Friday night footy a winner in Blackwater

GRAHAM 'STORKY' CAMPBELL

Friday night footy was a hit in Blackwater with plenty of people there to watch the Crushers’ first home game for the year.

The games were against the Emerald Tigers in both the Men’s and Women’s competitions.

The women’s game started with Tigers front rowers Stacey Kirkman and Nioaka Ross leading the charge up the middle.

Kirkman manages to make plenty of ground when she runs.

Crushers’ Lauren Pingel, who is improving every week, and Amber Row Row made the ground for the Crushers.

Early game nerves must have been with both teams as they both made fundamental ball errors causing momentum to continually switch between teams but Emerald Star Hotel player of the match, Miranda Bartley must have had nerves of steel and did plenty of hitups, earning an early try after gathering up a loose ball to score.

The game was locked at 4-0 for ages and Bonnie Walsh for the Tigers kept running and moving her team around.

Megan Latchford and Miranda Baker kept the team going forward and Mariah Storch was everywhere, particularly when needing a ruck to go forward, she was there.

Tasma Vesey was involved in many returns from fullback and has good pace to make ground.

After 25 minutes, Crushers’ Olivia Hamilton ran onto an inside pass and scooted across in front of the posts to score.

It was converted by Mariah Storch to give the home side a 6-4 lead.

It was a good game and after 34 minutes Anika Cave picked up a loose ball to score for the Tigers and the Tigers lead 8-6 at halftime.

The second half started and Cooper Hill was doing good work for the Tigers.

Unfortunately, an injury occurred moments later and with the long stoppage in play, the game was called off.

Great professionalism was shown by the staff of both sides during the injury and it’s great to see that even though each team are enemies on the field, when someone goes down, everyone is there to help out.

The Men’s game was full of action from the start and both sides needed their first win for the year.

Gavin Duffy in the first half was directing traffic and keeping the team going forward

Crushers’ Brad Gorman and Ryan Palmer never stopped taking the ball to the line.

The Tigers’ big men in Dywayne Rigby and Joe Tiare hit the ball up.

The Tigers were first to score after 11 minutes with fullback Isaiah Huet running down the sideline to register his first try.

Then after 15 minutes, he was down the line again to score his second try.

This was converted by Joe Taylor to give the Tigers a 10-0 lead.

Crushers’ Aaron Price playing lock came to the mix after 19 minutes and scored from dummy half to cap off his good work.

The Tigers were straight back into the game with Tigers debutant Tremayne Pita-Robinson hitting the ball up, showing determination to run over the Crushers to score in his debut touch of the footy, extending the lead to 14-6.

Colby Napper was having a good game and received the ball from Shae Cox to score for the Crushers.

Emerald Star Hotel player of the match Adam Stewart, who was doing a lot more running, stepped his way through the Tigers to score just before halftime to give the home side an 18-14 lead with Shae Cox converting all three tries.

The Crushers went at it again after half time with their combinations and go forward working.

Dean Blackman was making his mark for the Crushers after starting on the bench.

The second half started with a try to Rhys Giles who hit and spun near the line to dive over extending the lead to 24-14.

The game went back and forth and the Crushers’ defence was tightened with the inclusion of Kevin Bartley. He made an impact on the Tigers.

Nathan Parson was making ground with his game for the Tigers, as was captain Kyle Mattingley who was having a tireless game.

24 minutes into the second stanza, Adam Stewart scored after a surging run for the Crushers, finishing off good work but the Tigers weren’t about to give up as Sebastian Stegler regathered a kick through and scored giving the Tigers hope.

Brad Gorman finished off a good game and scored a try rucking up from the ruck area.

Shae Cox never missed a conversation all night and helped his team to a win 36-18.

Both team were very competitive on the night but Blackwater were too big, too strong in the middle.

SPRINGSURE MOUNTAINS OVER THE RABBITOHS

It was a great night of footy in Springsure on Saturday with the Bluff Rabbitohs trying to win against the Springsure Mountain Men.

The weather was cool as usual and may have helped the Springsure team.

The match started with Bluff having the majority of the ball due to Springsure’s errors and penalties.

The Mountain Men maintained their good defence through the Travers boys; Andrew, Matt and Ash which helped keep the Rabbits in check.

The halves pairing of Jared Owens and Ray Ebsworth kept the Bluff defenders moving around.

Front rower Matt Martell had a good game up front taking the ball to the Bluff line.

Hooker Sam Cronk scored three tries for the game and had a great game at dummy-half, sensing when to run and score. It’s great to see that ability from such a young player

Bluff’s Chris Conway was always there in defence and attack and Bluff never stopped trying.

They had all the ball in the first half but were having trouble crossing the line.

Ryan O’Donoghue and Keagan Freeman each scored tries before Freeman was injured and had to leave the field.

The Byrne brothers; Billy and Ben, never stopped trying in taking the ball to the opposition.

Eventually, the Mountain Men wore down the Bluff defensive line and scored more points.

To aid the home side, they also had more ball in the second half to run out winners 30-12.

Charlie Maine scored two good tries down the sideline and showed his strength and ability to push the defenders away.

Chris McKay had his usual strong game and was pushed out to the centres to cover the marauding centre Charlie Mayne but the damage was already done.

Sam Fairweather scored a try down the sideline to advance the score line.

Tom Hewitt at fullback was always there to take the next ruck to keep the team going forward and his experience is invaluable to the team.

Springsure will be a force to be reckoned with in the competition this year.

The Bluff boys never stopped trying all game and are always hard to beat.

It was good to see the players and supporters in the club house after the game doing the awards with Springsure’s Sam Cronk winning the player of the match.

The good Springsure crowd was down on the sideline cheering for their team and I wish them all the best this season. Expect a big year from the Mountain Men!




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