Kendall Blues 16 defeated Comboyne Tigers 14

Try time: Comboyne Tigers interchange Brendon Slade slams the ball over the line against the Kendall Blues on Saturday. Photo: Ivan Sajko
Try time: Comboyne Tigers interchange Brendon Slade slams the ball over the line against the Kendall Blues on Saturday. Photo: Ivan Sajko

DEFENSIVELY the Kendall Blues could not have put in much better of a performance in their 16-14 defeat of the Comboyne Tigers on Saturday, September 2.

A thrilling try to player’s player and halfback, James Kennedy, catapulted the Blues into the Hastings League grand final in two weeks time.

They will play the winner of the Tigers versus Lower Macleay Magpies, who clash next weekend.

Captain Beau Kettle was thrilled with his team’s ability to repel the Tigers, but wants to see an improvement with the ball in hand.

“We just kept turning the ball over. Comboyne should have won with the amount of ball they had on our line, but still our defence on the goal line stood tall,” he said.

“If we had more sets in their half it could have been a different story, but it was just a real tough battle all game.”

The score line changed frequently, but in the end the Blues did enough to scrape home.

After leading 4-0, Comboyne gave up six points, before scoring another unconverted try to lead 8-6.

Kendall hit up for a 12-8 lead, before the Tigers went ahead 14-8. The try two from full time sealed a thrilling match in front of a healthy crowd at Lank Bain Oval in Wauchope.