It was a double disappointment for the Doyalson Dragons, with the touch footy club losing both the Vawdon Cup and the NSW Country Championships.
Both played in October, the Dragons’ first defeat came at the hands of the Wollongong Devils in the Men’s Open Division grand final of the Country Championships.
Long time grand final rivals, this year, the Devils proved to be a force to be reckoned with.
In one of the most tightly contested games of the championship, the match went down to the wire, with the Dragons scoring right on the siren to take the game into a sudden death drop-off.
With the scores locked at 6-all, the Devils found their chance and delivered the decider in the fourth minute of overtime to snatch the title and what could have been an epic comeback from the Dragons.
Going into the Vandown Cup as the reigning premiers for the past three years, the Dragons had higher stakes than their opponents the Bankstown Jets heading into the grand final.
The first half was a frustratingly even affair for both sides, with the Dragons and Jets hitting the sheds at 2-all.
The second half continued in much the same fashion, with every point the Dragons posted being mirrored moments later by the Jets, in what was quickly becoming a game of cat and mouse as the clock counted down.
Sadly for the Dragons, in what was almost a repeat of their Country Championship loss, the Jets pulled off a last ditch point in the dying minutes of the match to break the deadlock and end the Dragons’ running premiership status with a final score of 6 to 5.
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