Jalen Riley, 15, pushes through a tackle, spurred on by the memory of his mother.
Jalen Riley, 15, pushes through a tackle, spurred on by the memory of his mother. Contributed

South Tweed driven to post ‘special win’

SOUTH Tweed Bears under-15s have won a premiership in the Tweed Byron Group 18 Junior Rugby League Competition after being spurred on by a tragic loss at the club.

After the loss of beloved first-aid officer Teresa Walsh during the season, son Jalen Riley and his teammates showed courage and emotion to will themselves to the premiership.

Club president Brian Cox said the team was driven by the tragic loss, using it as motivation going into the grand final.

“The boys had a special reason to win it for a special person and a beloved member of the club who passed away earlier in the year,” Cox said.

Riley had the letters “mum” written on his wristband and there were times during the match where the team had to pull together with emotions running high.

The Bears dominated Tugun 32-6, with Bear Hayden Baker taking out the man-of-the-match.

The Bears’ other side contesting a premiership were their under-14s who went down to Murwillumbah.

Murwillumbah were in control and, despite a late comeback from the Bears, the final scoreline was 28-14.

Cox said coach Damien Towell enjoyed the moment of coaching the under-14s in the grand final after his first season in charge and will follow the team into the under-15s next season.

In other results, Cudgen came away with two premierships after wins in the under-10s and 12s, Bilambil also won two with wins in under-11’s and 16-and-a-half’s.



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