The Wallerawang Landscaping Cup league tag grand final lived up to all expectations, a memorable match going past the allocated finishing time for a win to CSU 22-20 in extra time.
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From the opening whistle CSU took the game to their much-vaunted opponents and a try to Bronte Emanuel, converted by Issy Hunt gave the Mungals a 6-nil lead.
Cargo, rich with attacking players like Heid Regan and Sami Laing, drew even at 6-all with Sarah Archer's converted try for the only score in the second quarter but CSU hit back soon after the start of the third quarter with Lily Phillips' try, also converted, to regain the lead 12-6.
Jenn Kimbel pushed the score along to 16-6 with her try, but the conversion attempt, the first of the game's kicks to miss the posts, was unsuccessful.
Pre-game favourites Cargo hit back, scoring twice, with tries to Tayla Press and Molly Holswell, to equalise at 16-all at fulltime.
Into extra time, with Cargo's Sami Laing's try and a 20-16 scoreline, it appeared that the Heelers would win their first Midwest leaguetag premiership until, into the countdown CSU's Claudia McLaren's try evened up the score.
Emanuel's successful conversion cinched the result for CSU, winning 22-20 virtually on the bell, a fitting conclusion to an exciting, open and intriguing grand final.
Despite the loss, the Cargo Rugby League Football Club praised their league tag side for making their third grand final in a row and for their efforts during what was an uncertain season of footy in 2020.
"Proud of our League Tag ladies," the club wrote in a post on social media.
"Even though they didn't get the result they wanted in the grand final on Saturday in Bathurst, our ladies should great strength and skills in the game against CSU.
"We would like to thank all the supporters who traveled to Bathurst to support these young women."
The Cargo Heelers men also put on a great showing during finals as well, narrowly losing to the Orange United Warriors 26-24 in an elimination final on September 12.
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