Springfield rue final defeat
DESPITE leading the way for much of the year, the Springfield Hawks suffered a disappointing double defeat in their grand final charge.
Having reached the title deciders in both Pegg and Barber Cup competitions, the Hawks success came back to bite them as both outfits fell in their final hurdle of the season.
A 24-17 loss to Wynnum in the Pegg Cup final on Saturday, was followed by a 25-15 loss to Caboolture as Springfield hoped to defend their Barber Cup premiership of 2015.
Despite the defeat, Springfield Barber Cup coach Jeremy Clark said Caboolture deserved to finish the season as number one.
"It would have been good to have had the chance to play them at home during the season but they were very deserving of the win," Clark said. "There wasn't much in it. We were leading at half-time but they scored in the first five minutes after the break and from there the momentum swung.
"It was 13-8 and we were still grinding away when they put a kick up and the bounce of the ball went the wrong way and they scored to put their lead out."
Springfield's success in reaching both grand finals might have proved their undoing, with Wynnum and Caboolture each only having one team to worry about.
"The hardest thing about having two teams in the finals is that you have everyone on deck," Clark said.
"There's a lot less to worry about if you only have one team to concentrate on. We usually have four or five Pegg boys to come up on the Barber bench but we had three of the Pegg boys go down in their game which threw a spanner in the works.
"Having said that I'm proud of the group of players we have. It's not easy making two grand finals and not many teams in any sport go back-to-back. We probably need some time to sit back and analyse some things but we'll come back from this."
Crowned the competition's most outstanding club of 2016, Springfield has already set their sights on expanding to include a Rugby 7's team to compete in a Brisbane competition next month.
Between the 7's and representative rugby union, the Hawks coaching staff will enjoy a short rest before preparations begin for another season.
Pre-season training is set to start in early January.
State of play
Pegg Cup: Wynnum Bugs 24 (Damian Sakko, James Festa, Grant Long, Andrew Tualaulelei tries; Bryce Edwards, Shane McKenna goals) def Springfield Hawks 17 (Jerome Tongalea, Manufou Pouvi, Usoalii Fiu tries; Manufou Pouvi goal) at Ballymore Stadium.
Barber Cup: Caboolture Snakes 25 (Lualau Vailoaloa, Constantine Stowers, Pauraic Boland tries; Thomas Aldridge 2 goals, Thomas Aldridge 2 penalties) def Springfield Hawks 15 (Faofua Tuala, Luke Hurunui tries, Lorenzo Clark goal, Lorenzo Clark penalty) at Ballymore Stadium.