Five try debut for teen
BY DAMIEN STANNARD
The adage if you are good enough, you are old enough certainly applies to teenage wiz Michael Dyson who scored five tries on debut for the Middlemount Panthers at Norm Blanche Oval on Saturday night.
Dyson, 17, was one of many stars for the Panthers who made light work of the Emerald Cowboys in a 78-12 romp in front of an appreciative home crowd to welcome the opening round of the Central Highlands Rugby League season.
Halfback Joel Duffy scored a hat trick of tries but it was Dyson who had the fans buzzing as they marvelled at the skills of a backline that hummed within moments of the kickoff.
Co-coach Ryan Hansell, who also scored two tries, had no doubts over sending a teenager into battle against men and he was proved right when Dyson scored the opening try of the game.
“Family history tells me he’ll be fine,” Hansell said during the build-up to the match.
Dyson’s brother Kris has already distinguished himself in the blue and gold and based on Saturday night’s effort, the youngest sibling has a long A grade career ahead of him.
The youngster proved he could also be a link man when he threw the last pass for veteran Duffy’s third try of the night.
Props Joe Toatofi and Hone Tepaa, and second-rower Alex Sainsbury were outstanding in laying a platform for the home side while Sam Creedon was a handful on the Panthers right edge.
Piecing it all together was five-eighth Mitch Wyatte who made an early claim for recruit of the season.
The former Tieri playmaker scored two tries and had a hand in several others as he tore the Cowboys to shreds.
Cowboys five-eighth Andrew Doyle offered plenty of spark but far too often the last pass was spilled when a try seemed inevitable.