Storky's Footy Talk - Round 13
GRAHAM "STORKY" CAMPBELL
What a competition we have here in the Central Highlands!
Two rounds to go and the final four hasn't got any clearer.
Over the weekend there was some great action at Hinrick's Oval in Blackwater with the Crushettes rolling the Emerald Tigers Ladies 28-16.
Tigers put the first points on the board scoring after 5 minutes when fullback Kelsie Parter was passed a ball into a hole. Her 25 metre scoot earned her the first points of the game.
The Crushers looked to come back through props Lauren Pingel and Tashia Anthony with some good carries forward and they could tackle as well.
Cloe Ramsay was taking it up the middle with Charleigh Robinson making ground for the Tigers.
After 20 minutes, Miranda Baker came onto the field and in the first set of six at dummy-half she scored under the posts. Mariah Storch threw it over from right in front to level the score 6-all.
After 24 minutes, Jenny Whittaker passed a lovely ball to Kelsie Parter and she was over again for try number two. It looked like the game was changing and Tigers' Stacey Kirman was making plenty of ground but the Crushettes were not to be out done.
Halfback Olivia Hamilton ran the ball and scooted between tacklers and then offloaded to Mariah Storch who was Johnny on the spot to score.
At half-time,the scores were level at 12-all. The game looked as though either side could take it out.
This is when Nadine Hattingh took control and started running more. The Tigers dropped off in defence resulting in her receiving a ball from Tara Cox to scorer her first try of the night.
Tashia Anthony was next to score after Olivia Hamilton threw another on-target pass. Olivia is a good player who hits the ball up and is hard to tackle.
Mariah Storch was trying to make ground but the Tigers had her covered all game and sometimes after the Tigers had tackled her, it felt like the pressure was off but this only let others make plenty of ground.
Casey Watkins playing hooker was having a quiet running game but barged over from dummy half to score her try. The score was 22-16 in favour of the Crushettes with ten minutes left.
Ngarie Linde had a good game taking the ball up and doing a mountain of defence and Tamyra Hunter was making plenty of ground in the centres.
Player of the match Nadine Hattingh scored her second try after running many metres to complete the victory for the Crushers.
Maria Rawiri converted two for the day and had a good captain’s knock. Mariah Storch converted four.
Miranda Baker changed the game once she was on the paddock for the Crushettes.
It was a good game for both clubs and definitely showed that the finals are knocking on the door.
The Tigers Men made up for the Ladies loss winning comfortably 42-12.
The Tigers came out meaning business lead by Dywayne Rigby and Darcy Darby who were hitting it up the middle. Matt Langby was involved in everything around the ruck area.
The first try came after a back line movement and winger Matt McCarthy was over in the corner. Kyle Mattingley was next barging over from dummy half for a try to take the Tigers to a 10-nil lead.
Rigby was next to score after stripping the ball from the winger and did a huge sprint for ten metres to score.
Crushers were still in the game and Brad Gorman and Tua Wall was giving it to the Tigers.
Rhys Giles who was the man of the match was making runs out of nothing. He was playing well and continued for the whole game.
Aaron Price was defending and running the ball.
Fullback Kelly Gage scored off a backline movement down the short side to give the Crushers hope with the visitors leading 16-6 but Tigers' Jason King awoke from a quiet game to move onto a pass and sprint 40 metres to go over for a try.
At half-time, the Tigers led 22-6.
The game went to either side with a good set of six tackles and kicking the ball downtown but after thirteen minutes into the second half, centre Reece Kennaugh scooted over for try and this started the Tigers roll.
Darcy Hardess backed up and scored a try rewarding his good game.
Peter Harbord came off the bench for the Tigers and made an impact straight away making plenty of yards.
Same for Blackwater's Rob Coppo who was heavily involved in some good tackling and running of the ball earning him a try.
Tigers' hooker, Matt Langby, scored another one for the Tigers and Peter Harbord finished the Crushers off for the game.
Jacob Ford had a good game for the Crushers.
Tigers now move into the next two weeks knowing they will most likely take home the Minor Premiership and will host the Major Semi Final on Saturday August 20th.
This weekend we see a battle for positions in the Men's Ladder, which can change, and also the Ladies 4th and 5th positions.
The Ladies game is between Dysart and Cowgirls in Emerald. This week one team will leap the other depending on who wins.
Dysart seem to be more consistent and the Cowgirls have been improving. Their squad should be the best they can get besides season ending injuries.
The Dysart Ladies are always hard to beat. It will be an entertaining game to watch.
The Dysart Men will play the Cowboys in Emerald and the Cowboys have no impact on their spot except to keep off the bottom of the ladder.
Dysart are still eyeing off 4th spot and need the win. Dysart have more to gain but it is the reunion weekend and the Cowboys want to impress.
Clermont travel to Blackwater on the weekend and the Ladies game will be the one to watch as this is 1st up against 3rd.
Crushers won last weekend and will want to show Clermont their strength.
Clermont haven’t played for a few weeks and will need the game day fitness for the finals.
Clermont will be hard to beat.
Crushers and Clermont Men are out of the finals race but Blackwater at home will be hard to beat.
Springsure host Bluff and it will all depend on who travels but Springsure at home on a cold Saturday night will be hard to beat.
Bluff are still holding onto second spot but Springsure will get home as they want to make the finals.
Tigers travel to Middlemount and this is a top four playoff. The Tigers have the Minor Premiership sown up and Middlemount want second spot. Middlemount at home are hard to beat but I think the Tigers are on a roll and will get the job done over the Panthers in a close one.
All teams will wear blue socks this weekend for State of Mind Round. All players and referees will be wearing blue socks to raise awareness about mental illness.
Well done to the Central Highlands Rugby League on getting onboard with this very important topic and it's great to see all clubs getting involved in trying to break the silence and stigma surrounding mental illness.
This weekend the Juniors start their finals series with the first semi hosted in Dysart.
Enjoy your local footy this weekend...there's plenty of it!