PREMIERS: Dalby players celebrate as the final whistle is blown.
PREMIERS: Dalby players celebrate as the final whistle is blown. Michael Doyle

Dalby finally reach the top of the TRL mountain

MORE than two decades of heartache and pain were washed away in 80 minutes, when the Dalby Diehards A-grade side emphatically stamped themselves as the best team in the competition with a thumping 44-point victory in the grand final.

Going up against last year's premiers, Pittsworth Danes, the game had all the makings to be an instant classic, and in a way it was.

When Dalby scored its opening try through fullback Corey Blades in the sixth minute, the flood gate blew open.

In the next 20 minutes, the Dalby men put on four more tries and took an imaginable 32-0 lead at half time.

Coach Kerry Carmichael had preached to his troops all year about playing a full 80 minutes in their games, and on the day it matters his troops did just that.

Dalby second-rower Dan Manley crashed over in the 47th minute to extinguish any faint hopes of a Danes comeback.

The Diehards never looked like lapsing, as they continued to harass the Danes goal-line while maintaining the physicality in defence.

Dalby's defence which one them many games earlier in the ear was on display, with winger Alex Ambia saving two certain Danes tries with brilliant cover tackles.

Dalby blew the score out to 48-0 before Pittsworth second-rower Nick Schnitzerling had a moment of brilliance when he collected his own grubber kick to score the Danes only four points.

The victory is the Diehards first A-grade title and Carmichael was quick to dedicated the win to the Dalby supporters.

"We've been waiting a long time for this,” Carmichael said

"We've got lots of supporters who turn up every week to support us and we owe this one to them.”

Carmichael said his team did not have any new game plan for the 44-point victory, and stated his team's free flowing style of play which they had conducted all year brought them the trophy.

"We just worried about our own game,” he said.

"We worked hard early and created the opportunities for ourselves.”


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