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Zambreros 1st Grade Wrap Up - Round 16

With 5 rounds to go before finals, round 16 of the Zambreros 1st Grade competition produced some fantastic displays of rugby. Two of the three matches were played at Mike Carney Toyota Park, with a home game for Brothers at Ignatius Park College. First up, at Mike Carney Toyota Park was the Burdekin Cane Toads taking on the Charters Towers Bulls, followed by the North Ward Old Boys facing the Ross River Redskins. Over at Ignatius park saw a top of the table clash between the fiery Brothers pack and the 1st grade leaders; the Teachers West Bulldogs.

 

Brothers 53 (J Martinez 1t 6c 2p, E Grant 1t, M Parker 1t, W Gallegos 1t, J Timbs 1t, T Harvey 1t, A Pyper 1t) def Teachers West 14 (C Mason 1t 1c, 1 PT).

A shock result in this weeks 1st grade comp, with Brothers taking down the favourites Teachers West 53 points to 14. As finals near, Brothers have definitely shown that they want the title of premiers for 2017. This result letting the rest of the comp know that it could be any team that makes the semis who could take the top prize. The Teaches West pack started off competitively against Brothers in all areas of the game. However, after a while the cracks started to show, as Teachers’ made a number of errors in both attack and defence. Brothers made the most of this taking it to the table leaders. The second half, Brothers’ attitude was set on taking out the game. This was shown through their strong defence and how they were able to force the error when the Bulldogs had the football. Teachers West also struggled due to poor decision making, which led to more errors. Brothers capitalised on these and piled on more points, late in the second half. The final score being 53 points to 14 in favour of Brothers. 

TDRU. Local rugby union. Brothers v Teachers West. Will Gallegos

Burdekin 41 (J Sullivan 2t, L Kerr 1t, D Hesp 1t, K Kerr 1t, J Searle 1t, S Kennedy 1t 3c) def Charters Towers 19 (S Knuth 2t 2c, T Robertson 1t).

The Burdekin Cane Toads were too strong for the Charters Towers Bulls, defeating the Bulls 41 points to 19. The Cane Toads came out in a strong fashion, showing everyone that they wanted their place in the top 4 secured. The first half was an exciting encounter with points coming from both teams. Burdekin showed great structure and team work through both the backs and forwards whilst, backline moves from Charters Towers split the Burdekin defence with a double going to Sam Knuth. Improvement in the Bulls’ scrum was evident with the contest being very even at times with the Toads’ pack. The Burdekin were able to pile on 5 tries to Charters Towers’ 3, entering the half time break at 30 – 19. The second half was a different story completely, with only 10 points being scored. The bulls were unable to score due to a strong defensive effort by the Toads. Charters Towers however showed desire in both attack and defence, doing well to slow the Burdekin’s point scoring, yet still not enough to seal victory. Stand out performers for the Toads went to Jefferey Sullivan, Robert Mcnamara and Kieran Kerr. The Bulls top performers were Sam Knuth, Tom Roberts and Karl Knuth. 

North Ward 26 (J Salee 1t, B Williams 1t, S Bradley 1t, C Kennedy 1t 3c) def Ross River 19 (S Ratato 1t, N Bacasno 1t, P Vereakula 1t 2c).

A crucial game between the North Ward Old Boys and the Ross River Redskins took place at Mike Carney Toyota Park. With the Old Boys sitting at 4th on the leader board with the Redskins only marginally behind them it was a must win game with finals looming. Both teams came out hungry for the victory, showing desire in both attack and defence. North Ward were able to snatch a quick try in the first half through and intercept by Connor Kennedy. The Old Boys continued this way through tries from Sam Bradley and Ben Williams. As the first half neared the close, Redskins quickly scored through their flyhalf Pelasio Vereakula. The half time score, 21 points to 7 in favour of North Ward. The second half saw the Redskins come out firing in both attack and defence. Ross River scored to bring the score a more competitive total, however, the Old Boys responded well with a try through John Salee to seal the victory. Redskins continued to push and ended the game by putting the final points on the board. Try scorers for Ross River in the second half were, Sefa Ratoto and Neil Bacasno. The final score being, 26 points to 19 in favour of North Ward.

 

In round 17 of the 1st grade competition we will see; Charters Towers take on Teachers west game at Mike Carney Toyota park. While this is taking place, there are home games to North Ward and Ross River. The Old Boys will take on Brothers at the Townsville Sports Reserve, while the Redskins will take on the Burdekin Cane Toads at the Bindal Sports Grounds. 

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