Coffs Cavaliers are the toast of Bahrain
EIGHT days ago it seemed like 'Mission Impossible.'
For all their bravado the Coffs Coast Cavaliers jetting off to Bahrain to play in the Duty Free 10's rugby tournament were given as much chance of winning the event as a maiden has in the Melbourne Cup.
But the tour had a fairytale ending when the Cavaliers not only made the final ? they won it.
"It's been a great week for the team," was the understated message sent back by coach Murray Archibald.
"I'm delighted with the win.
"The Bahrain club has been fantastic and we've been overwhelmed by the fantastic hospitality we've received."
On the way to the final the Coffs Coast Cavaliers had just one try scored against them when Dubai Hurricanes managed a touchdown in a qualifier.
Coffs were matched against Bahrain American Express in the grand final and drew first blood when Beau Mackay scored the only try of the first half.
Skipper Rod Petty missed the conversion.
Soon after the resumption, a Kris Thompson try made it 10-0 and Petty again missed with the conversion.
In the dying minutes, Ian Croft made the Cavaliers third crossing and with Petty on line, the final score reached 17-0.
Gulf teams did have one success with Aggreko winning the Plate final, a team that included former Coffs Harbour player Ashley Harris, now residing in Bahrain.
The Cavaliers will be back in town with their championship trophy next Friday.