Season ends on an emotional high for Temora

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FOUR IN A ROW: Temora celebrate its Sullivan Cup premiership after it downed Brothers 22-12 in the grand final at Equex Centre yesterday. Pictures: Laura HardwickTEARS flowed after Temora completed a remarkable rise from rugby league adversity to capture the Sullivan Cup premiership at Equex Centre yesterday.

In a fabulous end to a golden stretch of football success, the Dragons withstood a courageous challenge from Brothers to win the Sullivan Cup grand final 22-12.

After scoring three tries to one in the first half, Temora led 16-6 at half-time but had to wait until the final minutes to seal the victory.

In a cliffhanger finish, the Dragons held tight under intense pressure from the Brethren to ultimately secure the cherished Sullivan Cup trophy with a steaming try to second rower Luke Skidmore in the 54th minute.

Amid the celebrations later, Temora captain Joe Oliver was swept up in utter football emotion.

Speaking to The Daily Advertiser later, Oliver said he was devastated the team that had won four successive grand finals was to be broken up.

“This is my last game with best mate Hayden Lomax,” the Dragons skipper said.

“That’s why I’m so emotional.

“He’s going to Wollongong next year.”

Brushing aside the tears, Oliver said the Dragons team had a great bond of mateship.

“We all grew up together,” he said.

“We’ve played together for years too.

“This is our fourth grand final together.”

After three straight successes in Group Nine competitions, Oliver and his mates made it a sensational quartet in stunning style yesterday.

Lomax later admitted yesterday’s triumph had not come easy.

“At the start of the year we only had eight players,” he said.

“Then we had nine … it grew from there.

“It’s been a very tough year, but this has made it all worthwhile.”

For Oliver, yesterday’s grand final marked a new beginning in his career.

One of three Temora players to have played for the Country under 18 team this year, Oliver has already been snapped up for an NRL contract by the Bulldogs.

At a time when Canterbury prepares for the NRL premiership decider next Sunday, Oliver is savouring his own special football memory.

Despite the sadness, Oliver was delighted for his team, particularly rampaging second rower Luke Skidmore, who clinched the Reg Wheeler Medal as the best player on the ground.

And it was hard to argue with the selection of Skidmore as the top performer of the game.

The powerfully built back rower not only scored two tries, but made more line-breaks than other player on the day.

Skidmore’s charges gave Temora much of the momentum, but it was Oliver and his mate Hayden Lomax that got the Dragons in front in the opening minutes.

Barely 90 seconds after the start, Oliver split the Brethren up the middle before offloading brilliantly for Lomax to steam in the clear, eventually putting prop Kayne Gordon over for the first try.

By the time Heath Lomax chipped brilliantly for Zac Wiencke to snatch the ball for a try in the 11th minute, and Zac Lomax converted, the Dragons were booming at 12-0 ahead.

When Nick Hay struck back for Brothers in the 17th minute, the Brethren were back in it big time, but Skidmore skittled the recovery by barnstorming over for a try six minutes later.

Up 16-6 at half-time, Temora was stung minutes into the second half, with five-eighth Lachie Harper serving up a great pass for Riley Flint to miraculously ground the ball for a try in a tangle of Temora defenders.

With Hay’s conversion, Brothers trailed 16-12, but Oliver wrapped things up for Temora by setting up Skidmore for the winning try six minutes from the end.

For Temora, the victory continued a season-long domination of Brothers.

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