Bulldogs grand win
Rugby League: The Chinchilla Bulldogs have drawn comparisons with the club's finest premiership winning teams of yesteryear after a relentless performance in the A-grade grand final on Sunday.
Club officials lauded the Bulldogs' defensive effort in beating Wallumbilla/Surat 28-14 at Roma's Bassett Park, avenging the Red Bulls' six-point win in their major semi-final clash two weeks earlier.
It was Chinchilla's fifth premiership triumph in the past nine years but the first since 2015 when both the A-grade and reserve-grade teams collected silverware in a repeat of a rare title double a year earlier.
Tries by Tom Dodd (two), Craig Johnson, Chad Dewson and Romada Barnes, who also landed four conversions, steered the Bulldogs to victory on Sunday.
Chinchilla led 10-6 at the break and Wallumbilla were brave throughout but the Bulldogs refused to buckle.
Khan Ladbrook, possibly his team's best, and Jack Krienke, scored the Red Bulls tries.
Earlier, the Bulldogs' reserve graders lost 18-6 to Roma Cities, amid rumblings from the Chinchilla camp about a lopsided 12-2 penalty count against the visitors.
"I don't think (the referee)... will be on our Christmas card list," quipped one supporter.
Brendon Waters was Chinchilla's lone tryscorer with Matt Edwards adding the extras.
The fans' mood changed at the A-grade presentation ceremony when Chinchilla captain Jeff Gilbert was named the RDRL's senior player of the year.
Who Let the Dogs Out, a Baha Men junkanoo hit, reverberated through Bassett Park - and on the supporters' bus on the 190km trip home.
In worrying times for some country football areas, Chinchilla's future seems assured.
The U18 team performed creditably in their preliminary final loss to unbeaten Wallumbilla who finished 63-6 winners over Mitchell in Sunday's final.