Roosters reign after intense battle

TWO Wells held off a rejuvenated Virginia side to win a superb contest in the reserves grand final on Saturday.

Running out onto their home deck, the Roosters looked extremely confident, buoyed by the 30-goal flogging of their opponents just two weeks prior.

But this was to be a far cry from the walkover in the second semi final, the Rams beginning well to take a five-point margin into the first change.

It was a tense battle throughout the afternoon but the first half was the real highlight, both sides flying in at will, putting their bodies on the line.

The class of Peter Mylonopoulos was creating headaches for Two Wells, but the Roosters were countering Virginia’s quality through the efforts of Peter Seccafien and Matthew Sincock, who has stood out all year.

Michael Abdilla was emerging as a genuine danger around the ground but his impact on the scoreboard was to be telling in the wash-up for the Roosters.

Two Wells took a small lead into the last quarter, the three-point margin reminiscent of the closeness of the contest to that point.

It was a frantic final term, as players tired and the warm weather took its toll.

The defensive work of Devon Oliver, who set up a number of forward forays for the Rams, was vital, but as soon as the ball made its way into Virginia’s forward line, Two Wells worked hard to turn it back in their favour.

Jason Becker goaled to make the lead 11 points but Justin Stoyanoff booted his third to keep Virginia in the hunt.

Like he has all season, Scott Wise emerged as the difference for the Roosters, kicking what proved to be the match-winner in the end.

Credit to both sides, it was a high-quality display.

Abdilla’s three goals proved critical for his side, while Brandon Daly’s consistent effort throughout the day earned him the award for best on ground, although Peter Seccafien couldn’t have been far out of those considerations either.

For Virginia, Peter and Con Mylonopoulos were vital but not quite enough, and Stoyanoff’s performance up forward kept his team in it.

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