Storky's Footy Talk - Round 4
GRAHAM "STORKY" CAMPBELL
What a game in Springsure!
The Mountain Men were on fire against the Middlemount Panthers beating them 40-18.
It took a while for the Mountain Men to score but the forwards in Terry Delalande, Matt Travers and Ben Kerle ripped into the Panthers, taking plenty of rucks and big hits. The Mountain Men had the majority of the ball and the Panthers tackled well until the line was broken by Ben Kerle, Terry Delalande and Anthony Hafey who all scored a try each.
Hooker Sam Cronk had a good running game in the first half at dummy half. Luke Cronk was once again all over the paddock in defence and attack. His aggression helped the Mountain Men to back up and keep going during the hard times of the game.
Mitch Wyatte struggled all game trying to get the players involved and sometimes was left with the ball. Steven Henderson kept running the ball up all game with the props in Brendan Hoskin and Joe Taotofi. Wyatte and Joel Duffy kept organising raids in the Mountain Men defence. They did break through for three tries to Lachlan Adams, Joel Duffy and Will Davidson.
In the second half everyone was on edge to see if the Mountain Men could hang on and win, but they did more than that with four runaway tries to seal the game. Five Eight Jared Owens was inspirational in his game making the breaks for his team members and pulling off two big tackles to change the direction of the game as the Panthers were getting on a roll. He was my man of the match, well done.
The runaway tries were finished off by Kevin Kelbassa and Mark Francey scoring two each and Luke Cronk six conversions. Kelbassa scored a great backline try to finish the game. Ash Travers and Mark Francey both came alive in the second half to lift the team when needed.
Patrick McMahon and Matt Quinn for the Panthers were strong in defence and attack making in-roads with his runs. They just didn’t finish off on the breaks.
The Panthers couldn’t hold the Mountain Men back at the end and the Mountain Men gain the Allen Johnson Trophy.
It was good see the crowd numbers back and also to see Craig, "the voice" back in operation. Keep up the good work with the supporters numbers.
It was a day of juniors and seniors at Springsure and the Under 13’s game was good game. The game was between the Peak Down Pirates and Springsure.
The boys were very enthusiastic and the play went back and forwards up the field. Good to see the comradeship on the field during the game. The Pirates front rower Campbell Allen who is a big boy, played hard and fair and respected the opposition and at one stage I noticed him telling a opposition player he was sorry after a tackle. Well done young man.
Other players who were strong were Noah Hartley and little hooker Jared Kennedy. For the Mountain Men, they worked hard all game and played better football in the second half. Marshall Sullivan had a good running and tackling game. Nick Walters came from fullback to chime in or take control at the ruck and Clancy Harrison was always there to distribute the ball and have run. Big Dylan Mayne kept hitting the ball and making ground for his team.
This weekend, Dysart travel to Crushers in two grades and I see a win for the Crushers in both grades as the ladies team is playing good football and Crushers men are at home. Bluff travel to Middlemount and will struggle with Middlemount at home and the Panthers rebounding after a loss. The Bears will contest a good game on Sunday afternoon at Springsure but the Mountain Men will prevail.
Keep up the good work young fellas and enjoy your local football this weekend.