Group 6 minor premiers the Picton Magpies have been bundled out of the competition.
The Magpies and the Campbelltown City Kangaroos faced off on Sunday with both teams hoping to secure the final place in the grand final against the Thirlmere Roosters. Despite Picton’s best efforts, Campbelltown did enough to hold on for a 32-30 win.
Kangaroos centre Ihaia Kohonui opened the scoring after three minutes however Picton captain Michael Lett replied almost immediately.
Campbelltown then blew out to a 22-6 lead thanks to a try to five-eighth Josh Burke, a penalty goal and an eight-point penalty try.
However, the Magpies and their vocal band of supporters had other plans and a try to centre Josh McIlvenny reduced the margin to 10 points at half time.
Two penalty goals after the break saw Campbelltown take a 26-12 lead before a Picton revival which saw both Lett and McIlvenny cross for their second tries to reduce the Kangaroos lead to two points. However, with 16 minutes to play Campbelltown’s Kiel Edwards crossed and the successful conversion saw the Kangaroos take an eight-point margin.
A try to Picton’s Bryce Hoskins with 11 minutes to go reduced the margin to two but Campbelltown were able to hold on. It’s proven to be a successful season for former Wests Tigers player Liam Fulton, who took over the coaching duties at Campbelltown this year.
The grand finals for all grades will be played at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Saturday. First grade will kick off at 7pm.