Storky's Footy Talk - Round 5
GRAHAM "STORKY" CAMPBELL
Another great game of football in Middlemount and plenty of points scored by both teams with the score being 40-36. The Middlemount Panthers couldn’t contain the raging Bluff Rabbitohs after 80 minutes.
One player stood out from the rest in Chris Conway for Bluff. He was the man of the match and continually hit the ball up and tackled himself to the ground. He always made inroads in the Panthers defence and scoring one try as well.
Young Reece Williams kicked 5 goals for the day and scored a try.
Bluff were missing their regular front rowers but Kelly Conway and Zac Neven stood up and made in roads. Centre Paul Oth was receiving the ball out in the centres and he made good ground to score a try for himself from a chip and chase close to the finish of the game. Bluff scored seven tries to Middlemount six tries and both kicked six goals each.
Mitch Wyatte was the Panthers man of the match and he also tried in vain to push his club to the limits and kicking six from six. He lead and ran the ball himself working on Bluff’s defence.
Winger Micky Dyson on the wing was a danger for Bluff every time he got the ball which he also score a great diving wingers try . Front rowers Jeff Scales and Hone Tepaa both ran the ball up and worked hard in the middle when on the field.
The game's score changed every try and when you thought one team was going to win the other would score points. The game could be described as a seesawing match.
Peter McLaughlin scored three tries for Bluff and Ryan O’Donghue a try. Ryan was always there to harass the Panthers and kept the ball moving out wide. Bluff and the Panthers were understrength but that was the teams they had for the day.
Jason Randell was back on deck for the Panthers with his work rate around the ruck area.
It was truly a great game of football.
I was involved also in the Under 17’s game in Tieri and it was the Peak Down Pirates against the Emerald Tigers.
This was a hard fought game and neither side was going to give the other side an inch without a battle.
Blake Edwards and Isaac Whiley both had good game leading up front for the Tigers and lock James Bridgeman always there helping out and leading the way. Kye Ryan was the half back and lead his team around directing play.
For the Pirates, the front rowers in Dylan and Jack Kalinowsky, who are also brothers, lead their team and Jack kicked a field goal in the second half. Mitchel Oliver worked hard in defence and attack and was rewarded with a try and Half back Mitch Patterson for the Pirates had a good game and lead his team around.
The scoreline reflected the game as the both teams were keen for a win with the final score 14-13 to the Tigers.
There was injuries to players on both sides and they treated by the ambulance. All the best with the boys recovery.
When I write my columns, some clubs use it as motivation to get a win and last weekend it was the Bluff Rabbitohs. Good work!
Springsure won against the Clermont Bears on Sunday afternoon in Springsure. It was a high scoring game for the teams and Springsure are on top of the table. They have had some good wins of late and this weekend they will front the Emerald Tigers on Sunday afternoon again in Emerald.
Tigers have been in mixed form this year and I believe this will be a great match up.
Emerald Cowboys will travel to Bluff on Saturday and the Cowboys have had mixed form and are on the bottom of the table. They have the quality players and need to perform this week otherwise they will get eaten by the Rabbits who are playing good football even with fifteen players and a team that doesn’t train together.
The Bob Baird Memorial Shield is up for grabs on Saturday in Dysart. Clermont travel to Dysart in two grades on Saturday and the first game will see the Ladies Bulls up against the Bears ladies. The Bears have been in good form of late as they have several star players.
Dysart are improving every week and I see after nearly beating the Crushettes last week they’ll be looking for a win at home. The Men’s game will be a bottler as the Bulls have muscled up this year and always are hard to beat at home. Home teams are nearly always at full strength. But don’t under estimate the Bears as they have shown at home they can beat teams and they beat Bluff at Bluff.
Blackwater Crushers travel to Middlemount this week and after writing up the Panthers they have been getting beaten. Crushers finally had a win last win against the Bulls and will need their full squad this week to take it to the Panthers who have been wounded of late. The Panthers will get up this week as you can’t afford to lose home games.
The juniors are in Barcaldine this weekend and best of luck to the players trying to make the Capras representative team.
Enjoy your weekend of local rugby league!