Snow threatens junior finals

Simpson midfielder Brett Robbins, pictured left celebrating a goal with Tyler Thorburn, almost missed the Tigers’ upset preliminary final win against Irrewarra-Beeac due to a ski trip.

A snowed-in ski trip almost cost Simpson juniors Brett Robbins, Maddi Cunnington and Rachael Duynhoven an opportunity to play in their teams’ preliminary finals.

Under-17.5 football coach Mick Royal, who led the Tigers to an upset win against Irrewarra-Beeac, joked that the club had a helicopter ready to rescue the trio who were on a Cobden Technical School trip.

“They’d been at Buller or Falls Creek all week and were supposed to get back Friday, they’d had a metre-and-a-half of snow and there was talk on Thursday that they were going to be snowed in,” he said

“We had the helicopter ready to pick them up but luckily we didn’t need it in the end, and they were able to get back on time.”

Cunnington and Duynhoven were among the best players in the Tigers’ 17-and-under netball loss to Alvie, while Robbins was among the footballers’ best players in his side’s 7.6 (48) to 5.3 (33) win, which booked the team a spot in the grand final.

Simpson has risen from an eighth-placed finish last season to book a spot in this weekend’s grand final, where it will meet undefeated powerhouse Alvie.

“The boys are stoked,” Royal said post-match.

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