'It's heartbreaking stuff': Eagles miss out last minute
IT WAS the game that flew away from the Eagles and could be their determining match for the season.
South Burnett Eagles coach Mitch Cush said their lead of 34 to 10 at half time was not enough to defeat Toowoomba Souths.
"They scored right on the siren,” he said.
"It's like we were playing our grand final.”
Toowoomba Souths defeated the Eagles 40 to 34 during their match in Cherbourg on Saturday, August 3.
"I've never witnessed anything like it in my life,” Cush said.
"It's heartbreaking for us, that's the end of the season.”
Eagles player Daron Saltner Bligh secured their strong lead with five tries in the first half of the game.
"That's unheard of,” Cush said.
Cush said their loss to top team Souths pushed them out of a chance to move from fifth place to fourth on the season's ladder.
"It's the game that got away from the South Burnett Eagles, it's disappointing and it's heartbreaking stuff,” he said.
"You win some, you lose some, sometimes footy matches can throw curve balls.”
Gayndah player Riley Drayton played a strong game and captain Dan English showed some skill during the match.
"I thought English had a solid game, both in attack and defence,” Cush said.
Kaia Williams was tireless in his effort and defence, and Cherbourg player Tyreece Gyemore played strong in attack.
"All of the players were trying really hard,” Cush said.
The coach said the boys had become great mates over the season and many will be young enough to play in the team again next year.
"You go away from the end of the season with close friendships they will keep for the rest of their lives,” he said.
"Winning finals and games is great, but the friendships they build is also lots of benefits going down the track.”
South Burnett Eagles will know their confirmed placing in the upcoming semi-finals after their match against Pittsworth this weekend.