Beerwah's Taoho Kake said he turned down interest from Brisbane clubs to remain with the Bulldogs and fight for a premiership.
Beerwah's Taoho Kake said he turned down interest from Brisbane clubs to remain with the Bulldogs and fight for a premiership.

Grand final pain spurs on Beerwah local junior

The dying seconds of the 2018 grand final will likely haunt Beerwah Bulldogs livewire Taoho Kake forever.

Beerwah famously led Maroochydore Swans by eight points with just five minutes remaining in the Sunshine Coast Rugby League grand final of 2018 only to be shocked at the death.

Late tries to Swans’ Henderson Godfrey and Lachlan Price allowed Maroochyore to snatch it 22-20.

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For Kake, the memories don’t go away.

“It still hurts,” Kake said.

“I thought we had it until the last few minutes.

“Yeah it still drives a lot of the boys, which is why some of them came back.”

But it’s the same pain that he will use as fuel to drive the club to a new title - the Brisbane Rugby League second division title.

It’s also why Kake, who first joined the club aged 12 when his family moved to Landsbrough, turned down offers from BRL clubs to remain with his beloved Bulldogs.

That elusive premiership would mean “everything”.

“To win a comp at my junior club, the club with all my mates, it would mean everything,” he said.

“There’s six or seven guys who were here when I first joined.

“Matty, Dan Kidd, Jamie Newton, other guys who played reserves.

“We are a very tight bunch.”

Beerwah's Taio Rio has returned for another season at the kennel.
Beerwah's Taio Rio has returned for another season at the kennel.

Kake, who feels equally at home in the halves or hooker, said he was confident the Bulldogs will be barking in the business end of the season.

Coach Jordan Meads said Kake was a gifted runner of the ball and had earned his spot in the starting side at five-eighth.

“He was phenomenal at the weekend and had a hand in many of our tries,” Meads said of Kake’s involvement in Beerwah’s 58-12 win over Brisbane Natives.

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Beerwah has notched up two wins and a loss with the club quietly confident its step into Brisbane will be worthwhile.

Meads said Beerwah had experimented with its game day squad thus far in the season restart to share the workload around.

He said the weekend’s starting 13 against Natives contained at least nine local juniors.

“We are over the moon with how things are going, everyone is on the same page, there’s no divide in the squad,” Meads said.

“You only have to be at training to see how much this means to the club.

“We’re proud to be playing league again and the support from supporters has been great.

“They’ve turned out in spades.”

This weekend Beerwah host Wynnum Manly Sea Eagles.