Townsville and District Rugby Union

CASTROL Townsville Brolgas finish North Qld Country Championship campaign undefeated

The CASTROL Townsville Brolgas sides finished the weekends carnival on top of the North QLD Country Championship table with all three sides – Mens, Womens and Under 19s going undefeated against FNQ Thunder and Mackay Stingers/Central Highlands. The Brolgas Mens side winning their 3rd straight title against their rival North Qld Regions. Click read more for the full wrap up of games.


CASTROL Townsville Brolgas Women’s

The Brolgas Women’s side proved too strong for the FNQ Thunder in their opening game as they led at halftime through tries to Gagie Namok and Hailee Byles. Hannah Goodwin and Madison Lis both scored in the second half through great team tries. The Brolgas women transitioned well from the 10 a side format they play weekly in the club competition to the 15-a-side game. They showed grit and determination in defence while displaying excellent skills in attack as the game opened up late. Samille Pagden kicked 3 from 5 conversions in what was a reliable performance off the boot.

After an impressive win against the Thunder on Friday night, the Brolga’s women were eager to improve on their performance against the Central Highlands. Olivia Anderson, Ellie Gray, Jessica Steel and Gagie Namok, who scored a double, all crossed the try line for Townsville. The Central Highland side attacked the Brolgas try line throughout the game managing to score 3 tries in the process. Ellie Gray played a tough game and was awarded the Brolga’s player of the match against the spirited CH team. But it was the Brolgas tough defence in pivotal periods of the game along with their classy finishing that lead them to a 29-17 point victory and a successful Rep campaign.


CASTROL Townsville Brolgas Under 19’s

The U19’s started their first game against FNQ Thunder in a dominant way. They scored early through centre Billy Bulley and controlled the pace of the game throughout. The expansive style of rugby was tiring the Thunders big forward pack as the Brolgas played outside the first defenders. The Townsville team then capitalised on this with a Lachlin Smith try beating the Thunder defence through numbers.  Late in the first half, the visiting team built some momentum via phase play and pegged on back to head into the break 10-5 down. The second half’s general play became quite messy as both teams started to concede errors. Nathaniel Evans scored a try early on the right wing through some good passing to put Brolgas ahead by 8. The Thunder scored under the sticks in the last 5 but Brolgas who always seemed in control held out to be 15-12 victors.

When Saturday rolled around Townsville’s cohesion had improved and the team played a much more clinical game against the Mackay Stingers. Less errors were conceded and more tries scored by the men in Royal and Gold. Billy Bulley scored an early double and bagged another later in the second half whilst winger Ethan Blaine scored two out wide, finishing off some great forwards work around the ruck and excellent backline set piece moves. Five more tries followed from Lachlan Cavallin, Flynn Willocks, Lachlin Smith, Jacob Day and Tom Wells as the Mackay side tired and the Brolgas lifted the standard again and again scoring some great team tries to cap off a successful weekend.

CASTROL Townsville Brolgas

The Townsville Brolgas Men’s side began the rep round against the long-time rivals from Cairns (FNQ Thunder). The Thunder lead early 5 points to nil through a try to centre Alphonse Gima – a former Brolgas player himself, before Brolgas number 8 Daniel Carman, broke the line and scored Townsville’s first try. Tries to Josh Fletcher and Sam Bradley quickly followed as the Brolgas raced to a 15-7 lead at halftime. Brolgas started the second half better than the first with an early try to centre Brendan Morgan which put the Brolgas in front 20-7 and well in command of the match. The Thunder hit back with a try of their own late in the game but the Brolgas finished out the game 27-14 through a Nathan Papale try and Shane Kennedy conversion, the only one for the Brolgas in the five tries to two victory.

The Brolgas side wanted to build on their second half momentum when they faced the Mackay Stingers the next day. It was an onslaught on the Stingers try line early in the first half as the Brolgas proved too clinical. Townsville raced to a big lead at halftime as the Stingers struggled against the Townsville attack. The Brolgas showed great defence as Mackay couldn’t cross the Brolga’s try line throughout the 80 minutes. 2 tries were scored by backs Rodney Seeto, Colby Mason and Connor Kennedy. Whilst Dan Withers, Jeff Sullivan, Daniel Carman, Keil Richards, Keiran Willey, Nathan Papale and Shane Kennedy all crossed the try line while with Shane Kennedy had a better day with the boot kicking 8 conversions in a great finish to the Brolgas campaign.

The Brolgas players focus now turns back to Club Rugby this weekend before vying for North QLD and QLD Country honours over the next few months ahead of the run into finals with their local clubs. The Brolgas will then look forward to a post season tour to the Northern Territory to face off against the NT Mozzies (22nd-25th Sept) in a return fixture to last year’s historic clash between the two sides along with the traditional Remembrance Day clash against Townsville Army on November 11th.





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