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Conrad Gargett 1st Grade Weekly Wrap

 

 

This week round 21 of the Conrad Gargett 1st Grade competition saw the last round of regular games take place. North Ward battled Charters Towers for the final place in the top four, Brothers took on University at home, whilst down in the Burdekin there was an exhibition match that took place between Teachers West and Burdekin.

 

Game 1:

The game of the round took place at Mike Carney Toyota Park, which saw Charters Towers travel up to Townsville to battle North Ward. This match was do or die for both sides with both sides needing a victory to see them be in the hunt for the finals. In a see-sawing affair it was North Ward who drew first blood through second rower Jeremy Pullen who showed outstanding grit and determination to power his way over the line for a bit of meat. Charters Towers hit back superbly with two tries to Tagna Sailor after a superb showing of speed, strength and skill to give the Bulls a narrow lead heading into the break. After both sides regrouped at the break, it was North Ward who sparked some brilliant attacking rugby. North Ward winger Michael Morris took the ball into contact down the right wing before a marvellous offload to allow flying flanker Mitch Clarke to pierce the Bulls defence and streak away to score under the uprights. The boot of Luke Moran further extended North Wards lead with three penalty kicks. With not long left in the contest, North Wards winger Ryan Allen finished off a wonderful try to cap off an emphatic game and cement their place in the up and coming TDRU finals. Matt Corrigan and Mitch Clarke were outstanding for North Ward. Whilst Joseph Cram and Tagna Sailor played exceptional for Charters Towers. Well done to the bulls on a fantastic 2nd year back in the top competition.

North Ward – 28 – Tries: Jeremy Pullen 1, Mitch Clarke 1, Ryan Allen 1. Conversions: Luke Moran 2. Penalty Goals: Luke Moran 3.

Charters Towers – 12 – Tries: Tagna Sailor 2. Conversions: Sam Knuth 1.

Game 2:

The second game of round 21 took place at Ignatius Park College which saw Brothers taking on a University side who were looking getting their first win of the season and upset Brothers finals run. Brothers got off to the perfect start after some power running from their near full-strength forward pack, laid a pristine platform for their backline to work with. Brothers flanker Tevita Ma’ulu’ulu once again showcased why he is one of the competitions most damaging runners, he scored a hattrick of tries within the first 30 minutes of the game after showcasing trademark footwork and speed to bust through the JCU defence. The game was unfortunately cut short, Brothers will turn their attention to their clash with competition heavyweights Teachers West in the major semi-final which is sure to be another blockbuster encounter. After a tough first season back in the competition JCU now bow out to regroup for next year, credit goes to the Uni boys for having a fair crack and pushing some finals bound teams right to the very end.

Brothers – 46 – Tries: Mat Kenworthy 2, Tevita Ma’ulu’ulu 3, Sam Warner 1, Britton Lockie 1, Nick Douglas 1. Conversions: Scott Doulis 2, Nick Douglas 1.

University – 0

Game 3:

The final match of the round was an exhibition match that took place down in the Burdekin between third placed Burdekin Cane toads and minor premiers Teachers West. A crowd of close to 350 ladies flocked down to the Casalengo Field in Ayr for the Cane Toads annual lady’s day event. The home crowd were treated to a wonderful day of rugby with the main game at 6pm the pinnacle of the day’s action. Both sides were looking at turning in strong performances to gain momentum before the first week of finals take place. Defence was a strong point for both sides throughout the match with desperate and decisive defence from Teachers West contributing to a strong showing. As expected the scintillating form of the Teachers backline was carried on into this encounter with some wonderful tries being scored to entertain the Burdekin crowd.

 

 

This week sees the first week of the TDRU finals take place…

Major Semi Final:

Two of the competitions heavyweights in minor premiers Teachers West and second placed Brothers will lock horns in what is sure to be an epic battle. They will clash on Saturday the 1st of September at 5:15pm for the opportunity to head straight through to the grand final on the 15 of September. Teachers have won all three encounters between the two clubs this year, so Brothers will be on the hunt to upstage the competition favourites.

Minor Semi Final:

Sunday the 2nd of September at 5pm third placed Burdekin will travel to Townsville to take on fourth placed North Ward in a do or die semi-final with the losing team to be eliminated from the finals race. The winner of this fierce rivalry will take on the losing team from the Teachers West and Brothers game. Burdekin have won all three encounters this year by the slightest of margins, leaving North Ward with the underdog tag.

 

The full weekends draw, and results are available in Thursdays Bulletin. Tune in next week to see how these matches pan out...

 

 

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