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Conrad Gargett 1st Grade Weekly Wrap

 

 

This week commenced the annual finals campaigns for four sides who were lucky enough to stake their claim for a shot at the premiership crown. In the much-anticipated battle of the round, Teachers West took on Brothers in a blockbuster Saturday evening in the major semi-final. Whilst Sunday afternoon saw a fiery showdown between Burdekin and North Ward in the minor semi-final.

 

Game 1:

The heavyweight battle and rivalry between old enemies Teachers West and Brothers took another turn last Saturday in the major semi final. Teachers West finished the regular season undefeated minor premiers and therefore went into the game as firm favourites after defeating Brothers on all three previous occasions. Teachers as expected came out of the blocks firing with star flyhalf Josh Fletcher showing some dominant running off a short side scrum play to bash his way through multiple Brothers defenders to charge over the line and draw first blood. It didn’t take Teachers West much longer to break through Brothers defence with centre Gene Morgan breaking the line before setting loose fullback Curtis Rayment to run 35 metres to finish off a great try. Brothers were unable to crack the defensive line with only two penalty goals to show for the first half. The second half saw a rejuvenated Brothers side inject some spark into the game with relentless raids on the Teachers try line before Brothers flanker Dan Cooper showed brilliant determination to beat three defenders to put Brothers in the lead 13-10. With the momentum of the game taking a huge swing, Teachers were put on the back foot with continuous raids from the Brothers backline. With the game on a knifes edge after Daniel Chorley’s try out wide, it was 1st Grade player of the year Martin Brennan who stood up and pounced on a sloppy lineout throw to streak away down the field for a massive territory gain which allowed Josh Lamb to dart for the try line to seal an emphatic victory 22-13. 

Teachers West – 22 – Tries: Josh Fletcher 1, Josh Lamb 1, Daniel Chorley 1, Curtis Rayment 1. Conversions: Josh Fletcher 1.

Brothers – 13 – Tries: Dan Cooper 1. Conversions: Ayden Pyper 1. Penalty Goals: Ayden Pyper 2.

Game 2:

The minor semi final took place on Sunday afternoon with third placed Burdekin making the trip in to Townsville to take on North Ward for a chance to progress further in the competition. The last three times these teams met, Burdekin have only just scraped through with some tough victories. Right from the first kick off North Wards attitude said that they meant business with an early onslaught of barnstorming runs from their tight five putting Burdekin on the back foot. North Ward were first to score after quick hands saw agile flanker Mitch Clarke scurry his way across the chalk for a try. Burdekin hit straight back with a brilliant try started by Lachlan Kerr who broke North Wards defensive line to streak away before popping an inside ball to number 8 Leonard Heron, who then put Nic Bartlett in open space to score under the posts. North Ward began to hit their straps in the most crucial parts of the game, scoring a brace of tries 15 minutes either side of half time. Young Flyhalf Luke Moran scored his second try of the match to cement an important lead of 43 points to 10 heading into the final ten minutes of action. Burdekin did not die wondering however, finishing in a flurry with three tries in the final moments of the match to give North Ward a little scare. The final score of 43-31 sees North Ward face off with Brothers in next weekends elimination semi-final.

North Ward – 43 – Tries: Mitch Clarke 1, Dan Withers 1, Luke Moran 2, Lachlan Cavallin 1, David Morris 1, Russel West 1. Conversions: Maciu Vatanitawake 4.

Burdekin – 31 – Tries: Nic Bartlett 1, Lachlan Gullotta 2, Chris Mann 1, Curtis Baker 1. Conversions: Nic Bartlett 1, Chris Mann 1, Xander Barndard 1.

 

This week the TDRU finals continue with…

Elimination Final:

Saturday September 8th sees the action of the first-grade finals heat up with Brothers taking on a fired up North Ward on the hunt for a major upset. Brothers will be looking at bouncing back from a frustrating defeat the previous week whilst North Ward will look to continue their form resurgence. This battle will kick off at 4:30pm as the main game of the elimination finals.

The full weekends draw, and results are available in Thursdays Bulletin. Tune in next week to see how this intriguing match panes out…

 

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