In steamy hot conditions, Avondale took on Miriam Vale in the first match at Agnes Water.
The Tigers competed with several players carrying injury with only one reserve which hampered the forwards who had to do long spells in the hot conditions.
Magpies got off to a quick start with lock Will Button scoring early and the score quickly ran away to be 18-6 but the Tigers didn’t lie down and went to the break down by 10 with the score at 22-12.
The Pies had the momentum going into half time but after the break both teams were on equal terms with Avondale’s never say die attitude seeing them come within four points of the Pies.
Tigers centre Corey Chapman barged through some Magpie defence to get a quick pass away to Saunders who found Filo outside him with room to move scoring under the post and Filo converted his own try.
Late in the second half Jake Gower kicked a high ball over the defence and a Tigers player let the ball bounce only to have a flying Miriam Vale lad swoop in and score in the corner.
This finished off the depleted Tigers with the final score 38-28 to Miriam Vale. Will Button scored a hat-trick of tries with Avondale hooker Clayton Saunders bagging a double for his side.
The Pies secured the win but still have work to do with new players settling into the club.
In the main games, Agnes Water took on South Kolan with the Sharks having good numbers this week after signing several new players during the week. Aaryn Lowcock opened the scoring for the Marlins starting a procession of tries for the home side against a team full of new faces and combinations.
Colin Moran played out of his usual hooker position going into the halves for Kolan. The Sharks scored early in the game with Isaiah Gala scoring out wide making it a challenge for his goal kicker who was unsuccessful from the sideline.
Kolan only crossed once more to go down 68-8 against a powerful Marlins side. Fullback Jason Sykes is in really hot form early in the season, along with Lowcock and Nicholas Carey with the three players being rewarded with rep selection.
Lowcock finished a great game with another try and the conversation. Marlins were without key player maker Tim McIntosh but the Marlins had plenty of talent that stood up and shone in their victory.
NDRL Rep side was announced today: N.Carey, A.Lowcock, R. McIntosh, T. McIntosh, D. Stitt, Jason Sykes, C.Chapman, A. Filo, N. Leather, M. Ross, C. Saunders, D. Steemson, T. Blair, M Card, J.Jenkins, Brent Kuskey, A. Causton, G.Cox, D. Lee.
NDRL play against South and Central Burnett in Miriam Vale on April 12.
Next week’s fixtures are at Gin Gin with Avondale playing South Kolan and Miriam Vale taking on the Hawks.