Blackwater showcases thriller for final round

GRAHAM 'STORKY' CAMPBELL

What a weekend of footy to finish off the home and away season!

In the Women’s game in Blackwater between the Crushettes and Clermont, the result went down to the wire with the Bears leading 24-22 before a penalty was awarded to the home side near the posts in the dying minutes.

The Crushettes converted to draw the game at 24-24.

It was a fitting end to such a good game.

The Bears attack revolved around Tegan Rolfe who constantly had runners in Kailah Rogers, Melissa Micallef and Carly Bell.

With Rogers at left centre, their main attack was down that side and when she found the gap, she was away, scoring two tries for the game.

Tegan Rolfe ran 70 metres for her try next to the posts and in that, threw a dummy and stepped to score, which was a nice reward for her work.

The Crushettes’ defence did tighten up to stop her attacking raids as the game went on and due to that, Rolfe was on the receiving end of two solid hits.

The Crushettes shared a lot of ball with Miranda Baker instrumental from dummy half, making many runs and inroads into the Bears defence, to score two tries in the match to remain CH’s leading try scorer.

Megan Smith and Sam Evans had good games for the Crushettes off the bench with their ruck running and tackling.

Michelle Cummings showed her worth with good defence in the centres and Megan Latchford was dangerous as the ball came out the back line, passing and or running the ball to make many metres.

Shanae Mundt scored a good try on the wing for the Crushettes.

Work horse Mariah Storch never stopped in her game, always around the ball and making vital tackles to stop the Bears attack.

Tasma Vesey never stopped running the ball back from fullback.

Elle Waters again proved how valuable she is when she scored on the edge of the backline on one side of the field and then again on the other side of the field in a matter of minutes.

Her strong running game will be a threat to any team.

Kailah Rogers should get the sportsmanship award for getting up off the ground with 30 seconds left on the clock, giving the Crushettes a chance to level up or score more points.

Could the Crushettes in third place be a threat to the top two sides?

The Crushers Men’s side came back from being behind 14-0 at halftime to only lose 24-18, making inroads into Clermont in the dying minutes.

Alfie Shannon and Liam Chapple led the way up front and player/coach Blake Waters and Peter Hall had a good game at second row with Luke Jackson good at distributing the ball in the halves.

Crushers’ Shae Cox had a good game with two good tries and three conversions and Jed Brunner scored one barging try.

Blackwater had a good finish to the year, fighting all the way to the end.

Adam Stewart had his normal game at five-eighth, always trying to excite his team.

The Bears ended up minor premiers for the year after the win.

Well done to the Bears for winning both minor premierships with the Bears Ladies narrowly winning the Women’s minor premiership.

Bluff travelled to Emerald to play on Sunday with the Tigers needing to win by 22 points to finish in fourth spot.

Both teams started with their forwards going forward and both teams through Peter McLaughlin and Jason King were kicking downtown to gain ground due to the hot conditions.

It took 20 minutes before the Tigers kicked into gear with Tremayne Pita-Robinson barging over for a try under the posts.

The next try was through Ryley Parter from a good dummy-half run and two minutes later, Reece Kennaugh intercepted a Bluff pass and then offloaded to Jason King for him to score, giving the Tigers an early 18-0 lead.

Bluff must have been asleep and in the 35th minute, Blake Vesey dived over for a try to get the Rabbitohs back in the game.

Just before halftime, the Rabbits were in again with Jade Wogand offloading to Jack Laxton to reduce the score to 18-10 in favour of the Tigers at halftime.

Billy Byrne and Chris Conway were leading the charge for the Rabbits whereas Wade Campbell and Josh Cavanagh were leading the Tigers in good attacking raids.

Back from injury, Isaiah Huet was having a good game at fullback.

After halftime, the heat wasn’t any better and both sides were keen to win but Bluff through Jade Wogand took control and scored five tries to put the game beyond doubt at 36-18.

The Tigers came back with two consolation tries but it wasn’t enough with Bluff winning 42-26.

The Tigers missed out on the finals series and Bluff remain in fourth spot.

In the other Sunday game, Middlemount were too good for Springsure, clinching second spot, 40-30. 

In the other Saturday night matches, it was a great finish for both Dysart teams with the Men’s team defeating the Emerald Cowboys 68-26 and the Dysart Ladies defeating the Cowgirls 22-10.

This week in week one of the finals in Clermont, the Bears play Tigers in the Women’s and Middlemount in the Men’s.

I feel the Bears will get home in the Women’s but I think there will be an upset in the Men’s with Middlemount to win.

On Saturday night, the Mountain Men should beat Bluff in a torrid affair in Springsure.

The Crushettes should be too strong for the Cowgirls in the earlier match at 5.30pm.

Be sure to get down to your local footy this weekend!

*Thanks to Damian Freiberg for the image.




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