TIM FENWICK completed a winning season when led his North Tamworth Bears to a 33-26 win over Narrabri in Sunday’s Group 4 second grade grand final.
Earlier in the week, Fenwick was named the G4 second grade player of the year at the Group 4 presentation night in Gunnedah.
“Daylight was second,” said G4 president Barry Pratten at Sunday’s grand final as he not only handed Fenwick, the Bears’ captain-coach, the premiership trophy, but then the player of the match award as well.
That the Bears would win the grand final looked an iffy proposition when the Blues came from 12-nil down to lead 20-12 at half-time.
The sin-binning of North centre Marc Sutherland midway through the second half had a reverse effect on Narrabri as North, with 12 men, clawed its way back to trail 20-18.
When lanky fullback Tom Flanders dummied his way over for a try to make it 24-20, the Bears were on the way back.
Flanders then scored a second to make it 28-20.
When little hooker Chris Berry scrambled over for another try, the Bears were up 32-20 and then Robbie Bergan added a field goal.
Narrabri had a few chances and did manage to score a late try through Sam Saddler but the Bears were able to hold them out for an enthralling win that looked anything but when down by eight.
“It’s been a great effort all season,” an exhausted Tim Fenwick said after the grand final.
“We’ve been up and down all year but stuck together.
“I’ve been proud of the boys.”
He said the grand final was typical of matches his side had played all year where it played some good football interspersed with some lacklustre stuff to let opposing sides back in.
To win the G4 Second Grade Player of the Year and grand final man of the match were personal triumphs he could savour as well.
“All the awards go back to the team,” the 34-year-old Fenwick said.
“I couldn’t do any of that without the team around me.
“They are a great bunch.
“I’m very happy with them but Narrabri didn’t make it easy for us.
“We clocked off for a while there and they always made us play well to pull it out.”
While Fenwick was inspirational, prop Luke Hull helped set a platform with Barega and Baraki Knox in the engine room.
Five-eighth Ben Browning had a huge game as well and fullback Tom Flanders crossed for two tries.
Narrabri winger Jason Wallace also scored two good tries and was always a danger with his pace on the left flank.
Centre Dylan Harradine-Hall was strong, half Normie Lawler worked hard and hooker Jacob Booby was outstanding in attack and defence.