WERRIS Creek captain Rob Symington is not sure what is more unbelievable – his side’s defence in Saturday’s Group 4 Second Division grand final, the 44-nil scoreline or the fact that he scored three tries and was player of the match.
The Magpies were almost unstoppable with ball in hand against Kootingal at David Taylor Park but their defence was perfect, even when Kooty had a number of sets on the Creek line just before halftime.
“We felt good going in at halftime,” Symington said.
“In the second half we were running downhill and with the wind behind us.
“They put us under the pump but all the boys really dug in.
“It was the best we’ve played all year.”
Creek led 16-nil at the break and went on with the job with the wind at their back in the second half.
It was a surprising scoreline, if not a shock result.
“We knew we could do it,” Symington said.
“We’ve worked hard and trained hard.
“We just had to do it on the field.
“But we knew Kooty would come out blazing.
“They’ve been really strong in the games we’ve played against them during the year.”
Symington is one of the senior players in the Creek side, and there are plenty of them.
He has been playing with the club for more than a decade and the likes of Stewart Porter, Warren Hausfeld and coach Ron Dellar have been there throughout that time as well.
“A few of us are getting on,” Symington said.
“We’re umming and ahhing about retiring, especially in the 100th year.
“But I think we’ll stick together for next year and try to make it back to back, especially with the Parsons brothers keeping us on the field, and Ronnie Dellar as coach.
“I take my hat off to him.
“He got this club going again.
“There’s been a lot of good times and bad and I’ve been through them all with him.”
Symington said Porter was already a star when he first started playing at the Creek and he was also instrumental in Saturday’s win.
“I started in seniors in 1997, the year after the Clayton Cup,” Symington said.
“I played juniors and then reserve grade.
“Fuzz (Porter) was my mentor in A grade.
“He’s been a real asset to the club.
“I don’t think we’ll see him retire for a while yet.”
Symington was named man of the match after the grand final.
His three-try effort impressed the judges but shocked him as much as anyone.
He hasn’t scored many hat-tricks.
“Not in a big game like this,” he said.
“The old legs have just about had it, or the left one has.
“I don’t know how I did it.”