Albury topples Young to win Sullivan Cup premiership

Last Saturday the Young Cherrypickers Under 16s side faced off against Albury in the Group 9 finals at the Equex Centre in Wagga.

Albury has claimed the Sullivan Cup premiership with a thrilling grand final victory over the Young side.

Albury Thunder hooker Jeremy Wiscombe propelled his team to glory, putting his stamp on the contest all morning, scoring the eventual game-winning try and claiming the Laurie Daley Medal as best player for his efforts.

An exhausted and jubilant Wiscombe was overcome with emotion after the game.

“It’s a great feeling, it’s unexplainable, just the best feeling ever,” he said.

“Everyone gave it a real crack and no one gave up until the end.”

The Country representative had plenty of help from his teammates, but it was Young who drew first blood.

Cherrypickers centre Harry Fitzpatrick sped across the line with 17 minutes remaining in the first-half to give his side the lead.

But Albury were quick to hit back through Aidon Connell, whose high-speed exploits tied the score at 4-4.

Thunder halfback Chris Manley then extended the lead with a diving try, as Connoll slotted the conversion with 27 minutes remaining.

Albury’s Brodie Ford looked to be in for the game-winner four minutes later, but the men in green were pulled up for a forward pass.

Young seized the opportunity to set up another Fitzpatrick try, which was followed by a difficult Jacob Lucas conversion to tie scores at 10-10 with 18 minutes to play.

Enter man of the moment - and man of the match - Jeremy Wiscombe, whose late try combined with Chris Manley’s resulting conversion sealed the deal for Albury. 

Albury coach Jon Huggett was thrilled with his side’s steely resolve in tense circumstances.

“They never gave up, the guys were down to start off with but they never dropped their heads,” he said.

“It was a rollercoaster of a game and it’s a great sense of relief to win it.”

CELEBRATING: Albury defeated the Young Cherrypickers last weekend. Photo: Les Smith.

CELEBRATING: Albury defeated the Young Cherrypickers last weekend. Photo: Les Smith.

The Young Cherrypickers will be holding its presentation night on Saturday September 23 at the Young Services Club from 6.30 pm for a 7 pm start. Dress for the event will be semi-formal and tickets are currently available from the Young Services Club at $25 per person.