In the replay of the 2012 grand final, South Kolan took on Miriam Vale at Shark Park with the result being reversed as the Sharks went down 58-14.
The Sharks went into the match with several players carrying injuries and numbers short on the bench. Early in the game the Sharks were in the match hanging on through some solid plays but come half time Miriam Vale were up 32-10 and the result was a given.
Miriam Vale ran in 11 tries with Daniel Lee, Glenn Cox and William Button scoring doubles with new recruit, centre Jason Batchelor, kicking seven from 11. Magpies lock William Button was the standout player of the game.
South Kolan brothers Aaron and Aden Law are improving in the halves role with good support from hooker Colin Moran. If South Kolan could sign some more players, increased numbers could be the answer to the club’s slow start to the season under new coach Dean Akers.
Middle of summer conditions came in March as Agnes Water took on Gin Gin in the first game kicking off at 1.30pm in very hot conditions which were much worse than the previous weekend.
Gin Gin took an early lead with Agnes Water warming up to close the gap at 16 all before the Hawks scored a superb try by Christopher Jensen from a cross-field kick by hooker Brent Kuskey.
Agnes fell for the same trick shortly after with Kuskey again kicking cross-field to a high flying Jensen who took the ball like a magnificent Aussie Rules mark to cross for his second try.
Front rower Mat Card toiled away all game as Gin had no reserves following past Hawks player Matt Boardman returning for his first game in three years only to be taken off early in the game with a fractured eye socket. Card won the NDRL Player of the Round displaying great form early on in the season. Gin Gin is now three from three under new coach Tracey Kuskey.
Last year’s halfback Jason Sykes has been moved to fullback under new coach Andrew Noy and broke Gin Gin’s line proving a danger to all teams. Second rower Aaryn Lowcock had a consistent game.
Agnes Water hosts next week’s fixtures and will take on South Kolan at the Marlins home ground.