Noosa junior side claims final three-peat
When grand final day rolls around in the Sunshine Coast Rugby Union competition, a group of Noosa lads have a pretty handy secret weapon at their disposal.
Former Wallaby Michael O’Connor.
The dual international coached Noosa’s Under 15 side to a comfortable 15-0 victory over Maroochydore in the decider at Stockland Park on Saturday.
It was the third successive year the side had claimed the silverware after also taking out the Under 13 and 14 competitions the previous two seasons.
But after streeting the rest of the field in 2006 and 2007, O’Connor’s squad had to work a little harder to seal the “three-peat”.
“It was a lot closer this year; we’ve won quite comfortably the last couple of years,” O’Connor said.
“Maroochydore have really come on well. Huia Whale is a real good up-and-coming coach who has done a great job with them.
“It was an even comp through the year, but we came good in the semis last week and obviously today.”
O’Connor said his side handled the pressure of grand final football impressively.
“I think our boys were really up for it today, we have some gun players and they showed what they can do,” he said.
“They handle pressure well and were able to handle it today.”
Noosa didn’t fare as well in the Under 13 grand final, shut out by Caloundra 24-0, while Sunshine Coast Grammar won the Under 14 15-a-side decider over University 18-6.
The only nail biter came in the Under 14 12-a-side grand final, with Caloundra needing a countback to secure the title.
The match finished at 24-all, but Caloundra were given the nod as minor premiers.