Springsure defeat Dysart and take top spot

GRAHAM 'STORKY' CAMPBELL

On the weekend, the Springsure Mountain Men travelled to Dysart to play the Bulls.

Springsure started out the gates with Matt Martell and Matt Travers leading the charge up front and took it to the Bulls all game.

They got the team going forward and five-eight Jared Owens was distributing the ball to his outside runners.

After five minutes, Springsure lock Ash Travers took the ball up from the ruck and worked his way over the line to start the affair.

Then after sixteen minutes, Jared Owens made a break, running 30 metres, and offloaded to Matt Martell who scored his try of the match.

The Bulls were throwing the ball around but were making silly handling errors.

Eddie Pearson was all over the paddock trying to get the Dysart team going forward.

The Mountain Men fullback and Emerald Star Hotel player of the match Ray Ebsworth then ran 30 metres through a hole and passed to Tom Kelbassa to score.

Tom was in again after an individual try near the corner posts but the Bulls combination through halves Kerrod Page and Brendon Ingrey was working the team and prop Dustin Lawson gave the home side an edge scoring a try after a barging run.

Just before halftime, Ray Ebsworth ran up the middle of the paddock to score under the posts to make it 26-6 at the break.

The Kelbassa brothers, Tom and Kevin were playing a good game out wide.

Sadly, the Bulls’ combinations weren’t there through the game.

Reserve forward Brad Scholfield was hitting the ball up and making plenty of tackles in his first game back and President of the Bulls, Shaun Macklin was going forward for his team but the Mountain Men couldn’t be contained as Ray Ebsworth scored again from a scrum, running 40 metres.

Jared Owens weaved through the defenders to sprint 60 metres for his try.

Henry Watkins made his return to the playing fields for Springsure running onto a pass from Jared Owens and scoring a try.

To finish the game, Ray Ebsworth was passed a good ball from Jared Owens again and scored.

The final score was 50-6 to the visitors.

It was a good game by the Mountain Men and should make the finals this year. This win has earnt them top spot on the Purcell's Engineering ladder.

Their structure is there with the forwards providing plenty of go forward and the backs that can weave magic.

In the Women’s match played earlier, the Emerald Tigers were too good for the Bulls winning 80-6.

The Tigers hadn’t played a full game due to injuries and enjoyed the time on the paddock.

Emerald Star Hotel player of the match, Tigers’ Stacey Kirkman had a good game leading the charge to the Bulls. She kept the team going forward.

After one minute through a backline move, Tamyra Hunter scored a try and she backed that up with a 50 metre try two minutes later.

Kirkman then barged over for her try.

Dummy-half Kiri Samson then scooted away for a 45 metre try.

The Bulls through Kasey Scott and Cassidy Morrissey kept their team going forward.

The Bulls didn’t have many opportunities due to their mistake rake but they kept trying all game and Donna Kilpatrick tried everything for the team including regathering a chip kick to diver over the line for her team’s solo try.

Tigers then hit their straps with halfback Maddie Edmonds having a good game distributing and running the ball.

She converted nine tries for the game.

Tries were scored by Kelsie Parter, Ngaire Linde and Maddie Edsmond before halftime to make the score 38-6.

The Tigers didn’t let up in the second half and tries were scored by Arnika Caves who bagged 2, Kelsie Parter scoring another three and individual tries by Maria Rawiri and Charleigh Robinson.

Casey Watkins converted two and Maria Rawiri converted the one.

Te Tarei and Niaoka Ross had a good game leading the way in the forward pack.

For the Bulls, Peta Oriam and Sasha Davis tried hard.

The Tiger Ladies have a good team and should do well in their premiership defence.

Credit to the Bulls for never giving up. They tried their hardest all game with their new team.




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