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Zambrero's First Grade Wrap up - Round  11

In round 11 of the Zambrero’s 1st grade competition, Charters Towers Bulls locked horns with Brothers on their first Friday night fixture at Mike Carney Toyota Park this season, whilst Defending Premiers Teachers West battled an enthusiastic North Ward team in a high scoring affair in main Saturday game at Hugh St, out of Townsville the Burdekin Canetoads faced an understrength Ross River Redskins team at Casalegno Field in Ayr on Saturday evening.

Brothers 54 (K Franzmann 2t, B Eames 1t, A Pyper 1t, T Harvey 1t, T Norton 1t, W Gallegos 1t, M Parker 1t, J Gough 7c) def Charters Towers 0.

Brothers came out of the blocks firing against the Bulls in an entertaining match that saw the Charters Towers team struggling to contain the brethren’s assault on the oppositions try line. With Brothers dominating possession early it was hard work for the Charters Towers side to get into the game after trailing by 40 points in the first 30 minutes. Flanker Tevita Ma’ulu’ulu lead the way for Brothers with some strong carries leading to tries to Backs Tyron Harvey, Ayden Pyper and Tom Norton whilst the forwards didn’t miss out with man of the match Michael Parker bagging a try alongside Props Ben Eames and Kiall Franzmann who scored a double. Flyhalf Brendan Morgan was instrumental in leading the team around the park all game but despite dominance in the first by Brothers the game descended into an arm wrestle late as the Bulls fought back. Typical of a side that has shown brilliance at times against quality opposition the men from the West fought hard in the second half only to be denied by some last-ditch Brothers defence on the line. Standouts from the Bulls were second rowers Josh Robins and Callum Smith along with centre Samson Makie.

Teachers West 48 (K Horwood 2t, A Tuala 2t, G Morgan 1t, D Carman 1t, M Brennan 1t, J Fletcher 3c, C Mason 1c) def North Ward 44 (A Rio 2t, E Skien 1t, S Bradley 1t, H Conroy 1t, B Thompson 1t, C Kennedy 3c 2p, B Williams 1c).

Teachers West were looking to return to their winning streak ways against North Ward on Saturday afternoon at Mike Carney Toyota Park after having their first loss of the season at home against Brothers a fortnight before the Bye round. The Old Boys had other ideas hoping to build on a stuttering start to the season. The Game was a fast-paced affair in the early stages with both teams stringing multiple phases together in an effort to break the game open. North Ward struck first early courtesy of the boot of centre Connor Kennedy after dominating possession early and having penalties go their way. From then on, the game descended into an ill-disciplined affair with six yellow cards handed out throughout the match. Teachers West were rewarded for their Set Piece dominance with a North Ward front rower receiving two yellows and thus a Red card early in the second half. Teachers weren’t immune however having four of their own yellow cards in the second half. Despite this, plenty of tries were scored and the Bulldogs Scrum proved their most potent attacking weapon with try scoring doubles to Number 8 Kit Horwood and Scrumhalf Aka Tuala from the base of the forwards dominating. Backrowers Martin Brennan and Daniel Carman crossed the stripe along with Centre Gene Morgan to see the Bulldogs pull away midway through the second half to lead 48 points to 20 before a late surge from the Old Boys with tries to Ed Skien and Brock Thompson in the forwards and Sam Bradley, Hadlee Conroy, and a double to winger Ashley Rio had the Bulldogs supporters nervous in the final minutes. However the Old Boys fell short of victory by 5 points and Teachers marched on to another Bonus Point win.

Burdekin 94 (L Gullotta 4t, A Giradon 1t, K Kerr 1t, C Mann 1t, L Kerr 1t, M Lunn 1t, A Kennedy 4t 1c, S Kennedy 1t 9c) def Ross River 17.

It was a cool night in Ayr for both teams as an undermanned Redskins team travelled South to face a strong Burdekin outfit playing in front of a healthy home crowd. The Canetoads were looking to build on their wins over Charters Towers and North Ward in the last month despite losses to Teachers West and Brothers, whilst the Redskins are desperate to get their season on track after back to back losses to the Bulls and the Old Boys. The Toads however proved too strong with prop Josh Mayhew dominating up front in a standout performance to allow the Canetoads backs to set the turf alight. Returning winger Lachlan Gullota bagged 4 tries in the onslaught alongside flyhalf Andrew Kennedy who also bagged 4. Number 8 Lachlan Kerr was the only forward to bag a try with backs Matt Lunn, Chris Mann, Kieran Kerr and Shane Kennedy crossing the stripe as well. The Redskins fought back late score three tries in the second half with lock Kieran McHugh the standout for Ross River. But it was too little too late for the Redskins as the Canetoads ran rampant. The Redskins have shown the ability to compete and win big this season, let’s hope to see some of that form again in the coming weeks.    

This weekend, a double header at Mike Carney Toyota Park sees Ross River face off against Charters Towers at 3:30pm with the Bulls looking to sneak into the top four with their third win of the year, whilst in the late game Burdekin take on North Ward in an important match for both teams kicking off at 5pm. Meanwhile over at Warrina Park the Teachers West Bulldogs return home to the scene of their first loss of the season, less than a month ago against rivals Brothers in a mouth-watering rematch between the two sides kicking off at 4:30pm.

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