Early form promising for Burleigh
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IT’S only early days, but the Burleigh Bears are mounting a strong case for finals football after recording their third win of the FOGS Colts Challenge season last week.
The Bears got the better of the Wynnum Manly Seagulls 34-28 in an excellent performance at BMD Kougari Oval.
As reinforced by Burleigh’s heavy loss to the Seagulls in the Intrust Super Cup, visiting teams often struggle at Wynnum Manly and are quick to look for the exit gate.
But Burleigh stayed behind to sing their victory song thanks to an eye-catching seven tries to five performance.
Daniel Schwass, Harry Hughes and Carne Rhodes scored two tries each for the Bears, with Rhodes also notching three goals.
Hayden Bishop, Junior Taefu, Lachlan Tate, Nick Bainbridge and James Tuia scored Wynnum Manly’s tries, with five-eighth Josh Bowen-Bowyer kicking four goals.
Bowen-Bowyer is the Colts competition’s leading scorer after five rounds with four tries and 21 goals for an overall tally of 58 points.
Tweed’s Wilson Bennet is in second on 50 points following three tries and 19 goals. Wynnum hooker Nick Bainbridge is the competition’s leading try scorer with six
In other Colts games last weekend, the Sunshine Coast Falcons beat the Ipswich Jets 34-24, Norths Devils defeated Easts Tigers 26-12 and Redcliffe Dolphins were too strong for the Tweed Heads Seagulls 42-22.
Classy fullback Keith Gadd crossed for a hat-trick in the Dolphins’ win over the Tweed Seagulls in a game which was tied up at 12-12 at halftime.
In round 3 FOGS Cup action last weekend, Easts outgunned Norths Devils 26-18, Redcliffe beat Ipswich 30-16 and Wynnum Manly scored a 28-10 victory over the Carina Tigers.
Easts centre Pio Seci scored a hat-trick of tries in the Tigers’ hard-fought win over the Devils, who still occupy second spot despite the loss.
Young lock Dalton Phillips crossed twice for the Dolphins in their 14-point win over the Jets at the North Ipswich Reserve.
The match was in the balance just after halftime when the Ian Lacey-coached Ipswich team scored in the right corner to level at 16-16.
But the Dolphins finished the stronger of the two teams in the slippery conditions to notch their second win of the season.
Grant Flugge’s team leads the competition on six points (tally includes bye points) from four clubs on four points – Norths, Easts, Wynnum Manly and Souths Logan.
Newcomers Carina are the only FOGS Cup team yet to register a win, but they get another chance to breakthrough against Redcliffe at Dolphin Oval on Sunday.