Storky's Footy Talk - Round 6
GRAHAM "STORKY" CAMPBELL
The Emerald Tigers were too good for the Springsure Mountain Men on Sunday afternoon in Emerald winning 58 to 10.
The Tigers took hold of the ball from the start and controlled it and their opposition and rattled away the points. The front Rowers in Dywayne Rigby, Darcy Darby and replacement forwards Quinton Castle Edminston and Puk Moana were the leaders in the team.
Puk scored a great individual try palming players off and taking a couple of the line with him. He played a good game. Tigers were strong in their back lines and either way they went, they scored. The centres in Isaiah Huet and Ray Ebsworth also performed.
Ray took control of his side of the ruck not letting any opposition player through. Hooker Matt Langby scored a dummy half try and backed up another to score two tries for the game. The defence of the Tigers contained the Mountain Men and the Travers boys in Matt, Andrew and Ash tried in vain leading up front.
The best was Ben Kerswell from fullback and he rarely missed a tackle and was there to take up rucks for the forwards. The Mountain Men didn’t have it their way but kept trying all game.
Jared Owens kept the ball rolling but the runners weren’t there or were getting tackled by a better opposition. Ben Kerle at second row worked a solid game trying to lift his team.
Allan Powell coming off the bench scored a barging try for the Mountain Men. It was good to see Allan on the field.
The backs for the Tigers were the finishing machine for the forwards. The Mountain Men now can regroup and work out the direction for their play. Tigers are on a roll and play Bluff this weekend in Bluff. It should be a great game.
I think clubs should look at keeping Sunday football. Huge crowd and a terrific game last Sunday afternoon!
Clermont Ladies beat the Dyasrt ladies 42-12. The score line didn’t reflect the game as it was close except for the last 10 minutes. The scoring was equal and either side looked the goods, but Bears captain Elle Waters scored five tries and passed to Judy Smith for a try.
Elle kept running and the she couldn’t be stopped or tackled. She lead the team with the assistance of Ainslee Lawrence and Tegan Rolfe at five-eight. Ainslee converted three tries as well. Tegan directed the play and ran the ball making holes for her outside team members.
Hooker Mackenzie Beames was all over the paddock running the ball and keeping the team going and had a good game. Fullback Codie Patterson chimed in the back line and ran the ball up and kicking two conversions.
Dysart’s Sarah Hicks lead the team around and ran the ball up. Front rower Juanita McDonald was heavily involved in the game constantly running the ball up and changing the game plan after running through holes in the defence. Donna Kilpatrick and Sammy Goodland both continued the running and defence and Melissa Micallef scored two tries for the team and Tyia Henry one try.
Both sides were in the game until the later stages when the Bears took the opportunities and ran away with the game. The ladies knowledge of the game is improving and so is their game plans and the way they play. It was a good game by both sides.
The Dysart Bulls men ran away winners 66–6 over the Clermont Bears. The Dysart brothers in Clayton and Josh Kilpatrick played a great combination game. Leading the team around and getting the ball out wide to Eddie Pearson who was unstoppable scoring two tries. Phil Derksen playing fullback was chiming in the back line and making inroad also scoring two tries.
The wingers Willem Kehl and Delroy Mathews both scored tries. The go forwards in Matt Morrell and Todd Sherlock kept the team going forward. President Shaun Macklin had a fine game for the Bulls and he leads a good club.
The Bears were struggling with a determined side but to their credit they kept trying all game and eventually scored through Jesse Johnson. Adam Thurgood tried all game at second row and replacement forward Peter Shannon and Liam Chapple took the ball up to try and get some forward motion for the team.
Halfback Aiden McGarity and Five-Eight Ethan Kennedy tried all game to get the team going forward but there was too many errors.
The Dysart team will be hard to beat if they keep that team on the paddock. It was good to see ex-Queensland and Broncos player Tonie Carroll on the sideline coaching the team.
Can the team stick together for the rest of the year to win the premiership?
It was great after match awards with both sides staying behind to tell the public who was the better players for the day. This does happen at every club game on the highlands.
This week the Tigers travel to Bluff and this should be a great game as both teams are on a roll. Can Tigers take the same team to Bluff and can Bluff have a strong side due to travel and work commitments?
Bluff will have a better advantage at home as long as big forwards Billy Byrne and Justin Daniels are playing. Tigers do have four good forwards and the young fella, Quinton Castle-Edminston is improving every game.
Emerald Cowboys travel to Blackwater and this is a battle for the two bottom cellar dwellers. Either side needs the win.
The ladies game should be a good battle for them as the Cowgirls are looking for their first win of the year and they have Kailah Rogers back playing and also returning from injury Tayla Bean and Meagan Latham.They are expecting Keely Wiseman to have a good game.
Blackwater will want to win to stay in touch with first position.
The Bears travel to Middlemount this weekend after their loss to the Bulls and the Panthers are struggling to win at home. It should be a good game as both teams need a win. Springsure and the Bulls have a bye.
Enjoy this weekend's round of local footy!