SWEET VICTORY: Nanango Stags celebrate the premiership.
SWEET VICTORY: Nanango Stags celebrate the premiership. Claudia Williams

Finals glory for young Stags

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Nanango Stags defeated the Cherbourg Hornets to win the South Bunett Rugby League under-16 grand final.

Stags coach Peter Cavanar was very happy for the players.

"It is very impressive,” he said.

"I have had two years with these boys before and we have made the grand final and have never won it.

"Cherbourg has beaten us, so it is nice to actually win one.”

Stags captain Blake Calvert thanked the supporters and the Cherbourg Hornets for a hard-fought game and season.

He beamed as he lifted the premiership trophy with his team mates.

Cavanar believes the players' close friendship off the field improved their performance on it.

"They are best mates off the field and it makes a big difference,” Cavanar said.

The rivalry between the two teams has been a season-long affair.

The Stags also secured the minor premiership ahead of the Hornets.

The vocal crowd gathered at the Wondai Rugby League Club intensified the rivalry, with both teams heavily represented in the grandstands.

Nanango was also premiers of the under-16 division last season, which some players on the field were also a part of, giving them the advantage of experience.

One player from the Stags was sidelined due to injury but all the other players have been playing for the premiership from the beginning of the season.

The Stags remained strong in defence to ensure the Hornets did not find the try line in the first 40 minutes and succeeded with a 22-point lead going into the second half.

The Hornets broke through the defence to score a converted try.

However, the Stags also found the try line and maintained their lead until full-time with a final score of 36-4.

Find more photos from the match at southburnett times.com.au.