Impossible, Ecstatic, Last-Second Victory On NRL Grand Final Day
No way! The Newtown Jets absolutely did not just pull-off a miracle try to win the State Championship 20-16 against the Burleigh Bears.
Except they did. Yes, they really really did. And they were very, very happy about it.
The State Championship is the game between the winners of the Canterbury Cup and the Queensland State Cup -- which are the top rugby league competitions (below NRL level) in NSW and Qld respectively.
The last three finals have been blowouts, and this year's decider also looked like being a one-sided affair, as the Bears extended their 10-2 halftime lead to move ahead 16-2 in the second half.
But the Jets came back. And with seconds on the clock, a miracle occurred.
Down 16-14, Newtown had the ball on the last play of the game. A pass, a chip kick, a chase, a lucky bounce, a run, A STORMING RUN, AN UNIMPEDED STORMING RUN ALL THE WAY TO THE BIG STICKS!!!
Here's another angle which you won't see in the video at the top of this story.
And just like that, first-season player Jackson Ferris scored an incredible winning try for the Jets -- the former NRL club which is still one of the iconic entities in Australian rugby league.
Before this match, the Jets had won their state cup, the Canterbury Cup, in an extra-time thriller to make today's State Championship.
They've earned their cans of cold gold KB, which -- as anyone who's ever sat on the hill at Newtown's home ground Henson Park knows -- is the fans' iconic old-school brew of choice.