2017 Blowes Clothing Cup grand finals: everything you need to know about the deciders

OH YEAH: Jack Hammond with the champions shield. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

OH YEAH: Jack Hammond with the champions shield. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

Check out our rolling coverage of this year’s Blowes Clothing Cup grand finals at Endeavour Oval.

FORBES BREAKS EMUS HEARTS

Forbes has stunned two-time defending Blowes Clothing Cup champions Orange Emus, securing the 2017 premiership with a stirring 28-20 victory at Endeavour Oval on Saturday.

Emus, the undefeated minor premiers, failed to make the most of a first-half gale at their backs and trailed 13-10 at the break.

Emus hit back to lead 17-13 after newly crowned Blowes Clothing Cup player of the year Andrew Selwood scored for the hosts, and it looked like the Platypi would have their own worries with the wind at their backs in the second period.

But a phenomenal display of kicking from Forbes halfback Mahe Fangupo helped his side over the line, Matt Coles scoring first before the mercurial Fangupo crossed for what turned out to be the match-winning try.

EMUS CLAIM SECONDS

A LION-HEARTED defensive effort and some attacking spark from an unlikely source carried Orange Emus to Blowes Clothing Cup second grade glory on Saturday.

Playing in front of a parochial Endeavour Oval crowd, Emus defeated a valiant Bathurst Bulldogs outfit 21-16 to add the season’s major spoils to their minor premiership.

The catalysts for their win were the almost 10 minutes either side of half time they spent with only 13 men on the park, and a try-scoring double to Matt Findlay.

CITY SMASHES PREMIERSHIP DROUGHT

Orange City has broken a 26-year Blowes Clothing Cup premiership drought with a 25-3 victory over Bathurst Bulldogs at Endeavour Oval.

WHAT A WIN: Kurt McNamara lifts the third grade premiership cup. Photo: NICK McGRATH

WHAT A WIN: Kurt McNamara lifts the third grade premiership cup. Photo: NICK McGRATH

The club has won six titles across all senior men’s grades since 2012 – including two top grade crowns undefeated in 2012 and 2013 – but, until Saturday’s gritty triumph on the big stage against the Bulldogs, 1991 was the last time the Lions drank from the third grade premiership cup.

BULLDOGS WIN ON THE BUZZER

BATHURST Bulldogs duo Josh Carter and Isiah Ackroyd got to live out every footballer’s dream on Saturday.

The pair combined for a last-gasp one-two punch which secured their side the Blowes Clothing Cup colts premiership in the most dramatic fashion.

CHAMPIONS: The Bulldogs victorious colts side. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

CHAMPIONS: The Bulldogs victorious colts side. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

Trailing Orange City Lions 11-5 with just seconds remaining, front-rower Carter used brute strength to barge over from close range before fullback Ackroyd added the extras from adjacent to the sticks to complete the fairytale finish.

HISTORY AT ENDEAVOUR!

The Bathurst Bulldogs have claimed the women’s grand final 15-5 over an experienced Cowra Eagles outfit. 

Edwina Ulberg was the star, scoring a double for her side in the club’s maiden women’s title.

YEAH YEAH: The Bathurst Bulldogs girls celebrate their win at full-time. Photo: NICK McGRATH

YEAH YEAH: The Bathurst Bulldogs girls celebrate their win at full-time. Photo: NICK McGRATH

Bulldogs coach Tuma Aisake hailed the win as one of the best in his time at the club – a history-making premiership for the blue and golds.

TEAM LISTS

How all the 2017 grand finalists will line-up

FIRST GRADE

‘We need to make it happen’: Emus gunning to win third straight title in anniversary season

Disciplined Platypi not planning on letting another shot at Emus slip: Hammond

‘A monkey on our backs we need to get rid of’: Prior chuffed Forbes has decider chance

Dubbo-based whistle-blower appointed to second grand final in past three seasons

SECOND GRADE

‘I want that winning feeling’: Emus’ heart and soul desperate for home decider victory

Bulldogs’ confidence high ahead of grand final after breaking Platypi hoodoo

THIRD GRADE

Camaraderie the catalyst for red-hot Lions’ success, a key factor in decider

Underdog status not an unfamiliar feeling for motivated Bathurst outfit: Goninan

COLTS

Burn of major semi loss driving Lions as they look to flip the script on powerhouse Bulldogs side

Bulldogs’ effort without the ball the critical factor in search for third straight trophy

WOMEN’S

‘I know it will be different’: Doggies coach confident of turning the tables on Eagles

OUR TAKE

The cream of the crop: CWD sports desk’s Blowes Clothing Cup team of the year | Photos

THE RUN DOWN

As the Joker said in The Dark Knight, a rip-snorter of a movie by anyone’s standards – “here, we, go”.

It’s Blowes Clothing Cup grand final weekend and we’ve provided you with everything you could possibly want to know leading into the big day at Endeavour Oval on Saturday.

We mean everything – team lists, previews, referee appointments, you name it it’s here in this neat, little package of goodness.

In the top grade Orange Emus meet the Forbes Platypi for the second consecutive year.

Emus are gunning to win a third straight title, which would be the fifth time in the competition’s history a club has done so. The greens already account for two of those runs.

Forbes, on the other hand, is desperately hoping to claim its first title since 2003.

Emus skipper Nigel Staniforth has landed the killer blow in three of the two sides’ last four encounters, a penalty goal every single time.

One of those was last year’s grand final, another was this year’s major semi-final.

Get around Endeavour Oval, it’ll be a huge day.

We’re pumped up tighter than beach balls.

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