Storky's Footy Talk - Round 12

GRAHAM "STORKY" CAMPBELL

Pouring down rain, wet weather footy...what a weekend for some good footy to be played!

It wasn’t a good day for the Cowboys and Cowgirls as both teams lost to the Emerald Tigers on Saturday night.

The Men’s game started first and the game shifted with both sides trying to gain control. Ryan Campbell, Zac Seden and Mick Battye were hitting in up for the Cowboys. For the Tigers, Darcy Darby and Mei Parata were barging up the middle. It was pouring down, and the ball was soaking wet which led to both sides having loose carries.

After ten minutes of play, the Tigers scored first through hooker Ryley Parter barging over for a try.

Ray Ebsworth was next to score ten minutes later, scoring a try off a back line movement out wide.

Cowboys halves, Riki Mathewson and Sam Clayton, were trying many attacking raids around the ruck but it wasn’t working.

Tigers Centre McIver Watene attacked the middle of the ruck midway through the first half and went over for the Tigers to lead 16-0.

On the stroke of half-time, Cowboys' Andrew Doyle chipped over the top, regathered and worked the Tigers' fullback over to score a 55 metre try for the Cowboys.

At half time, Tigers led 16-6.

After a chat from coach Brendan Rouse at half-time, the start of the second half saw the Cowboys put up a bomb up, with the Tigers' fullback dropping the ball and Tommy McKellar regathered the ball and dived over for a try.

It was looking good for the Cowboys but the Tigers had other plans and from a try line drop out, Tigers' Juston Cavanagh joined in a set back line to score in the corner.  Ray Ebsworth then scored another try from a back line which started from Tigers' halfback, Darcy Hardess.

The Tigers were similar against Bluff coming home in the second half to finish off the Cowboys with second-rower Kyle Mattingley finishing off out wide scoring a try.

Kerryn Brice showed glimpses of his good form when he came on the paddock from off the bench. Ray Ebsworth converted three conversions for the Tigers to win 30-12.

Leith Paton was the Tigers' man of the match and Lawson Storey again was Cowboys main man for the day.

The Tigers have plenty of players and keep changing their team around week-in, week-out. Hopefully they will settle on their form team before the finals series.

The Ladies played in the "main" timeslot of 7pm for the first time in the second annual Polly Pratt shield.

The Cowgirls played against a more committed team in the Emerald Tiger Ladies and both teams relished in the wet conditions.

It was a first for a lot of them and once on the field, they gave their all trying to win to hold up the Polly Pratt shield.

Karen "Polly" Pratt was a much loved lady who worked tirelessly for both clubs for years before tragically passing away in 2014 to cancer.

Kelsie Parter had a great game scoring three tries, bursingt through the Cowboys defence on more than one accassion to score her tries. She chimed in on many back line movements and in one scoring play, she ran the length of the field to score.

Tayla Bean was Cowgirls' best on the paddock and she never stopped tackling and running the ball, but the Tigers' forward pack kept taking their team forward, giving the backs more room.

The threesome in Nioaka Ross, Hannah Battes-Ormond and Miesha Huet kept taking the ball up and making ground with every run. Hooker Rebecca Statham was good around the rucks at dummy half and Kristy Serotzki was involved in many ball running moves.

Tries also went to Raven Albert, Tamyra Hunter (two tries) and Bonnie Walsh.

The Cowgirls did not registered a try but they tried all game and kept going. Keely Wiseman made a good break up field which saw her make plenty of ground and after many games, she is improving. Morgan Murphy kept running the ball and she helped the team in their go-forward. Kasey Pyle was always busy at dummy half and Gabby Leonard playing on the wing needs to move to the action as her game is more for going forward and making the ground.

The Tigers finished the night defeating the Cowgirls 38-0. Tigers showed some good defence with the Cowgirls not registering a point for the entire game.

It was a experience for both teams in the wet and they were still diving in the mud after the game. Well done to both teams on the night congratulations to the Tigers Ladies who retain the Polly Pratt Shield.

Last weekend was a wet weekend for all and the Springsure verses Clermont game played on Friday night was a wet one with the continuing rain. It sounds like the Springsure boys had a good couple of days in Clermont after being stuck in Clermont for the weekend with the weather and bus problems.

Well done to the Springsure and Clermont teams for playing over the weekend.

Good on Springsure for their win as they look more and more likely to enter into finals contention, something they haven't been able to do for a very long time.

When I get it wrong, I am more than happy to put my hand up and I tipped the Dysart verses Blackwater game wrong. Crushers lifted to win a game away from home...good on them!

This week Blackwater host the Springsure Mountain Men and this will be an entertaining game as both sides want the win to progress up the ladder. The game is at Blackwater and Chris Johnson is back playing for the Crushers, which is good to see.

Crushers will be hard to beat but if the Mountain men are on a roll they will win this weekend to continue their good start to the year to make the finals. They are equal second and you have to come 1st or 2nd to host a final.

Emerald Cowboys host the Middlemount Panthers and the Cowboys are coming off a loss and are looking forward to keeping the finals contenders honest for the rest of the season. The Panthers need the win to maintain their spot on the ladder.

There is some late mail that former Cowboy Nathan Horn could be strapping the boots back on and be a starter for the home side this weekend.

The Tigers travel to Dysart in two grades for the Darryl Hicks shield and the Tigers Men are in front by four points and need a win to hold up the Minor Premiership trophy.

There isn’t any reward for the trophy except the trophy itself and bragging rights, but it also gives you the right to host the major semi-final on Saturday 20th August.

They are travelling along and have plenty of players available to play. The Bulls need a win to keep their momentum for the final four.  They are fifth and cannot afford a loss. No doubt they are ready to come back after their loss last weekend.

The Tigers Ladies are looking to take to[ spot on the ladder and are needing to win every game on the run home to have a chance.

The Dysart Ladies need a win to keep fourth spot for the finals but I am predicting two wins on the day for the Tigers.

The Rabbitiohs travel to Clermont on the weekend and they do not travel as well as they play at home. They lost to the Bears in round one in Bluff, but the Rabbitiohs, who have been hit and miss this year, will not lose this game. They are equal 2nd and need to win.

The Bears have the home game and want to impress their supporters and sponsors to win.

Congratulations to local referee David (Huck) Thornberry on being selected to travel to Townsville to referee the Northern United vs Queensland Outback game in Townsville.

Well done Huck and congratulations to the Central Highlands Referee's Association for promoting our referees. Keep up the good work!

In other news, Bruce Ryan did a lot of travelling last weekend doing the Clermont game on the Friday night and then backing up for the Dysart game on Saturday. Well done Bruce!

Apparently it was quite a trip for Bruce, CH President Frank Lambley and QRL CH Operations Manager Cameron Stallard last Friday night as they did a tour of the Highlands via Moranbah, Dysart, Tieri and Capella to get home.

We've got another great weekend of footy ahead and this weekend will be a little bit drier than last week so make sure you get down to your local footy this weekend!

**Thanks to Melissa Macklin Photography for the photo!




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