Muddies dig deep in grand final clash on home turf
DESPITE a stellar season, the Bowen Mudcrabs couldn't secure the top spot in today's rugby final, suffering a devastating loss to Mackay City.
Mackay City came out strong and lead from the outset with strong defence during the first half.
The Muddies dug deep with the support of a home crowd to narrow the margin to 19-12 at half time.
However, Mackay proved superior in the end with a strong second half that brought the score to 38-22 at the final siren.
Coach Tom Andison said it was a disappointing to have a loss on home turf but congratulated the Muddies for a strong season.
The Muddies came up against Mackay City in the semi finals and secured a convincing 40-14 win with high hopes they would match that today.
However, Mr Andison said the Mackay side studied their play and used it to their advantage in the battle for the top title.
"We didn't stick to our game plan, we went away from our structure a bit," he said.
"They played better than they did two weeks ago.
"They learned some things from our game and they used that to beat us, so all props to them."
Mr Andison said the Muddies had a good scrum and lineout but didn't use the ball in the best way during open play.
Player of the game went to fullback Matty Jenkins who Mr Andison said played "exceptionally" despite the windy conditions.
Mr Andison said the Muddies put in a strong effort in what was an interrupted season because of coronavirus and said today's loss would motivate them to dig even deeper next season.
"It's disappointing, it does hurt but we'll take that hurt and mould it into a bigger and better team for next year," he said.
"We didn't even have a team last year at all and (Mackay) City have just played in their seventh grand final in a row.
"They know each other, they play with each other and they know how to win big games whereas we're just learning how to do that together as a team.
"I thought we had that today, but that experience and that loss today will really hold us in good stead next year."