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Toorak Blues Win

What happened: Ricoh Toorak Blues were officially crowned the Fulton Hogan Koroturaga Grade champions after defeating a spirited SSFL Stallions 8-6 in the final yesterday. While the Blues were eventual
19 Sep 2014 12:15
Toorak Blues Win
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What happened: Ricoh Toorak Blues were officially crowned the Fulton Hogan Koroturaga Grade champions after defeating a spirited SSFL Stallions 8-6 in the final yesterday.

While the Blues were eventual winners, the Stallions didn’t waste any time springing right into action in the opening minutes of the game with a penalty in the 8th minute.

The Blues followed suit setting up an opportunity for penalty in the 11th minute but missed. The odds changed in their favour at the halftime whistle with a try. Halftime: Ricoh Toorak Blues 5-3 SSFL Stallions

The Stallions regained the lead in the second half with a penalty in the 43rd minute to take the lead 6-5. For the next 30 odd minutes the game lapsed into a series of near tries and misses for both sides.

However, it was a penalty by Viliame Gasau in the closing minutes of the match that sealed the Blues victory and ended their eight-year hunt in search of promotion with success. The Blues will join the Premier grade next season.

Star turn:  Gasau’s delivery in a crucial moment of the game was crucial.

Big play: Both teams put on a spirited performance.

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Toorak Blues manager Akuila Rawaqa said, “We’re so proud of the boys. It’s been eight years of hard work trying to be promoted from the Koroturaga grade and it’s finally all paid off. We’ve been so fortunate to have the talented former national rep Waisea Daveta as our coach.

“His presence and vast knowledge and expertise in the game really boosted the boys’ confidence and performance. We’d really like to thank the Lord for this win. He has brought us through eight long hard-fought years and we thank him for the lessons we learned along the way.

“Without God’s guidance and blessings, we would have reached this game and we dedicate this win to God. The boys just went out on the field and thanked him the best way they know how by winning the grade.

“We’ll enjoy this achievement but we’ll be starting with an off-season programme which we’ll have to take a very serious look at because the Premier grade will be very tough next year so we want to make sure we get a good start and are prepared for the new season.”

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