lost a grand final than have not played in one at all,” Jeffery said.
“Obviously it wasn’t the way we wanted to be awarded the Roddy Shield but under the circumstances, I can’t see that anyone else more deserving.”
Jeffery said that it was one of his most enjoyable seasons playing in the Tumut Pub 9s, even highlighting some of the new recruits who made a real difference in 2020.
“It was the funniest season I’ve had yet, mainly because we had plenty of young blokes,” Jeffery said.
“Growing up and playing footy with Braydo (Brayden Draber) and Jeremiah (Freeman), I tried to con them into jumping ship and they did thankfully.
“Then I wanted to get a couple of the 18s boys, so I asked Will Casey and Hunter Lee, who ended up being two of our best.”
The Roosters skipper said his side really wanted to prove themselves though and would’ve loved a crack at Adelong in the final round of the competition.
“It was just a shame that the way the season came to an end without us fully getting a chance to prove ourselves,” Jeffery said.
As far as performance on the field, Jeffery identified a few players that really took his side to another level.
“Our best week in week out performers were probably a tie between Brody Sutton, Hunter Lee and Matt Tozer,” he said.
“They all played every game and made a massive difference, especially Toz (Matt Tozer) out of dummy-half, he was probably close to the best in the competition in my opinion.”
The Woolpack Roosters now plan on keeping their side together as they envision going all the way in 2021.
“We will have to keep our side together now and see if we can do it again next year,” Jeffery said.
“Hopefully we prove those doubters we are the best team and nobody was robbed.”