Townsville and District Rugby Union

Congrad Gargett Weekly Wrap

Buckle yourselves in and get ready for a trip around the grounds in another captivating round of the Conrad Gargett 1st Grade competition!! This week’s action saw a showdown between University and Charters Towers Bulls, as well as Brothers clashing with North Ward Old Boys, and finally Teachers West taking on a Burdekin team fresh from a bye.


Game 1:

Game 1 of the round saw a determined University outfit attempt to notch up their first win of the competition against the Charters Towers Bulls in a Friday night game at Mike Carney Toyota Park. Both sides were looking at bouncing back from defeats last week, with Charters drawing first blood with a well worked try. University, were looking strong in the first half with Simi crossing the line for an easy try. After taking a tight score-line into the break, University had their tails up, looking to capitalise early in the second half. However, the Bulls backline showed great patience to cross for some brilliant tries with wingers Jack Mitchell and Casey Henry both crossing for doubles. In the latter stages of the game, Charters Towers ran away with the result with a commanding 71-7 score-line. Charters Towers open side flanker Karl Knuth and number 8 Josh Robins, who also crossed for a double, were strong performers, University’s Phillip Wallbridge was a notable mention for his sides efforts.

Charters Towers – 71 – Tries: Kane Fuller 1, Fraser Turner 1, Josh Robins 2, Samson Makie 1, Jack Mitchell 2, Casey Henry 2, Peter Utromu 1. Conversions: Sam Knuth 5, Jermaine 3.

University – 7 – Tries: Simi 1. Conversions: Simi 1.

Game 2:

Game 2 took place under lights at Ignatius Park College. This saw a revitalised Brothers outfit take on North Ward, to cap off what was a big day of rugby action. This was a big day for Brothers as it was Old Boys day, so as expected this encounter drew in a crowd for the final clash of the day. In what was a fiery clash from the outset, Brothers looked for a physical approach to startle their opposition. After relentless raids by the Brothers attack, North Wards defence was exploited by a lovely counterattacking play by fullback (Billy Bulley) who sliced through a staggered kick chase line to gift Matthew Fanning an untouched run to the line. After a persistent effort, North Ward crossed for two late tries in the first half, one of which was scored by John Salee through a momentous pick and drive. A formidable Brothers side showed their class after the break crossing for multiple tries only to increase their lead, in what was a heated second half between the two sides. Michael Parker finished the game off with a hat trick of tries, whilst Matthew Fanning bagged a double. In another forward dominant game, the piggies from both sides were instrumental for their teams.

Brothers – 55 – Tries: Matthew Fanning 2, Michael McGovern 1, Michael Parker 3, Adam Woodward 1, Jayden Timbs 1, Viliami Taufa 1. Conversion: Vatau Penitani 4, Declan Maguire 1.

North Ward Old Boys – 14 – Tries: Tyler Roberts 1, John Salee 1. Conversions: Liam Giudes 2.

Game 3:

After a week off from the competition, Burdekin were back to make a claim for the 2018 title against a strong Teacher’s West side who remain undefeated to date. The defending premiers came out strong from the get go scoring a handful of tries in the first half with winger Rodney Seeto scoring a double after showing some blistering pace. Burdekin showed promising signs but were unable to crack the rock-solid Teachers defence in the first half. With a commanding lead at the break, Teachers West looked to put the foot down in the second half to try and run away with the win. A risky cut out pass was thrown by half back Tom Vinson only to be plucked out of the air by Burdekin outside centre Lachlan Gullotta who ran in for a consolation try in the second half. Seeto finished the game with a hat trick, with Josh Fletcher and Hugh Huppatz both crossing for doubles blowing the score line out to 78-7. Some stand out performers were Trent Owen, Martin Brennan, Rodney Seeto (Teachers West) and John Alford was a standout for the Burdekin.

Teachers West – 78 – Tries: Lewayne Barrett 1, Hugh Huppatz 2, Trent Owen 1, Martin Brennan 1, Josh Fletcher 2, Rodney Seeto 3, Josh Lamb 1, Daniel Chorley 1. Conversions: Josh Fletcher 9, Paulino Aloisio 1.

Burdekin – 7 – Tries: Lachlan Gullotta 1. Conversions: Nicholas Bartlett 1.


After another big week of rugby, senior teams will be able to put their feet up and watch some footy due to a competition bye round, as the Queensland Country Rugby Championships take place at Mike Carney Toyota Park. There is a total of 22 players from the Conrad Gargett 1st Grade competition selected to play in the North Queensland side to play this weekend. Be sure to come down to the grounds to check out some high-quality footballer’s clash from around the state as players push for further representative honours. Below are the game times for the weekend:

Friday Night:

Ø North Queensland v South Queensland – Under 19's at 6:30pm, Men at 8pm


Ø South Queensland v Central Queensland – Under 19's at 4pm, Men at 5:30pm


Ø North Queensland v Central Queensland – Under 19's at 10am, Men at 11:30am


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