Storky's Footy Talk - Round 7
GRAHAM "STORKY" CAMPBELL
What a great day of football at McIndoe Park on the weekend with juniors all day and then the Ladies game which was a thriller of a game followed by the Under 17’s which had everyone on their edge of their seats and the result came down to the wire!
After the game the winning club, Emerald Brothers, were presented with the Doug Slack trophy which will be a yearly trophy.
The main game of the day was for the Duroux Shield and it was betwen the A-Grade teams Tigers and Cowboys.
With a big crowd on hand, the Tigers started with a bang scoring after one minute through McIver Watene from a back line movement. Tigers were moving the ball through Gavin Power and Recce Kennaugh and with Ray Ebsworth chiming in from fullback, the Cowboys were left confused and looking for an answer.
The Tigers scored another three tries, two to Ryley Parter and one to Isaiah Huet who was having a big game in the centres. The score was 20-nil after 20 minutes, but captain of the Cowboys Andrew Doyle produced the goods to score a try to get back 6 points.
Captain for the Tigers Ray Ebsworth had a great run and scored his own try. The Cowboys kept punching it up through Josh Brigg and Mick Battye and it helped Andrew Doyle to another try for the Cowboys.
Little halfback Tommy McKennar was spreading the ball and trying hard for his team and lock Cory Butler was dong plenty of defence and attack.
The half time score was 28-10 in favour of the Tigers. Matt McCarthy on the wing produced a try for the Tigers after seven minutes and then Matt Langby playing second row strolled over for his try.
Cowboys were trying everything to contain the Tigers and their error rate was going up but Lachlan Reidin the centres produced two good tries and one being out wide and other off a chip and chase from Tommy McKennar.
It looked like Cowboys were trying to get back into the game and centre old boy Brett Simmonds scored a individual try running out wide. That took the score to 38-28 to the Tigers, but Tigers' Peter ”Boyzey” Harbord with a new hair do, had been playing a man of the match performance all game and he barged over for the try with 3 minutes left.
Ray Ebsworth then scored on the bell to leave the final score 50-28 in favour of the Tigers. Tigers claimed the trophy back after not having it for two years. The Tigers have the team to keep going this year and should make the finals.
Cowboys will have to improve but they have a lot of home games coming up. Keiren Pratt back at hooker position had a good game, same as Shaun Fahey and it's good to see Corey Bauman back on the paddock.
The Ladies game started with a bang with Keely Wiseman for the Cowboys making a break down the sideline and the sprinting through to score next to the posts. The Cowgirls were off and running. Jayde Hall and Denise Chaplain were hitting the ball up front but Tigers couldn’t hold back and after 8 minutes Cooper Hill was passed the ball from dummy-half and scooted over the line for Tigers' first try.
enny Whittaker after another five minutes, dived over from dummy-half for the Tigers to lead 10-6. Young Cowgirl Caitlyn Sheehan was having a great defensive game and she scored after a backline movement in the corner. She has great defence ensuring the player is tackled. Naomi Zonca playing winger then scooted down the sideline and scored in the corner. It was a great wingers try!
Tigers are not to be out-done and strong running centre Casey Watkins received the ball and barged over for her try. Tigers Ngaire Linde who had a good game running the ball barged for her try. The Cowboys tried hard through Emma Holzwart who came in from fullback to direct traffic to get the Cowgirls running.
Shae Boag was getting plenty of defensive work around the ruck and running the ball up and Kasey Pyle was good at dummy half. Meagan Latham at five-eight ran the ball making plenty of ground. Tigers scored the last try from Kelsie Parter who had a great running game to barge over for the Tigers to win 26-14.
Nioaka Ross and Miesha Huet both had very good games around the ruck. Bonnie Walsh kept directing traffic with the ball and hooker Jenny Whittaker was in everything.
It was a great game by the ladies and they are improving every week.
Before I wrap up this week, congratulations to Marleene Slack for being gifted a life membership to the Central Highlands Junior Rugby League. Well done. All of your hard work has been much appreciated over the years.
Enjoy your local footy this weekend!