The Norths Devils have handed the Herbert River Crushers their first loss in the 2014 Townsville and Districts Rugby League competition, defeating the defending premiers 18-16. 

The match, played at Peggy Banfield Park in atrocious conditions, saw the Devils seal a win thanks to the heroics of Norths winger Yamba Bowie busting his way through two defenders and running 90 metres to score, giving North's a memorable victory. 

It was hard going from the outset with the match being played in cyclonic rain.  However, with the Crushers missing the experience of halfback Mitch Seri, form centre of the competition Anthony Perkins and second rower Andrew Quabba, they struggled to complete their sets and find their rhythm in attack. 

This was also compounded with injuries in the first quarter of the game to second rower Colin Wilkie and winger Matt Harvey which left the Crushers undermanned. 

Despite fielding an inexperienced side the Crushers clawed their way back into the game holding a slender lead in the first half before Bowie's first brilliant individual try just before half time where he chipped and chased on half way, showed great poise and composure to regather the greasy ball on the fly and ran 50 metres to give Norths a four point lead at the break. 

The second half turned into an arm wrestle with neither side being able to put the foot down and close the match out. 

The Crushers were left to lament poor last tackle options as their killer instinct in attack shown in recent weeks deserted them. 

The Crushers held a 16‒12 lead with only minutes remaining before Bowie’s remarkable length of the field try broke the Crushers hearts and gave Norths a well-deserved victory.

A GRADE

BROTHERS 46 (Tries: Jonico Hardwick 1, Aiden ketchup 2, Michael Parker-Walsh 1, Nathan Norford 1, Ashley Staub 1, Cade Maloney 1, Shaun Ashwell 2, Goals: Nathan Norford 1, Aiden Ketchup 4) DEF CHARTERS TOWERS 12 (tries: Jack Ford 1, Matty Martell 1, Goals: Adam Shaw 2)

BURDEKIN 38 (Tries: Rainer Power 2, Mason Eaton 1, Sio Ata’ata 1, Temone Power 1, Lona Kaifoto 1, Jason Reid 1, Goals: Chris Reid 5) DEF UNIVERISTY 10 (Tries: Daniel Pickering 1, Waka Cooper 1, Goals: Chris Law 1)

NORTHS 18 (Tries: Yamba Bowie 2, Berrin Charles 1, Goals: Matthew Bonnano 3) DEF HERBERT RIVER 16 (Sam Pau 1, Gordon Grigor 1, Jared Seri 1, Goals: Sam Pau 2)

 

POS

TEAM

PTS

P

W

L

D

FF

PP

B

F

A

PD

1

Brothers A Grade 2014

16

5

3

1

0

0

0

1

146

60

86

2

Centrals A Grade 2014

16

5

3

1

0

0

0

1

98

76

22

3

Herbert River A Grade 2014

12

4

3

1

0

0

0

0

128

46

82

4

Burdekin A Grade 2014

8

4

1

2

0

0

0

1

70

89

-19

5

Norths A Grade 2014

8

4

1

2

0

0

0

1

30

84

-54

6

University A Grade 2014

8

5

1

3

0

0

0

1

62

138

-76

7

Charters Towers A Grade 2014

4

4

1

3

0

0

0

0

81

122

-41

RESERVE GRADE

BROTHERS 30 (Tries: Diego LakaLaka 1, Les Wragge 1, Keegan Parker 1, Angelo Townson 2, Ben Rajan 1, Goals: Callum Peach 2, Lester Hero 1) DEF CHARTERS TOWERS 8 (Tries: Jesse Clumpoint 1, Braydon Johnson1)

NORTHS 28 (Tries: Brian Messa 1, Hayden Lavarack 3, Fred Bulsey 1, Goals: Graham Tranby 4) DEF HERBERT RIVER 22 (Tries: Michael Skipper 1, Tryron Harvey 1, Luke Casale 1, Luke LaRosa 1, Goals: Michael Wittington 3)

UNIVERSITY 24 (Tries: Adam Hume 1, Jonathon Pepper 1, Simon Burgoyne 1, Ihaia Teaw 1, Goals: Jonathan Pepper 4) DEF BURDEKIN 12 (Tries: Jermaine McIvor 1, Jake Henaway 1, Goals: Jermaine McIvor 2)

POS

TEAM

PTS

P

W

L

D

FF

PD

PP

B

F

A

1

Brothers Reserve Grade 2014

9

5

3

0

1

0

66

0

1

120

54

2

Norths Reserve Grade

6

4

2

1

0

0

22

0

1

90

68

3

Charters Towers Reserve Grade 2014

6

4

3

1

0

0

4

0

0

104

100

4

Herbert River Reserve Grade 2014

5

4

2

1

1

0

46

0

0

98

52

5

University Reserve Grade 2014

4

5

2

2

0

0

-18

-2

1

68

86

6

Burdekin Reserve Grade 2014

2

4

0

3

0

0

-58

0

1

42

100

7

Centrals Reserve Grade 2014

2

5

0

4

0

0

-62

0

1

58

120

UNDER 18

UNIVERSITY 30 (Tries: Tristan Nelliman-Adams 1, Harrison Lowth 1, Coen Lawrence 1, Chauncy Heron 2, Sam Maye 1, Goals: Bradley Duckworth 3) DEF BURDEKIN 16 (Tries: Nathan Swindley 1, Nathan Rickards 1, Royce Watson 1, Goals: Nathan Swindley 2)

NORTHS 24 (Tries: Klane Stone 1, Justin Cassidy 2, Dylan Newton 1, Goals: David Nogar 4)   DEF HERBERT RIVER 22 (Tries: Adrian S 1, Dylan Gaggiano 2, Karl Spano 1, Goals: Dylan Gaggiano 3)

CHARTERS TOWERS 24 (Tries: C Moxham 1, S Johnson 1, D Hastie 2, Goals: C Moxham 4) DEF BROTHES 10 (Tries: Mitchell Smith 2, Goals Zak Parker 1)

 

POS

TEAM

PTS

P

W

L

D

FF

PD

PP

B

F

A

1

Centrals Under 18 2014

8

5

3

1

0

0

70

0

1

140

70

2

Charters Towers Under 18 2014

6

4

3

1

0

0

34

0

0

116

82

3

Brothers Under 18 2014

6

5

2

2

0

0

6

0

1

88

82

4

University Under 18 2014

4

5

2

2

0

0

4

-2

1

100

96

5

Herbert River Under 18 2014

4

4

2

2

0

0

-16

0

0

104

120

6

Norths Under 18 2014

4

4

1

2

0

0

-30

0

1

46

76

7

Burdekin Under 18 2014

2

4

0

3

0

0

-68

0

1

42

110

ROUND 6 GAME TIMES

SUNDAY, APRIL 27

Brothers Vs Centrals @ Jack Manksi Oval

12:30pm Under 18

2:00pm   Reserve Grade

3:30pm   A Grade

Norths Vs University @ Peggy Benfield Park

1:00pm Under 18

2:30pm Reserve Grade

4:00pm A Grade

Burdekin Vs Herbert River @ Rugby Park

1:00pm Under 18

2:30pm Reserve Grade

4:00pm A Grade