Back to Back 1st Grade Premiers

Posted:
18th Aug 2014

Author:
Brock Parker

Quins have gone Back to Back 1st Grade Premiers for the first time in the club's 86 year history. 3rd Grade were also successful but unfortunately 2nd Grade were unable to get up in their Grand Final. 

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1st Grade led for the entire match opening up an early 12-0 lead with tries to Pom Simona and Justin Marsters before a penalty and a 3rd try to Angus Hamilton opened up a 20-0 lead just before the half. Unfortunately Box Hill struck back with tries just before the half and straight after making the game live at 20-12 but Quins struck straight back with a try to Kemu Valetini before he kicked 2 penalty goals to have Quins cruising at 33-12. Box Hill scored a late try on the siren to have the final score 33-19. 

Hooker Kolo Mahe was named the VRU Man of the Match and backrower OJ Noa was named the 2014 Premiers Grade Player of the season. 

2nd Grade had one of those days when things just didn't click - going down to a determined Endeavour Hills 23-15. The team started strongly with an early try and Hills responded with their own try before some individual brilliance from Michael Shadbolt (White Caviar) saw him score in the corner which was followed by a penalty to Quins. Endeavour Hills responded with a try to have the half time score 15-14 in Quins favour. That was it for scoring for Quins as a number of opportunities were missed by both teams to score tries with Endeavour Hills kicking 3 penalties to secure the match 23-15 in their favour. Shadders played well as did the ever green Maciu Vosa and special mention to the courage of fly half Tim Carman who played with a broken hand.

3rd Grade ended Melbourne's 4 year premiership streak in 3rd Grade with a commanding 33-12 victory off the back of the trusty boot of fly half Josh Moore. Melbourne came out running and after 3 minutes had scored a try with Quins not touching the ball for the first 10 minutes of the game and under huge pressure. Some poor goal kicking kept Quins in the game and then when we finally got our hands on the ball and played the wide up tempo game we had planned a good try was to follow. Quins then dominated field position and with Josh Moore kicking 4 penalty goals we went to the half 19-5. The 2nd half continued as per the end of the first half with Quins field position and Moore kicking penalties to have the score out to 26-5 before Quins 2nd try of the day killed off the contest and the Unicorns getting a late try.