Storky's Footy Talk - Round 6 (Week 2)
GRAHAM "STORKY" CAMPBELL
The ladies game of football started on a bad note on Saturday when the Crushers kicked off to the Cowgirls and in the tackle Fran Collins hurt herself with a season ending leg injury. By the time Fran was treated by the ambulance, the ladies had lost half a game of football.
I must pose this question to the Central Highlands Rugby League...when will the ladies be allowed time off for injuries?.
The two teams played the second half only. The Crushers got away on the score board with a try from Nadine Hattingh as she scooped up a ball from the chip and chase to score after two minutes. It then took to the eighth minute and second rower Cheyanne Major barged over for her try. Both tries were converted by Mariah Storch.
Cowgirls' Kimber-Lee Stewart was working hard in the backline for the Cowgirls.
The Crushers were lead around by Olivia Hamilton and Mariah Storch. Front-rower Tashia Anthony had a big game running over the Cowgirls and also her tackling was effective.
The Cowgirls had two new front rowers in the game for the weekend in Shae Boag and Meagan Latham and they constantly worked the ball forward. The game went from end to end and both sides were making mistakes.
Cowgirls' Denise Chaplin, after a lot of hard in defence attacked the ball and scored over the line in a back line movement.
Player of the match in Kailah Rogers couldn’t put her foot wrong and she scored a great individual try for the Cowgirls and that try it took the score to 12-10 in favour of the Crushers.Cowgirls' Britney Wiseman was running and tackling in the centres and making plenty of ground.
With not much time left Rogers once passed a ball to Claire Prior and she was through a gap in the defence and she ran twenty metres and offloaded to the winger, Morgan Murphy, who then drew and passed back to Claire who then ran another 40 metres to score next to the posts. The try was converted by Kailah Rogers and the final score was Cowgirls 16 – Crushers 12.
The game results could have been different if the game had played the full 60 minutes. Well done the Cowgirls who celebrate their first win for two years. Crushers will need to improve for the next hit-out against the Bears.
Cowboys men tackled Crushers in Blackwater and after two minutes Cowboys had knocked on from the kickoff and from the scrum the backline went into action and Marcus Walsh scored in the corner and the Crushers led 4-0.
Both sides had bad handling errors and were giving away possession but the Cowboys through Andrew Doyle chip kicked through and regathered to score a great try for the Cowboys and grab the lead 6-4.
Crushers then took control and Kelly Gage playing in the centres scored a great individual try through the Cowboys line. Dwayne Parsons was next for the Crushers scoring a try off a backline movement.
Cowboys Jesse Hall was playing A-Grade centre and is still playing Under 17’s for the Brothers Juniors. Jesse scored a try leading into half time for the Cowboys.
Crushers Ryan Palmer was making plenty of ground with every hit up.
Crushers went in at half time leading 16-10.
The man of the match Jed Brunner scored two great tries for the Crushers and they were two good tries. This helped the Crushers get extend the lead. Both tries were from back line movements which started from half-back Colby Napper and five-eight Shae Cox.
Big Brad Gorman and Casey Faine were taking the ball up for the Crushers and for the Cowboys Ryan Campbell and Phil Bullivant were doing it for the Cowboys. Both packs were matching it and you could see the experience Lawson Storey got from playing in the Capras U18's Mal Meninga competition, helping his team.
Kelly Gage scored another try off a back line. Andrew McGregor playing full back had a good game and scored a good try for the Crushers to finish off the points for the game. Cowboy’s fullback Lachlan Reid had a good game and also Aaron Price for the Crushers.
The final score was Crushers 32 - Cowboys 10.
This week the Cowboys host the Duroux Shield and it should be a great rivalry game for the two Emerald teams. Cowboys are the current holders of the trophy and the Tigers have the better form this year. The Tigers have good form in beating Bluff at Bluff.
There are games all day at McIndoe Park with Juniors starting at 10am.
The Ladies will play at 4pm followed by the Under 17’s at 5.30pm and then the big Men's game at 7pm.
The ladies game will be a good one as both sides are wanting another win and I believe the Cowgirls have unearthed a weapon of a player for their game. Tigers will have players out for representative footy as well.
In Dysart, the Bulls host the Springsure Mountain Men. Because the Mountain Men are coming off a big loss and the Bulls are coming off a big win, the Mountain Men better be prepared for this hard battle.
Maybe the loss to the Tigers has helped their season?
The Bulls have been getting a lot of support this year and I expect that support to be no different tomorrow night. This should be a great game to watch.
Only three games this weekend but all three games should be beauties! Get down to you local footy this weekend!