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Zambrero's First Grade Wrap up- Round 9

In round 9 of the Zambrero’s A grade competition, Teachers west hosted their first home game at Warrina Park against an improving Brothers side keen to flaw Teachers undefeated run. Charters Towers, chasing their maiden victory, travelled to Casalegno Field to face the Burdekin in their second meeting while North Ward, on the verge of back to back wins, faced Ross River in the lone game at Mike Carney Toyota Park for a top 4 spot.

Brothers 31 (B Morgan 2t, T Harvey 2t, D Purcell 1t, J Gough 3c) def Teachers West 12 (P Aloisio 1t, T Owen 1t, J Fletcher 1c).

In their second meeting of the year, the undefeated Teachers West faced a keen Brothers outfit hopeful of their first victory against them in more than a season. With both teams on the back of strong consecutive wins, this match was well anticipated as players, coaches and supporters expected a close and competitive game of rugby.  Brothers couldn’t have started any better, racing to a 14-point lead in just the first 10 minutes with tries to Dan Purcell and Brendan Morgan. These two converted tries gave Brothers the full momentum. Brothers seemed to play a smarter style of rugby as they adapted their game to the wet and muddy Warrina Park field. Teachers West wore down brothers, amounting possession and phases for Paulino Aloisio to score near the sticks and peg one back before Brothers winger Tyron Harvey capitalised on a Teacher’s error and a kick forward by Morgan to score. Brothers went into Halftime leading 19-7. Teachers started the second half in a much more convincing fashion, playing smarter rugby and challenging the Brothers defence, however more errors led to a prolonged time in their own red zone with Brothers attacking their line. An old-fashioned show and go 5 metres out from the Teachers try line resulted in a Brendan Morgan double. Teachers scored on fulltime through youngster Trent Owen to provide some positive finishes to their first loss of the season. On the day, not much went right for Teachers with the match of the round resulting in a Brothers 31-12 victory. 

North Ward 40 (A Rio 2t, T Hoonhout 1t, B Thompson 1t, C Kennedy 1t 2c 3p) def Ross River 7 (L Pakome 1t, J Curnow 1c).

North Ward were eager to continue their good form and make it two wins on the trot whilst Ross River wanted to cement their spot in the top four after a tough loss against Brothers. Both teams were competing to cement a top 4 position which provided more incentive to win. As can be seen by the score line, North Ward were dominated from the outset in a 5 try win. After an eye-opening defeat to Ross River on their anniversary in round 6, North Ward knew they’d need to be at their very best to beat them. The Old Boys played a classy and tactical game of rugby, scoring tries out wide in the outside backs and kicking 3 penalties which continued to grow their lead. Ross River competed throughout the 80 mins, with Leo Pakome scoring a great try in a flourish of attacking towards the end of the game. However, North Ward proved one step ahead the entire game as they closed out the match 40-7. North ward now sit 4th, 3 points clear of Ross River on the standings. 

Burdekin 19 (J Mayhew 1t, L Gullotta 1t, R Furnell 1t, S Kennedy 2c) def Charters Towers 5 (T Robertson 1t).

A nail-biter of a game took place on Friday night in Ayr at Casalegno Field as Charters Towers took travelled to face the Burdekin Canetoads. As favourites in 3rd place on the ladder, Burdekin took to the field feeling confident against a 6th place and yet to win Charters Towers team, but their confidence proved almost not enough compared to the hunger that Charters Towers showed. Hardly willing to give an inch, both teams fought hard for possession and territory in the slippery conditions. A real country battle proved a great result as the teams went into the break at a narrow 12-5 in Burdekins favour. Coming off the break a strong effort from Jeffrey Sullivan from the Burdekin showed that his team could hold out until full time, just out classing their opposition in the end. Excellent performances from Josh Robins and Karl Knuth from Charters Towers showed they weren’t willing to go down without a final push. The game ended after a very narrow win 19-5 in Burdekin’s favour much to the delight of the large Pre-Burdekin Races crowd.

This weekend, Brothers host North Ward at Ignatius park in their first home game of the year. With both teams gaining confidence from big wins, it is set to be an exciting game of rugby. The Burdekin face Teachers West at Mike Carney Toyota Park in their 3rd meeting of the year. Teachers were far too good for the Burdekin in their first 2 but with Burdekin coming off back to back wins and Teachers succumbing to their first loss, this match is set to be a cracker. Round 10 concludes with Charters Towers, still chasing their first win, versus Ross River; both teams hoping to improve on tough losses in round 9. 

 

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