CBH Steelers whitewash season grand final series
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
CBH Steelers whitewashed the Gladstone Touch Association summer season first division grand finals, picking up a hat-trick of titles at Briffney Creek on Saturday.
In a grand final program in which exciting play was not restricted to the top grade, CBH Steelers triumphed in tight mixed and men's deciders and were comfortable winners in the women's encounter.
A late flurry of tries enabled CBH Steelers to capture the men's clash 9-7 against Port Curtis Electrical despite battling without an interchange.
Port Curtis Electrical appeared headed for the title early when they crossed three times in the first 11 minutes while keeping their opponents scoreless.
They retained a 4-2 lead at halftime and then extended it soon after the break when best and fairest player James Radloff used his explosive pace to post a runaway try
However, CBH Steelers gradually worked their way back into the match, beginning with a try to captain and Australian representative Matt Baker in the 29th minute.
That touchdown sparked his side into action, CBH Steelers ignoring tired legs to post three successive tries between the 34th and 37th minutes to claim the lead for the first time.
The match finished with three tries within the space of a minute with Greg Katsanevas and Andrew Watt crossing for Port Curtis Electrical, between which Baker snared the match-sealing touchdown for CBH Steelers.
Radloff was a deserved recipient of the best and fairest award with a sparkling performance on a beaten team but must have just edged out excellent efforts by Baker, Grant Stokes and Glen Forbes for CBH Steelers.
Aaron Cameron and Aaron Nagas also proved their finishing skills by each posting a hat-trick of tries as did Radloff. Katsanevas was impressive for Port Curtis Electrical alongside Brett Young, Watt and David Breslin.