THE Stallions were at home to Bega on Sunday in what was the last home game of the season. Bega had a lot to play for and could be minor premiers if they had a good win.
Bega started well and after seven minutes were the first to score.
The try was not converted and the score remained 4 - 0 in favour of Bega. The next 15 minutes, and under difficult conditions, the Stallions mounted attack after attack and after three successive dropouts from Bega Todd Williams was able to barge over and with the conversion successful the Stallions took the lead 6 -4.
Bega bounced back just before half time and went to the break 8 - 6.
The rain continued to fall and the game was going to be a real arm wrestle in the second half and the Stallions would continue to use their big boys and try and grind out a win.
The second half did not start well and after an early mistake Bega capitalised and crossed the line and with the conversion successful took the lead out to 14 - 6. Bega again made the Stallions pay for another error and another try and conversion left the Stallions behind 20- 6 with 10 minutes to play. The feeling on the bench was if a few calls could go their way they could grind their way back into the match. Finally the flood of penalties that were going against them turned and with their fair share of possession. Todd Williams crossed for his second try this was quickly followed up by a Chris Khoury speciality leaving the Stallions two points behind with three minutes left on the clock.
There was a lot of pride at stake as a few of the boys were playing their last game for the Stallions and they were desperate to go out on a win. Unfortunately, an error gave Bega the ball back and the Stallions only had one last crack at Bega and could not get that last elusive try.
The game was a typical Bega, Cooma clash with a lot of emotion and plenty of grunt involved. Congratulations to the players on how they finished their season and also congratulations go to Steve Dunn for his leadership over the last two seasons.
Steve has decided to move on next year as has another previous coach Chris Khoury. The Stallions wish the boys all the best in their next endeavour.
Best for Cooma on the day amongst a lot of good performances were Steve Russell, Chris Khoury and retiring Captain Coach Steve Dunn.