Tweed Tigers spoil Byron Magpies premiership party
AN after the siren controversy has delivered the Tweed Coast Tigers a premiership in the QAFA (B) South football competition grand final after the team thought they had fallen short of the Byron Magpies by a point.
The Byron Magpies had lead all day and despite a Tigers resurgence, thought they had held on to claim the premiership after going through the season undefeated.
When the final siren blew, the scoreboard read 10-7-67 to 10-6-66, sending the Magpies into celebration mode while the Tigers were left to lick their wounds after storming home from three goals down at the final change.
A meeting in the middle of the ground between umpires and match officials however, deemed the final scoreline as incorrect, and in a cruel twist for the Magpies, the Tigers were awarded the result after it was discovered they had failed to be awarded two final quarter points.
The scoreboard was adjusted to 10-8-68 to 10-7-67 in the Tigers favour, leaving Byron as runner up to a premiership they had only moments before thought they had won.
Tweed Coast player representative Ben Kelly, said the confusion at the final siren had everybody unsure what the result actually was.
"We actually thought it was a draw at the time and were preparing for extra time, we didn't know what was happening and we were trying to keep focus," Kelly said.
He said Confusion continued for a couple of long minutes while the players gathered around, until captains from both sides were invited to meet with officials as fans and players were left to looked on.
"They pulled the captains over and you could have heard a pin drop, there were hundreds of people and there was complete silence," Kelly said.
When the goal umpires made their way to the scoreboard and flicked a dial, the players' were unsure of what was happening, but the reaction from Tweed Coast supporters sent their players' into celebration.
"At the time we couldn't see the scoreboard but the supporters could and they started cheering and then we erupted," Kelly said.
"When you think you've come so close, it's disappointment to elation in a matter of moments."
After confirmation of the scoreboard change, Tigers fans and players were left to celebrate a premiership that only moments before had appeared to elude them.
The premiership marks Tweed Coast's fourth premiership from the last six grand finals.