Storky's Footy Talk - Round 8
GRAHAM "STORKY" CAMPBELL
The Dysart Ladies were too good in the end for the Cowgirls in a thrilling game.
The girls up front in Rhiannon Rowe, Juanita McDonald and Rebecca Watson hit it up for the Bulls making plenty of ground and Cowgirls tackling machine playing hooker Meagan Latham was trying her best to stop them.
Cowgirls Gabby Leonard and Jayde Hall were making ground for the Cowgirls and doing it hard against their good defence.
But after 10 minutes Donna Kilpatrick for the Bulls managed to scoot over for the Bulls first try out wide to lead 4-0.
Then five minutes ladder through a Cowgirls mistake centre Melissa Micallef scored near the posts for Emma Condon to covert.
Cowgirl's Front rower Denise Chaplin running out wide then scored a try and converted for the cowgirls to give them some hope.
Just on half time Donna Kilpatrick playing a great game registered her second try and Dysart went in at the break leading 10-4. Cowgirls need to come firing to have some chance of winning.
Emma Holzwart coming in from fullback was trying to organise the team with runners like Claire Prior and Shae Boag. The game was back and forwards as neither side could score and the Keely Wiseman scored for the Cowgirls to bring the score closer.
The Bulls had centre Rebecca Whitworth playing a good game and was involved in everything.
Centre Melissa Micallef played a strong running game and she was hard to hold out often offloading to a support player. But this occasion she crossed the line again in the 36 minute and fullback Marial Creevey crossed on fulltime to finish the score at 24-10.
Juanita McDonald was Dysart's best and Cowgirls best was Denise Chaplin.
The Cowboys started with a bang with Tommy McKennar chip kicking through and Jack Edwards on the wing caught the ball and scored a great try and converted by Kieren Pratt.
It was the start the Cowboys needed. Cowboys front rowers in Ryan Campbell and Corey Bauman took the ball to the line making plenty of ground.
Once close to the line Lachlan Reid scooted from dummy half and Cowboys then lead 10-0. Could the Bulls come back and Cowboys kept at them all half and with a new back line Cory Butler made plenty of ground from good passes from the Cowboys new recruit Junior.
Zac Seden was making plenty of ground when on the paddock. Dysart's Dustin Lawson and Brent Lindley were carting it up the middle.
Morgan Collins for the Bulls was given a great pass from five eight Kerrod Page and he ran through a hole and ran 65 metres for the Bulls to start their score.
Half Time score was Cowboys leading 10-4.
In the second half the Bulls had the majority of the ball and used it well to take control. There once again poor handling from the Cowboys.
Captain Phil Derksen kept injecting himself and as taking it forward for the bulls and he scored the next try.
Winger Delroy Matthews then scooted from dummy half after a Cowboys mistake from a kick.
And James Sherlock ran through the defence to register his try for the game.
Cowboys could see some light and Junior scored a great try from back line movement. Lochlan Reid scored his second try out wide and from good individual work and Ryan Campbell converted.
But Clayton Kilpatrick killed if for the Cowboys with a try from dummy half. We then had a couple of good tries from Kerrod Page and Davin Turner.
The final score was 28-20 to the Bulls
Best player for the Bulls was Clayton Kilpatrick and Tommy McKennar for the Cowboys.
The Bulls have had a good run at home and we will see what they can do away at Middlemount this weekend.
The Cowboys travel to Springsure.
It was also great to see Blackwater son PJ Marsh pulling on the boots for Rocky Brothers on the weekend in reserve grade.
This weekend games start with the Cowboys travelling to Springsure on cold Saturday night. The Mountain Men had a good game against the Rabbits and there was whisper of a couple of blues amongst the teams. They both could be a bit light on this weekend. Both these sides need to win to keep on track for the finals.
It could be a battle of the five eights with Springsure’s Jared Owens and Cowboys Andrew Doyle. Both can change the game and it be worth the price of admission. Cowboys went close last weekeand they are improving slowly as the year goes on.
Blackwater travel to Bluff this weekend and it is always a great battle as there is something about close towns. Bluff have the runs on the board and Crushers beat Clermont in Clermont and that would be a first for a few years. Have Crushers improved enough to beat the Rabbits? It's worth the trip and both sides will be playing for the Kelly O'Brien Memorial Shield.
Dysart have had a big year at home and they have to travel away to Middlemount who have a good team but have had mixed results. Dysart’s Phil Derksen and hooker Clayton Kilpatrick are playing the house down at the moment, so is Middlemount’s Mitch Wyatte and Joel Duffy.
Which team members can support them to win the game?
This game is on Spreaker and everyone should listen in if they can’t make it to Middlemount.
Clermont travel to Emerald this weekend to play the top of the table Tigers and are coming off a loss and looking to stay in the finals race. Tigers are on a roll of late, have the form and are at home.
I think the Tigers will be hard to beat with captain Ray Ebsworth in good form and Big Dywayne Rigby up front doing the hard yards.
The Clermont Ladies will play the Tigers in a great lead up game and the Bears would be favourite to win. Both sides have come off victories and both have their rep players back, if fit.
The Bears Ladies are organised around Tegan Rolfe and also with Elle Waters carting the ball up. If Tigers can contain these two they will have a good chance of winning.
Tigers have their own good players in captain Maria Rawiri and Kiri Samson. Kiri has a great running game from dummy half.
Miranda Bartley is back playing and could be an asset in the middle of the ruck with Miesha Huet.
This should be a good game to watch.
Congratulations to Clermont's Tegan Rolfe for her selection in the Queensland Women's Team. She will lineup with the Maroons on Saturday July 23 at the Gold Coast against NSW.
It's getting to the the crunch time of the season and this weekend is set to be another great weekend of footy.
Make sure you get down to your local game!