Runaways rip crown away from Greenbacks
The Broome Touch Association’s second season for 2019 ended in dramatic style as the Tox Free Runaways knocked off defending premiers Greenbacks to take out the division one crown.
There was a sense of deja vu with both teams having faced off two weeks prior in the semifinals and in the 2019 season one grand final, where the Greenbacks won on both occasions.
Both teams came out firing, although the Greenbacks were first to score with a try from Elle Fong.
The Runaways, not willing to back down early, began to step up in defence while Fletcher Ghandour broke through to score a try.
In the midst of the even contest, an impressive lob pass to Lachlan Bonner resulted in the Runaways taking the lead.
But Greenbacks’ Sonny Dann quickly responded with a try of his own to bring the scores level. Runaways’ Jeremy Hall took the lead back with a try, only to have the scores levelled again by Fong.
A late try by Lani Jackson saw the Runaways lead by just one try at half-time.
Following the half-time break, Runaways were quick to gain ground in a bid to extend their lead while the Greenbacks looked to step up their defence.
It wasn’t until halfway through the second half that another try was scored, with Runaways’ Madison McGregor intercepting the ball and speeding off to score.
As errors began to cost the Greenbacks, Bonner scored himself a second try to extend Runaways’ lead to three tries.
While the Greenbacks had several near misses, Peta Channing stepped up to score for her team.
However, their efforts seemed futile as the Runaways went on to take the premiership 6-4.
Meanwhile in division two, a second-half comeback saw the Primewest Panthers defeat the formidable Lights Out 9-5 to become the premiers.
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