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WELL HUNG GLASS AND ALUMINIUM 1ST GRADE COMPETITION WRAP UP

 

Round 13 lived up to the hype, with all teams putting on a great display of Rugby in order to cement their final four place. In the first game of the weekend, an all country blockbuster between Charters Towers Rugby Union Football Club Inc and the Burdekin Rugby Union Canetoads in Ayr, for the Cane Toads old boys day. Next up at Mike Carney Toyota Park, North Ward Old Boys Rugby Union Club took on the LARCS with both teams hunting for some momentum leading into the final regular rounds of the season. The final game of the weekend saw Brothers Rugby Union Club Townsville clashed with JCU Rugby Union Club who were out to spoil any last hopes of a Brothers finals appearance. Click read more for a full wrap up...

 

GAME 1: CHARTERS TOWERS VS BURDEKIN

After a great win at home against the LARC’s, Charters Towers made the long trip to Ayr to play the Burdekin on their Old Boy’s day. With a big crowd in attendance and both teams ready to settle the country team derby, the game was set to be a cracker. With the game starting at a high pace, Charters Towers found themselves in attacking distance minutes into the game, a pick and go from The Bull’s break away Jacob Day off the back a stolen lineout, saw him squeeze through the line to score the first try early in the game. Immediately the Burdekin hit back, quick hands out wide off a turnover inside the Bulls 22m and an inside ball saw inside centre Cameron Griffin cross the line. Following an early try to both sides, the game slowed from its frantic pace to steady free flowing country rugby. The toads were next to run in some tries with a dominate display of strength and determination lead them to score twice to regain the ascendancy just before the break. However, Charters had the last laugh of the half, with hookie Ronnie Berryman crossing for a try to give the bulls a narrow lead 21-19. The second half was much closer than expected with some gritty defence from both sides displayed, and it was Burdekin number 8 Leonard Herron who reaped the rewards crossing for his second try of the match to seal the victory for the Canetoads. Outstanding performances from Joey Cram and Kane Fuller were not enough to stop Herron and the Canetoads for snatching a memorable victory in front of a massive home crowd. 

Burdekin 31 (Leonard Herron 2T, Damon Hesp 1T, Campbell Griffen 1T, Xander Barnard 4T, 1PG)

Charters Towers 19 (Ronnie Berryman 1T, Fraser Turner 1T, Jacob Day 1T, Sam Knuth 2C).

GAME 2: NORTH WARD VS LARCS

After a close game last time North Ward and the LARC’s matched up and with both teams seeking to secure their spot to play finals Rugby, the first game at Mike Carney Toyota Park was shaping up to be a cracker. Early on, North Ward seemed to find their groove, making their way into the LARC’s 22m from some good hands to the wing. A short ball to Prop Jon Salee saw him crash over the line to score the opening try of the game. A chip, chase and regather from flyhalf Scotty Doulis gave him the chance to offload to inside centre Dylan Johnson who ran 30m to score. A quick tap from North Ward saw them spread the ball wide for outside centre Angus Chrisp to finish off a great try in the corner. North Ward extended their lead through a pick and go from second rower Zac Ollington after stringing a series of phases on the LARC’s line finishing the half 3 tries to 1. After the break the LARC’s identified space out wide early and some fast pace running and passing got the ball to flyhalf Scott Doulis to score in the corner to get his team back in the game. After the LARC’s found themselves in good attacking position on a mid-field scrum, North Ward outside centre Angus Chrisp, snatched the ball from the air to run 60m and score. After some costly mistakes from North Ward the LARC’s found themselves in possession 5m out from the North Ward line and a great line from Toutai Ledger saw him slice through to score under the sticks. After Another 15 minutes of back and forth Rugby with both teams scoring and some great effort from LARCs flanker Ben Lotty it was North Ward who came out on top with Zac Ollington leading the way, proving they are a threat to the competition title with the game finishing 39-31

North Ward 39 (Jon Salee 2T, Zac Ollington 1T, Dan Withers 1T, Angus Chrisp 2T, Sam Delaney 3C, 1PG)

LARCS 31 (T Ledger 1T, A Farrell 1T, Dylan Johnson 1T, F Tagituimua 1T, Scott Doulis 1T, 3C).

GAME 3: BROTHERS VS JCU

With JCU still looking for their first win of the season and Brothers trying to keep their finals hopes alive the final game of the weekend was expected to be an interesting one. Both teams from the get-go showed plenty of heart with some great skills on display. Brothers exploited the space out wide with Wingers Louka Demopolous and Bailee Brown scoring from quick hands after stringing some patient phases together. JCU, did not let this phase them. Seizing the opportunities when the presented themselves, putting them in great attacking position 5m out from the try line. A change of direction, against the grain from Prop Isaak Lilo put him through the line to score JCU’s first try. Once again JCU found themselves putting phases together on the line and a pick and go from number 8 Kerry Amory showed his strength when he pushed through to score. With JCU putting plenty of pressure on the fish, the score was 17-12 to Brothers at the break. After the break substitute Prop for Brothers, Ben Eames, put on some massive hits putting his team back on the front foot with Flanker, Dan Cooper slipping off tackles to break through and score next to the posts. A kick return from Brothers Fullback Sam Doyle gave him the chance to show his speed, breaking through untouched to score. JCU sub Phil Wallbridge proved his worth having a great game for the Uni, while Brothers Flanker Dan Cooper proved to be the difference. Finishing the game 36-12.

Brothers 36 (Dan Cooper 1T, Louka Demopolous 2T, Bailee Brown 1T, Sam Doyle 1T, Kieran Willey 1T, Britten Lockie 2C, Matt Rauch 1C)

JCU 12 (Isaak Lilo 1T, Kerry Amory 1T, 1C)

This weekend, reigning premiers Teachers West return from the bye to play all time arch rivals, Brothers after their solid win at Mike Carney Toyota Park. At Bindal Sports Grounds the LARC’s will host the Burdekin hoping to grab a victory at home and finally at the Sports Reserve, North Ward will host Charter Towers. Be sure to get to your local games and watch the 1st Grade action.  

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