WINGHAM powered into the Group Three Rugby League reserve grade grand final with a commanding 24-10 win over Port Macquarie in the final played at Old Bar.
The Tigers didn't seal a semi-final berth until the last round of the season and have qualified for the grand final from the elimination semi after finishing in fourth place. Since then Wingham has beaten Taree City, Old Bar and now Port Macquarie and will now tackle minor premiers Wauchope in the grand final next Sunday. Wingham will also have suspended centre Ryan McIntosh available for selection next Sunday.
Forwards Brenden Summerfield, Sam Power and Brendan Butler had strong games for the Tigers. They tore into the bigger Port Macquarie forwards, continually punching holes up the centre. This allowed interchange hooker Adam Kerr plenty of space to work out of dummy half and he made the tiring Port defence pay. There's plenty of strike power in the Wingham backline as well, with centre Willy Yates running with plenty of determination.
Wingham took an early lead via a try to Alex Studdart although Port hit back when fullback Joel McFadden crossed. However, from there the Tigers dominated with tries to Garyn Burns, Yates and Adam Kerr. Two goals to Luke Steel pushed Wingham into the comfort zone at 20-4. While the Sharks hit back with one try they never seriously challenged the Tigers. A late try to Power capped off a fine game for the lock forward.