The Leeton Greens have again shown their strength in a do-or-die game to come away with the reserve grade premiership.
Going up against local rivals and minor premiers Yanco-Wamoon they were clear underdogs but with an 18-6 win showed why you can never discount an underdog.
Leeton side had faced conditions similar to these in recent round having finished outside the top three and have had to defeat Yenda, Waratahs and Black and Whites in do-or-die games to get to the grand final.
Leeton coach Shane Wallace praised the way his side conducted themselves throughout the finals series.
“It’s awesome to come all the way back from fourth,” he said.
“We knew at the start of the year we would have a good side, and the boys picked up a few great finds halfway through the season.
“I knew that if we started to training well and put it out on the footy field, we would be quite good contenders.”
Leeton started stronger and was able to make the most of the pressure and a repeat set near their try line to have Dylan Frazer score next to the post.
After 20 minutes of back and forth football the sides looked like they would be going into halftime level after Josh Nikoro crossed for the Hawks just before the break.
Leeton had other ideas, and when Tevita Vatamaka scored right at the siren, the Greens had a 10-6 lead at the break.
The Greens were determined when they came back out for the second half, and with two tries in six minutes to centre Jeremy Pannuccio, Leeton looked to be running away with the game.
With Yanco-Wamoon unable to find an answer, the Leeton side was able to take the bragging rights back to the Shire with a 12-point win.
Wallace said his side's success came down to one key component.
“We completed our sets in the first half,” he said.
“I think we did 19 sets we completed 17 of them, so we just did the right things, the simple things, we did them right.
“We lost our way in the second half for about 25 minutes or so, but then we sort of got it back, but the boys they beat them and its the grand final, so they had to, there's no more games after that.”
The coach said the win over the local rivals gave the win more of a special feeling.
“At the local derby, we love sticking it to them,” he said.
“So to beat them in the grand finals it's the self-satisfaction for the township in itself, but to win the grand finals is great.
“To come from fourth is even a bit special, and our team, we set ourselves a goal,to make third.
“We fell short of that just, but to come from fourth, it's just awesome.”