Queensland Premier Rugby is done for another year.
We got it wrong thinking UQ would be too good and go back-to-back, a defiant Easts team outplaying them in all facets to claim the Hospital Challenge Cup. Easts pack really stood up, a dominant showing with best on ground Rhys Van Nek leading the way.
6 grand finals to Easts, 4 to Brothers and 1 to GPS.
That's how it ended up, UQ losing all four grand finals over the weekend, including the trifecta in Colts with Brothers winning the triple crown across Colts 1, 2 & 3.
And not only did they did lose them all, but they got their hearts broken in all 3 games.
Colts 3, it was a 2-point loss, some resilient Brothers defense holding out a much more fancied university in a sensational start to Saturday morning.
Colts 2, well it was a last minute try to Brothers flanker Jock Thompson, that one really hurt the students!
Colts 1 it looked like it was going to what many would have perceived to be the pre-game script, then Brothers somehow levelled things up before half-time and were dominant thereafter. An epic game, Brothers winning led by their dominant halves combination in Tarabay & Pappin and completing a clean sweep.
In fact UQ also lost in Colts 4, ouch.
Grades football was dominated for the most part by Easts including the Second Grade premiership and of course the main prize on Sunday afternoon. GPS got the 4th grade title whilst Brothers had a rough Saturday afternoon, losing 3rd, 4ths & 5ths in some good games of footy.
The women's match was an absolute belter as well on Sunday morning, Easts prevailing over a gallant GPS side and it was arguably the best game across the weekend - highly entertaining. GPS trailed by just 2 points and it felt like they were in the Easts 22m for the best part of the last 10-15 minutes, somehow the Easts girls held on!
Fair to say that Tigerland and Crosby Park would have both been pumping last night and the boys and girls are getting stuck in on their respective Mad Monday celebrations as we speak.
Perhaps they all just keep it going for the Cup tomorrow and make it a full bender?
For the most part, the refereeing didn't get in the way over the weekend, perhaps except for one scrum late on Saturday, we won't say anything more on that. Yikes!
In fact, a rather shocking injury to Brothers centre Sam Hicks on Sunday looked pretty bad, the handling of that situation by referee Brett Cronan was bloody sensational.
All in all, well done to all involved. It'll be a short break before attention will turn to 2021 and a return to the normal sort of season that we've become accustomed to over time.
Grand final weekend did not fail to deliver.
Club rugby, it's pretty bloody good and our coverage of QPR will be bigger and better in 2021!
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