Charlie caps time in black and white with memorable grand final double

HUGS ALL ROUND: Forbes fullback Charlie Staines after winning the under 18s grand final alongside skipper Aaron Mawhinney. Photo: NICK McGRATH
HUGS ALL ROUND: Forbes fullback Charlie Staines after winning the under 18s grand final alongside skipper Aaron Mawhinney. Photo: NICK McGRATH

Charlie Staines, have yourself a day.

The Forbes young-gun left Apex Oval on Sunday night as a dual premiership winner, while also taking out man of the match honours in his under 18s side’s 34-12 win over Dubbo CYMS.

Staines was at his slashing best in the juniors decider, setting up two brilliant tries for the swoopers in the his side’s brilliant opening half, helping lift the Magpies a 20-0 lead at the break.

It proved a title-winning advantage.

He then backed up in first grade and, despite an indifferent start in the big one, managed to calm the nerves and play a major role in the Forbes club’s second Group 11 first grade crown in three years.

Dubbo CYMS fans will be glad to see the back of him – the flying Forbes fullback will link full-time with Penrith - after Staines-led sides knocked off the Fishies in two grand finals on Sunday, but Forbes’ loss with surely be the Panthers’ gain.

But the mountain man black wasn’t in the forefront of Staines’ mind on Sunday, not after a 23-22 first grade premiership triumph in his final game in black and white.

“Leading into the day, I was hoping for two wins but to do it, this is a privilege,” Staines said.

“CYMS got a good start and we had to over come it. We lifted and got the job done.”

Wind wreaked havoc with both sides’ back three all game, but Staines managed to master the conditions as the match progressed.

“I had to be careful at the back,” he said.

“This is a good way to finish.”