Gaters Display Menacing Early Form
Sandgate Brighton Gaters have staked an early claim as the team to beat in 2013, shooting to the top of the second division ladder, with a superb display of football downing hosts Souths Juniors 48-16.
The Gaters’ backline led the way, with stand-out performances from Steve Franciscus and Sam Martin, seemingly creating holes at will, as the team crossed the line 10 times.
Souths struggled to contain the speed of the Gaters’ wing, coming up off the line well and containing the forwards, but failing to slide adequately to protect the sideline.
The visitors drew first blood in the first five minutes off the back of a penalty and a flurry of offloads, to put Marlon Doak, across the line. Fast forward 10 minutes, and the Gaters had crossed another two times, with Selo Mataele and Franciscus both setting up tries to blow the score out to 14-0 with only 12 minutes gone.
The home side’s straight and solid running game soon paid dividends, slotting Nick Lund over the line after a couple of hard and fast sets to put the scoreboard at 14-6 after 20 minutes.
However, any prospect of a Souths comeback evaporated – a runaway Gaters outfit notched another three quick-fire tries, blowing the margin out to 28-6 at the break.
The second-half saw Souths Juniors shooting out of the blocks, in a complete role-reversal of the first-half. The Gaters appeared to be caught off-guard by their newly invigorated rivals, seemingly unsure of themselves in attack and dominated by Souths in defence thanks to the boot of Souths’ halfback Terrence Hill, and a consistent, hard-hitting barrage from the forward pack.
With 32 minutes left on the clock, Souths had clawed back the deficit, complements of tries from Simanu Chrichton and Ash Bull, and Terrence Hill’s precision kicking to reset the board 16-28.
Souths’ surge of momentum was short lived however; as the Gaters rediscovered the form and fearlessness that had defined their first-half effort and piled on try after try until the final whistle. Souths continued to look dangerous, particularly when the ball found Terrence Hill, but failed to capitalise on opportunities near the goal-line.
The full-time hooter marked a commanding 48-16 win to the bayside team, including a four-try tally for the Gaters’ Sam Martin and doubles to Marlon Doak and Steve Franciscus.
Weekend Summary with Mick Tierney
Gaters have the lead in Premier Grade, on 4 points after beating Souths Juniors 48-16. Pine Rivers and Aspley are both on 3 points after Pine Rivers beat Wynnum Manly 34-24 and Aspley beat Logan Brothers 17-12. Easts Juniors, Logan Brothers and Souths Juniors are all on 2 points after Easts beat Carina 42-16. Wynnum and Carina are both on 0 points.
Dayboro, Christian Lions and Mitchelton are all on 4 points in Northside 1 after Dayboro beat Brothers 36-0, Christian Lions beat North Lakes 50-4 and Mitchelton beat Pine Central 10-8. In the other match, Valleys beat Brisbane Natives 16-6, leaving Valleys and North Lakes both on 2 points and Pine Central, Brisbane Natives and Brothers Juniors all on 0 points.
In Northside 2, Samford and Normanby share the lead on 4 points after Samford beat Aspley 26-16 and Normanby beat Deception Bay 16-10. Banyo, Deception Bay, Aspley and Gaters are all on 2 points after Banyo beat Arana Hills 70-16 and Gaters beat Bracken Ridge 26-14. Bracken Ridge and Arana Hills are both on 0 points.
Mitchelton, Brighton and Pine Rivers share the lead in Northside 3, on 4 points, after Mitchelton beat Pine Central 32-4, Brighton beat Banyo 32-0 and Pine Rivers beat Burpengary 18-16. Deception Bay, Valleys, Banyo and Gaters are all on 2 points, after Deception Bay beat Gaters 62-0 and Valleys beat Norths St Josephs 18-8. Burpengary, St Josephs and Pine Central are all on 0 points.
Bulimba Valleys and Redlands share the lead in Southside 1, on 4 points, after Bulimba beat Inala 36-14 and Redlands beat Cannon Hill 20-10. Greenbank, Wests Inala, Mt Gravatt and Wests Centenary are all on 2 points after Greenbank beat Centenary 46-10 and Mt Gravatt beat Logan brothers 20-12. Cannon Hill and Logan Brothers are both on 0 points.
St Brendans is the only undefeated team in Southside 2, on 4 points after beating Carina 30-12. Slacks Creek, Sunnybank, Beenleigh Juniors and Carina are all on 2 points Slacks Creek beat Capalaba 56-0 and Beenleigh beat Sunnybank 22-0. Capalaba is on 0 points.
Slacks Creek and Mt Gravatt share the lead in Southside 3 on 4 points after Slacks Creek beat Greenbank 44-4 and Mt Gravatt beat North Stradbroke Island 22-16. Redlands, Bulimba, Wynnum, St Brendans, Graceville and Greenbank are all on 2 points after Bulimba beat Graceville 28-12, St Brendans beat Redlands 20-16 and Wynnum had the bye. North Stradbroke Island is on 0 points.
In Southside 4 Edens Landing and Logan Wanderers share the lead on 4 points after Edens Landing beat Logan Brothers 40-38 and Logan Wanderers beat Slacks Creek 26 24. Slacks Creek, Browns Plains, Waterford, Mustangs Brothers and Capalaba are all on 2 points after Browns Plains beat Cannon Hill 28-20, Capalaba beat Mustangs 28-22 and Waterford had the bye. Logan Brothers and Cannon Hill are both on 0 points.
Easts Juniors, Arana Hills, Logan Brothers, Souths Juniors and Burpengary all share the lead in the Under 20 grade on 4 points after Easts beat Carina 54-10, Arana Hills beat Springwood 36-14, Logan Brothers received a forfeit from Apsley, Souths Juniors received a forfeit from North Lakes and Burpengary had the bye. Brothers Juniors beat Norths Juniors 24-18 to share two points with Springwood while North Lakes, Norths Juniors, Aspley and Carina are all on 0 points.