TIGERS' DOWN DAY: Avondale lose
LEAGUE: The old saying 'all good things come to and end' rang true for Avondale.
The Tigers run in the Northern Districts Rugby League came to an end, losing to Miriam Vale in South Kolan 34-22 on Sunday.
It was the first time the side had lost since April 24, 2016, when the Tigers lost to Gin Gin.
The side since that loss had not been beaten in 30 games, which included the team winning the past two premierships.
Avondale this time couldn't hold off a late charge from Miriam Vale who scored the last 16 points of the game to move to the top of the competition.
"We just ran out of legs," Tigers coach Brian Groves said.
"We had 14 players play and we were short of players on the bench."
Groves said it could be the loss that provides motivation towards a third straight title.
The side fought back from 14 points down at half time to lead with 20 minutes to go.
"The boys put up a good effort," he said.
"We've got a lot to work on and they put us under defence for about 70 per cent of the contest.
"Miriam Vale are a well-structured and well-coached side."
Magpies coach Mitch Brennan said a simple tactic helped the team to win.
"Our plan was to take them on in the forwards," he said.
"They've got a really good forward pack, so we hoped to win that and flow it on to the back. It worked."
Brennan said the result should send a message to the rest of the competition, they can win it all.
"The only thing we'll struggle with is numbers," he said.
"The numbers that we've got currently are good.
"Without injuries and shift work we'd love to think that this side can win the premiership."
Brennan said the side would work on its defence and its sloppy play in the first 20 minutes after half time this week ahead of their clash against Agnes Water.
Agnes Water defeated South Kolan 38-22 in the other match and will host the next round of the competition this Sunday.