Storky's Footy Talk - Under 20's Rep Round
GRAHAM "STORKY" CAMPBELL
It was a great day of Rugby League at McIndoe Park on the weekend with the triple header and Fletch and Hindy visiting from the popular Monday Night with Matty Johns show on Fox Sports.
The first game kicked off at 12pm and the players wouldn’t have played at this time before, most probably back when they were in the junior ranks.
The Bluff Rabbitohs took it to the Emerald Tigers and put the first points on the board through Josh Merlow diving over from dummy half. Bluff was leading the charge in the first quarter of the game with Peter McLaughlin directing the team around the paddock and Dane Herron at halfback trying to make in-roads in the Tigers defence. Matty Charles had a good game just taking it up for the Rabbitohs and offloading when he could.
Crediting the Tigers' defence, Ray Ebsworth out wide with Matt Langby and Kyle Mattingley were stopping the Rabbits.
Branden Ferguson ran through a hole and made plenty of metres and then dived over from dummy half two plays later and Bluff led 10-0. That's where Bluff stopped and the Tigers took over.
Jason King started the try feast scoring out wide 25 minutes into the game. Bobby Steven scored next out wide and centre Isaiah Huet intercepted a pass and ran 50 metres to score and the Tigers led 14-10 at half-time.
In the second half, the Tigers continued their way with good tries to Isaiah Huet, David Brice and Jason King. This kept the Tigers in front and Dywayne Rigby kept up his good work rate to keep the charge going. Meirana Parata attacked Bluff’s defence line on numerous occasions.
Ethan McLaughlin made a good charge to help Bluff put points on the board and Branden Ferguson was in again and Bluff finished with 26 points.
Isaiah Huet had a good game and was the man of the match as he scored three tries for the game.
The full time score was 42-26 to the Tigers.
The Tigers outplayed the Bluff team for the majority of the game but I think the Tigers need to play 80 minutes of football as it could come to haunt them in the next games. They have a tough draw over the next few weeks.
The Ladies game saw the Crushettes take control of the Cowgirls.
Olivia Hamilton at halfback showed her team around and often ran the ball. Front rower Lauren Pingel, who was the player of the match, took the ball up all day and tackled in defence. The Crushettes forwards were domineering and Nadine Hattingh scored three tries for the day. She is strong all over the paddock in her debut year. Mariah Storch was strong in defence and stopped many hitups from the Cowgirls and Kerry Ham made many barging runs and eventually score two tries for the game.
Disregarding the score, the Cowgirls tried hard and Denise Chaplin worked tirelessly in defence and rucking the ball up. Keely Wiseman, who is improving every game, had a good game overall. Naomi Zonca scored for the Cowgirls early in the second half from a backline movement. The Cowgirls did have Nathan Hindmarsh as the water boy but it didn’t help them on the score board.
Tehlia Kirby was taking the ball up in the second half without fear. Tayla Bean was working hard in defence and directing traffic for the Cowgirls in the number 7 jersey. She has been very busy in the game and is looking to go the next level with help. Claire Prior this week ran the ball and made plenty of ground and Meagan Latham is getting back her running game.
Miranda Baker is playing hooker for the Crushettes with Peyton Storch away for work and has played well in her last few games as has Maddie Richards, who likes to run with the ball out wide.
The Crushettes are looking good for the last few games before finals time and could put a dint in the finals hopes of the top two teams.
The final score was 50-4 in favour of the Crushettes.
The Crushers were favourites to win on the day but were beaten by a better team in the Cowboys who played for 80 minutes.
It was a nail biting effort at the end with the score finishing up at 22-14 in favour of the Cowboys.
It took a while for a break through as the defence was good but dropped ball didn’t help either side.
After 18 Minutes, the first try was through Rhys Giles and then Colby Napper from a line break.
The Cowboys came back through Ben Kemp who is having a good year for the Cowboys and also through Todd Daniels who was one of Cowboys best players. Mick Battye and Ryan Campbell hit the line all day and both were tackling everything in their way.
Ryan Palmer was having a good game being involved in everything and Zac Clemesha was matching in defence.
At half time it was 10-all.
In the second half, Cowboys Bryce Loch scored from a kick downtown for his team to lead 16-10.
Jed Brunner scored a great individual try for the Crushers to hit back. He is playing good football week in-week out for the Crushers. Tua Wall was hitting it up for the Crushers and Aaron Price was busy in the game.
It was tussle for the victory and Edgar Broom was having a effect from the bench, but Cowboys' Rhys Adams ran 40 metres to score a try from a terrific pass from Andrew Doyle and saw the Cowboys hit the lead 22-14.
Josh Ford for the Crushers only played the last 20 minutes and had a good game.
In the last ten minutes, both sides tried to gain the upper hand but neither budged.
It was a good game for the last game of the day and kept everyone on the edge of their seats. Good work Cowboys securing their third win of the season!
This weekend the Central Highlands Under 20's boys head to Yeppoon to play in the QRL Central Division Under 20's carnival. I wish them all the best and hope they take home the trophy on Sunday afternoon.
You can catch all the action on Spreaker throughout the weekend. Enjoy the week off!