IN SAFE HANDS CUP - ROUND 1 REVIEW

Northern Clubs Prevail Over the South

The three clubs north of the Brisbane River ran out comfortable winners over their southern competitors of the In Safe Hands Cup season opening round of the Brisbane A-Grade Rugby League.

Sunday afternoon the West Brisbane Panthers travelled to BMD Kougari Oval for their season opening encounter. The Wynnum/Manly Seagulls rolled out a Goliath like forward pack hoping to repel the Panthers of the North.

However the first try came the way of the more nimble of the thirteen in Seagulls winger Harlan Collins. A cross field kick had the Panthers backs jump too early leaving the football available in the in goal for the first touch down to Collins two and a half minutes into the game.

After ten minutes of big hits and handling errors the Panthers were on the scoreboard after Michael Molo engaged in a wrap around with hooker Mikaere Beattie. Molo bullocked his way through four of the Seagulls defence. Kyle Van Klaveren converted to square the ledger 6 all.

A minute into the second quarter and Panthers five eight Logan Spannder pounced on a Beattie in goal grubber under the posts for Wests second converted try. Half time 12-6 to the visitors.

Handling errors brought about by some thundering tackles were a blight on an otherwise enthralling first half. The second half had less fumbles but the carnage from the defence of both sides continued.

The Panthers off season recruitment included Redcliffe players, Sunny Monroe, Kyle Van Klaveren and Shaun Rees. All three combined on the left side from another former Dolphin in Zach Strasser to send Rees over. 16-6 to West Brisbane.

The Seagulls hit back after a pin point kick from halve Ben Jackson and a Seagull does what a Seagull does best, Jacob Tonge flew highest to regather and progress the final 11 metres to the try line. Wynnum/Manly were back in the contest behind 16-12.

A Wynnum/Manly error from the restart 20 metres out allowed Sunny Monroe to swoop on the lose carry and forward on to the support player in Strasser to increase the Panthers lead to 22-12. The full time score.

 Postgame West Brisbane Coach Wayne Weekes was fairly pleased with his charges.

“I thought we controlled the game for the majority of it. I’m pretty confident we can get a lot better than that. It’s a great group that worked hard to get there, and earnt their right to win it.”

Weekes was full of praise of hooker Mikaere Beatie and prop Hemi Mullen. “Beattie was sharp and got through a very good work rate defensively. Hemi has been working hard trying to make that cup side (Norths), he’s been in great form the past three games.”

On returning Panther Simona Vavega, who is looking a treat, Weekes spoke highly, “He did the job for us in the middle stages when we needed someone to stand up.”

In other games the Redcliffe Dolphins were too strong against Souths 44-10 at Davies Park on Sunday after Redcliffe lead 18-0 at the break. Highlight being the treble for Obed Kahwin.

The defending Premiers Valleys hosted the Tigers. Easts fullback Brett Kellyscored all of the Tigers points including four tries.

The Tigers led 20-16 with 13 minutes remaining, but the Diehards lifted on by their Old Boys day to take the two points. 34-20.

 

 

IN SAFE HANDS CUP - ROUND 1      

 

17-18 March 2018

 

Diehards 34 (Dalton Phillips 2, Tom Collins, Iain Riccardi, Jacob Kelly, Rowan Klein tries; Hayden Lipp 5 goals defeated Tigers 20 (Brett Kelly 4 tries, Brett Kelly 2 goals).

 

 

Dolphins 44 (Obed Kahwin 3, Trai Fuller 2, Jordan Pinnock, Sheldon Pitama, Curtis Johnston tries; Reece Braun 6 goals) defeated Magpies 10 (Benaiah Bowie, Joe Burchell tries, Joe Burchell a goal).

 

 

Panthers 22 (Shaun Rees, Logan Spaander, Zach Strasser, Michael Molo tries; Kyle Van Klaveren 2 goals, Kane Zalewski 1 goal) defeated Seagulls 12 (Jacob Tonge, Harlan Collins tries; Ben Jackson 2 goals).

 

POS

TEAM

P

W

L

D

FOR

AG

PD

PTS

1

DOLPHINS

1

1

0

0

44

10

34

3

2

DIEHARDS

1

1

0

0

34

20

14

3

3

PANTHERS

1

1

0

0

22

12

10

3

4

SEAGULLS

1

0

1

0

12

22

-10

1

5

TIGERS

1

0

1

0

20

34

-24

1

6

MAGPIES

1

0

1

0

10

44

-34

1

 

Next week’s games: Round Two 24-25 March 2018

Saturday 24 March 2018:  Tigers vs Panthers Suzuki Stadium 3.00pm

Sunday 25 March 2018: Magpies vs Diehards Davies Park 1.15pm

Sunday 25 March 2018: Seagulls vs Dolphins BMD Kougari Oval 4,45pm

 

Minute silence for the passing of Valleys Life Member Robert McLean before Valleys v Easts Emerson Park. 




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