When Rugby Blue lost the quality and experience of Grant Berryman to a horror hand injury earlier in the season, many thought that was the end of the side’s season.
At No. 3 Oval on Sunday, those people were proved wrong in the most emphatic of circumstances.
Rugby Blues crushed clubmates Rugby Red in the RSL-Dawson Cup grand final.
The prize is a consolation one, played for by the sides which finished in places four to six in the RSL-Kelly Cup third grade competition.
Rugby Blue was led by a powerful all-round bowling performance on Sunday, rolling Rugby Red for just 68.
That came after third grade player of the year Matt Naden had made 60 from 57 balls to guide his side to a total of 143.
Naden, along with Dale Watmore and James Rootes, was one of the main people to stand up after Berryman busted his hand while fielding shortly after Christmas.
Naden wasn’t needed to bowl as Pat Murphy (2/14) and Riley Chaseling (2/16) did the damage with the new ball before Darcy Chewings and James Rootes made sure of the result. Chewings impressed, taking 2/3 from five while Rootes claimed 2/20.
Brett Paul bowled well for Rugby Red earlier, taking 3/14 while Kieran Rosenbaum top-scored for the runners-up, making 22 not out.
The result capped off a stellar weekend for Rugby, with the Dawson Cup joining the RSL-Whitney Cup and McDonald’s Megahit silverware in the club’s possession.