South Toowoomba Bombers after their Grand Final victory on Saturday (Photo: AFLQ Darling Downs)

October 6, 2020

After flying through the COVID-shortened AFL Darling Downs season unbeaten, the Goondiwindi Hawks had their wings clipped on Saturday, dipping out to South Toowoomba in the Allied Pickfords Cup Grand Final played in Toowoomba.

The fulltime score was Bombers 10.9-69 to Gundy 9.2-56.

The Bombers finished the fixtures rounds in second spot, losing only one game during the season – to the Hawks in Round 2.

The Grand Final was always going to be tight battle between the top two sides and so it proved, with just one point separating them at half-time.

At the first change, South Toowoomba had a two-goal lead over the Hawks, but Goondiwindi fought back in the second to take the lead 5.2-32 to 5.1-31.

The Bombers came out strongly after the halftime break and overhauled the Hawks, but then had to withstand a fightback in the last six minutes of the final quarter to hold on to their lead.

It’s the first win in the men’s premiership by the South Toowoomba club since 2008.

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The Bombers had teams in each of the Grand Finals on Saturday but failed in their bid for a clean sweep of trophies.

In the women’s game, the Toowoomba Tigers locked in their sixth premiership win in a row by downing South Toowoomba 6.8-44 to 1.4-10.

Coolaroo also stopped the Bombers in their tracks in the Under 14s, defeating South Toowoomba 7.10-52 to 3.3-21.

In Under 12s, South Toowoomba were just pipped at the post by the Toowoomba Tigers, who fought back in the final quarter to seize victory 4.3-27 to 4.2-26.

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