Storky's Footy Talk - Bye Weekend

GRAHAM "STORKY" CAMPBELL

The Cowboys were beaten by a classy Middlemount 54-4 on Saturday night in Round 12 of the Purcell's Engineering competition.

Middlemount’s Jason Randell opened the scoring up with the first try barging over line under the posts. Mitch Wyatte took over from Randell's start and the Cowboys couldn’t contain him. He regularly made breaks at will and he scored the second try after a 50 metre run.

The Cowboys' defence worked hard in Jesse Hall and Lawson Storey in the centres and regular Ben Kemp and Mick Battye in the forwards tackled the bigger forwards but the Panthers' lock Josh Rovelli and second rower Alex Sainsbury were outstanding for the Panthers.

These two were involved in everything on the day. Panthers centre Michael Morrissey was next to score after a backline movement out wide. Mitch Wyatte had his boot and eye in kicking them all.

Cowboys were trying to work the Panthers but ball security didn’t help their cause. Andrew Doyle chipped and chased the ball and regathered to sprint away and score for the Cowboys' lone try for the game.

Things did look promising for the Cowboys through Stuart Falconer and Jason Stanton doing a lot of hitups.

Birthday boy Cory Bulter came off the bench and gave some injection for the Cowboys to go forward but Middlemount front rowers, Joe Taotofi and Brendan Hoskin, kept the Panthers going forward and both scored a try each for the game.

Mikey Dyson was taking a lot of ball out back and returning the ball at speed. He made plenty of ground but couldn’t get the break he wanted.

The Panthers rattled in more tries to Alex Sainsbury, Lachlan Adams and another meatpie to Michael Morrissey.

Micth Wyatte converted six goals and Jack Lonergan converted one.

Middlemount have kept their run home intact and still remain in third spot. Can they make it into second spot?

Middlemount's best was Josh Rovelli, Alex Sainsbury and Mitch Wyatte.

For the Cowboys, it was Andrew Doyle, Mick Battye, Ben Kemp and Nathan Horn.

All the best with your run home Middlemount. Great to see the Panthers going strong and it's a great story with the determination after the shaky start prior to the season starting.

The Blackwater Crushers may have forgotten to pay the electricity bill after the lights went out on Saturday ngiht but even that didn't stop their recent winning form defeating the Mountain Men 24-10.

Both sides are fighting for a spot in the final series with Springsure better situated.

Crushers five-eight, young Dwayne Parsons is playing good footy to lead the team around.

Since their lost to the Cowboys in Emerald a few weeks ago, the team has been training and playing better with over 30 players coming to training. They need to win their remianing three games and may even need a bit of luck to make the final four.

Congratulations to the Dysart Bulls on defeating the Emerald Tigers last weekend in the annual Darryl Hicks Memorial Shield. The last time the Bulls won the shield was in 2011.

A quick fun fact - the last time the Dysart Bulls won both the Bob Baird and Darryl Hicks Memorial Shields was in 2011 and they also made the Grand Final that year...is it a sign of things to come??

It was a comfortable win for the Bluff Rabbitohs who managed to shake off the early scare at half time and defeat the young Clermont Bears 36-14.

This weekend the Crushers host the Emerald Tigers in a double header featuring both the Ladies and Men's teams. This game is catchup from Round 9.

Both Men's teams need to win for different reasons with the Tigers needing to consolidate top spot and Crushers to make the four. Crushers beat Dysart away from home in recent weeks and the Tigers lost to Dysart in Dysart last weekend. You've gotta love this competition. This is set to be a cracker with it meaning a lot to both teams. Kick off is from 7pm.

The Tiger Ladies have maintained second spot and have the chance to take top spot if they grab a win tomorrow and Clermont lose one of their next two games against either Blackwater or Dysart.

The Crushettes have maintained third spot and will keep that spot, even if they win their next two.

It should a good game for both teams. With Miranda Baker and Nadine Hattingh in form, I'm tipping Blackwater to get up.

I was also involved in the under 17’s game between Emerald Brothers and Clermont on Saturday morning.

It was a good game and both teams took turns at leading. Both team tried hard and the game finished a draw at 24-all. It was a good result for the game with both teams deserving to win.

I liked the game of Matt Read and Tom Colwell for Brothers and Clayton Dollard, Dylan Brandenburg and Will Mohr for the Bears.

Read and Colwell need to have their hands on the ball more often for Brothers to have a chance of winning.

Get out to your local junior fixtures this weekend. It's the last weekend before the start of the Junior Finals series. The first semi-final will be hosted in Dysart next weekend.

Enjoy your local footy this weekend!




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