It was a ferocious start to the opening round of the senior TDRL 2014 season at Neil Stewart Park on Saturday night.

The match of the round saw last year’s perennial battlers the Centrals Tigers defeating the Norths Devils.

Both teams have new coaches for the season, however it was the Tigers who ran over the top of the Devils on their way to a 26-6 win.

The Devils squad included former Cowboys Under 20s players Mitch Grimes, Brady Williams and Damon Tauroa-Rauhihi.

Centrals coach Dick Walsh said "it was an ugly win", but was pleased with how the players have gelled over the pre-season.

In other round 1 matches Charters Towers defeated Burdekin 35-22, while last year’s premiers Herbert River defeated Brothers 32-14 in a tough and often spiteful affair.

A GRADE

CENTRALS 26 (Tries: Troye Morgan 1, Chippie Korostchuck 1, Caleb Foster 1, Tiaby Doolah 1, Justin Greenaway 1, Goals: Kaydon Philips 3) def NORTHS 6 (Tries: Luke Zarate 1, Goals: Mat Bonnano 1)

HERBERT RIVER 32 (Tries: Matt Harvey 2, Scott Gibson 1, Mitchell Seri 1, Colin Wilkie 1, Andrew Quabba 1, Goals: Mitchell Seri 4) def BROTHERS 14 (Tries: Michael Parker-Walsh 1, Calvin Waia 2, Goals: Tennyson Elliott 1)

CHARTERS TOWERS 35 (Tries: Jack Shun 1, Joel Knuth 1 Darren Barrett 1, Adam Shaw 2, Jason Foggarty 1, Goals: Adam Shaw 5, Field Goal: Mitchell Burton def BURDEKIN 22 (Tries: Kurt Perry 2, Josh Zollner 1, Alex Lennox 1, Chris Reid 3)

RESERVE GRADE

NORTHS 34 (Tries: Brian Messa 1, Jai Anderson 1, Hayden Lavarack 2, Berrin Charles 1, Farren Steen 2, Goals: Berrin Charles 3) def CENTRALS 6 (Tries: Donald Mosby 1, Goals: Evan Fisher 1)

HERBERT RIVER 18 (Tries: Josh Larosa 1, Luke Larosa 1, Shaun Mothe 1, Goals: Mitchel Whittington 3) drew BROTHERS 18 (Tries: Aiden Ketchup 1, Luke Lanicni 1, Les Wragge 1, Goals: Aiden Ketchup 3)

CHARTERS TOWERS 44 (Tries: Reid Thornton 1, Tomas Meehan 1, Jordan Baker 3, Kevin McLean 1, Jacob Stainkey 1, Clinton Freebody 1, Goals: Thomas Meehan 5, Kevin McLean 1) def BURDEKIN 30 (Tries: Zac Heron 1, Kadik Ghee 2, Daniel Johnson 1, Liam McIntyre 1, Goals: Daniel Johnson 5)

UNDER 18

CENTRALS 30 (Tries: George Moananu 1, Tommy Taia 1, Jason Cheeseman 1, Shawn Bowen 1, Hammond Erepan 1, Dalton Mathieson 1, Goals: Tommy Taia 1, Shawn Bowen 1, Hammond Erepan 1) DEF NORTHS 10 (Tries: Nat Luby 1, Ivan Lynch 1, Goals: David Nogar 1)

HERBERT RIVER 36 (Tries: Kyle Inserra 2, Nyle Bowen 2, Karl Spano 1, Myles Romanella 2, Goals: Dylan Gaggiano 4) def BROTHERS 22 (Tries: Kody Corrigan 1, Tre Jamal Conlan 1, Failonga Tepulolo 1, Hayden Tighe 1, Goals: Cameron Griffths 1, Zac Parker 2)

CHARTERS TOWERS 48 (Tries: Loky Payne 1, Cody Jones 1, Connor Moxham 1, Dylan Hastie 2, Brad Alloway 1, Dane Knuth 1, Hayden O’Neil 1, Wade Thompson 1, Goals: Connor Moxham 6) def BURDEKIN 16 (Tries: Mark Barbagello 1, Keran Knoz 1, Blake Hollywood 1, Goals: Nathan Swindely 1, Nathan Power 1)