Storky's Footy Talk - Round 14
GRAHAM "STORKY" CAMPBELL
I can use two words to sum up last Saturday’s game between the Cowboys and Dysart.
It was a big night for Dysart captain/coach Phil Derksen scoring four tries and kicking a perfect 11/11 conversions.
Dysart needed the win to help them make the final four and they started the night with a try after five minutes to Phil Derksen who ran and broke the line to score next to the posts.
Eddie Pearson was leading the charge up front for the Bulls and he was hard to handle.
Bulls hooker Clayton Kilpatrick was next over for a try, his first of three for the night.
Phil Derksen ran away with a 90 metre try to make the score 18-0.
Cowboys’ Mick Battye and Phil Bullivant were hitting it up and the Cowboys were still in the game.
Emerald’s Andrew Doyle came into the game mid-way through the first half making a line break to score. Moments after his first try, his regular set-play chip and chase saw him regather the ball to score his second in a matter of minutes.
Ben Kemp was doing a lot of tackling and hit-ups trying to keep the Cowboys in the game. Stuart Falconer he was involved in all the plays for the Cowboys but the Bulls were too strong with Dysart’s Todd Sherlock scoring his first try under the posts to give the Bulls a 24-12 lead.
Cowboys young gun, Chaise Tisdell, ran the ball through the Bulls defence and offloaded to another young gun in Jesse Hall at fullback to score a great try on half time.
The young fellas had played their Under 17’s fixture early in the day and then backed up to help their senior club. Well done to both Chaise and Jesse. The club thanks you.
Things were not looking good for the Cowboys at half time and the Bulls weren’t done.
Halves Kerrod Page and Josh Kilpatrick had a field day as the Bulls took over putting Eddie Pearson over the line for his first.
Chis Moir saved the nudie run for another year, diving over the line moments later.
The Bulls were just too good and are gearing up for the finals.
The man of the match had to be Phil Derksen scoring more than half of the Bulls points on the night.
The Cowboys’ best was Andrew Doyle with his individual work in the game.
The Cowboys have one game left and are looking at fielding a full squad this weekend against the Bluff Rabbitohs.
The Cowgirls produced their best game of the season yet to win against the Dysart Ladies at home and gives them a chance at making the finals.
The final score was 24-22 and both sides gave it all.
Claire Prior had a big game playing in the halves, running the ball and distributing to her outside backs.
Kailah Rogers playing fullback had a good game scoring two tries and instrumental in the go forward for the team.
Jayde Hall and Keely Wiseman in the centres ran the ball well and distributed to the outside support which included sister Britney Wiseman.
Faye Neville had her best game of the year and was voted player’s player leading the team up forward. She was also heavy in defence against the bigger opposition.
Dysart’s Cassidy Morrissey and Rebecca Watson hit the ball up hard trying to motivate their team.
Halfback Donna Kilpatrick was spreading the ball around, particularly sending it to five-eight, sister and captain Sarah Hicks.
Centre Melissa Micallef scored two tries and looked like she was going to lead the team to victory but the Cowgirls came back with help from Meagan Latham and Emma Holzwart who worked around the ruck area. Denise Chaplin has had a good season this year and contributed by scoring a try for the Cowgirls.
Tayla Bean was good in defence and ran the ball around the ruck area.
Shae Boag and Morgan Harvey were hurt and that may affect their chances to play any more games for the year.
It was a good win by the Cowgirls and the win was certainly a team effort.
Dysart now play Clermont and if they win they will retain fourth spot otherwise the Cowgirls will make the finals, something they haven’t been able to do yet in their short history.
Well done and all the best to both teams.
In other matches around the Highlands, the Clermont Ladies have all but secured the minor premiership after a 28-10 win over the Blackwater Crushettes away from home.
Trailing 10-0 early in the match, Clermont's Carly Bell and Elle Waters took control and scored 28 unanswered points on the Crushettes to steal the two points.
The Crushers Men's side got back in the winner's circle with a 36-14 win over the struggling Clermont Bears.
The Bears fought hard with only fourteen men with a great display of courage and determination from captain/coach Blake Waters in the halves.
The Bears have done well this season despite the many challenges that they've faced. It's a credit to all of the players and the club that each week they've been able to field a team and every week the boys give 110% into the game. Well done Bears on pushing though the challenges of 2016 to ensure the historic Bears play on.
Obviously Kelly Gage was just playing games with the Clermont defence scoring five tries in the match. Rhys Giles was also strong again in attack and defence, backing up his good performance the week before against Tigers.
It was a tough night at the office for the Tigers who were beaten 38-18 by a fierce and firing Middlemount side.
It was a very scrappy game early on in the piece with a lot of dropped ball by both teams but once the Middlemount backline settled, Mitch Wyatte had a field day on the right hand side of the field.
Bluff continue to surprise me week-in, week-out with yet another gutsy 42-26 win over Springsure. They have been the surprise packet this year with many expecting them to drop in form considering the turnover in players...they've proved all of the doubters wrong.
This weekend in the Highlands, Blackwater will host the Junior Preliminary Finals and Under 6 – Under 9 Cluster Carnival. Good luck to all involved tomorrow.
The Clermont Bears host the Dysart Ladies and Men’s team and I feel the Bulls have more to gain by winning.
I’m tipping a Bulls victory in the Men’s game. I’m also expecting Phil Derksen to have a blinder tomorrow night ahead of a finals berth for them after their re-entry into the competition in 2015.
I’m tipping the Clermont Ladies to beat the Dysart Ladies in a close one and the Bears Ladies will be minor premiers.
Springsure will do it tough against the Tigers but I expect the Tigers to wrap up the minor premiership for the Men’s competition with a victory in the Paul Taylor memorial match.
The Emerald Cowboys host the Bluff Rabbitohs and it will be a game that the Rabbits need to win to finish second; or first depending on results. Don’t underestimate the Cowboys.
Middlemount travel to Blackwater to finish off the round and Middlemount still have a chance of ending the year in second spot if they win and Bluff lose. I feel that they want that position and will win but Crushers will be hard to beat.
Enjoy your local footy this weekend!