IT WAS third time lucky for half-back Gareth Moore, in his final game for Featherstone Rovers.
Moore, who was named man of the match in Rovers’ 36-4 Kingstone Press Championship Shield win over London Broncos, had been a Grand Final loser with Batley Bulldogs in 2013 and Featherstone last year.
“I was a bit nervous coming into it,” he said after yesterday’s triumph. “The last two years I’ve been in two finals and this was the third, so third time lucky.
“I was probably more nervous for this one that the last two, because I know what defeat feels like. It’s not nice.”
Moore confirmed he will be moving on to a new club for 2016, though he refused to say where.
“It feels good to go out on a high,” he said. “I have made mates for life.
“I will see these lads for the rest of my life. I am moving on, but hopefully they will keep winning.
“It has been a tough couple of years, there’s been two coaches sacked, but I have really enjoyed my time here with the lads.”
Of Rovers’ performance, Moore added: “Jon [coach Jon Sharp] gave us a game plan to get at their two nines.
“I think we did that and after 60 minutes they have gone. Our back-three were spot on, as they have been all season.”
There were worrying scenes at the end of the game, when medics rushed to treat Moore after he appeared to collapse.
He explained: “I think I was a bit dehydrated.
“I got a knock to my neck and then when I ran I felt a bit dizzy, so I thought I’d just stay down. I was a bit panicky.”
Sharp took over from Hay as Rovers coach midway through the season.
He said: “We got off to a really good start.
“I think we might have got a bit nervous if we had gone behind early on.
“We’ve got some young players who aren’t used to this occasion and sometimes if you don’t get off to a good start it can put you under pressure.
“But we were 10-0 up after 15 minutes and that gave us a bit of breathing space and confidence and we handled the game and the occasion extremely well.”