CYMS’ Grand Final Miracle

Updated: September 11, 2017
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By Matt Findlay / Western Advocate

A Mick Sullivan field goal from 20 metres out with just three minutes left on the clock sealed Orange CYMS’ fifth Group 10 premier league title in the last eight years, also completing one of the greatest grand final comebacks in competition’s history.

It was a game CYMS had absolutely no right to win considering the valiant Oberon Tigers led from the second minute until the 80th at Wade Park.

Oberon led 18-8 at half-time and then 22-8 with just 20 minutes remaining and at that stage, as they had for much of the game, the hosts looked dead in the water.

As Sullivan said, the Tigers had completely “dominated” every facet and the game and looked all but certain to seal their first Group 10 title since 1975.

Then, inexplicably, the tide turned.
A Mick Sullivan field goal from 20 metres out with just three minutes left on the clock sealed Orange CYMS’ fifth Group 10 premier league title in the last eight years, also completing one of the greatest grand final comebacks in competition’s history.

It was a game CYMS had absolutely no right to win considering the valiant Oberon Tigers led from the second minute until the 80th at Wade Park.

Oberon led 18-8 at half-time and then 22-8 with just 20 minutes remaining and at that stage, as they had for much of the game, the hosts looked dead in the water.

As Sullivan said, the Tigers had completely “dominated” every facet and the game and looked all but certain to seal their first Group 10 title since 1975.

Then, inexplicably, the tide turned.

The Tigers faded in the last 20 minutes, while CYMS shifted up a gear. Or two, or three for that matter.

The hosts ran in three tries in that period – Satterthwaite grabbing two and Robbie Mortimer one – to lock it up at 22-22, and then CYMS’ captain-coach stood up when it counted, nailing his field goal attempt to take a one-point lead and spark raucous celebrations from the CYMS faithful.

“We actually did a bit of practice on field goals the other night,” a jubilant Sullivan laughed.

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