Hawks lift mid-season trophy
The Gatton Hawks snatched the coveted Madsen–Rasmussen Trophy from the Wattles Warriors on Sunday at Clive Berghofer Stadium.
The final was an epic encounter with both sides locked at 33 a piece at the end of the scheduled 80 minutes.
The match was then extended, with both sides given 10 minutes each way, to win the game by way of golden point.
The initial 10 minute stanza provided the spectators plenty of entertainment with both sides attempting to end proceedings with a field goal without success.
The sides swapped ends to commence the second period of extra time, and on fourth play of the ensuing get out set, Gatton five-eighth Ashley Boney launched a terrific kick, bound for a 40-20 result.
Warriors right winger Robbie Moore valiantly knocked the ball back into play from the sideline but both he and fullback Jackson Green lost their footing much to Gatton winger Cameron Nicholls delight as he put foot to ball and dived on the ball over the try-line to snatch the trophy.
The old saying, a kick is only as good as it chase rang true as Gatton celebrated another piece of silverware.
Well done to Gatton and their loyal band of supporters. This weekend is the beginning of the second round of matches in the Toowoomba Rugby League 10 team competition.
On Saturday night Oakey take on Dalby at Oakey. The first round encounter at Dalby was a torrid and sometimes spiteful game hopefully discipline and football are to the fore on Saturday.
I feel Oakey can cause an upset at home even though Dalby are fresh from ending Wattles unbeaten competition run.
The second game on Saturday night will be at Clifton with Wattles against the Souths Tigers. The bruised and battered Warriors will keen to win at home after consecutive defeats in the last two weeks.
On Sunday Pittsworth take on Gatton at home, I favour the Danes to cause an upset with Gatton to suffer a minor hang-over after collecting the mid-season spoils.
The first round clash was a torrid affair and Pittsworth improve markedly at home. The Highfields Eagles will be keen to seek a first win over the Valleys Roosters with Valleys proving somewhat of a bogey team for the fledgling Eagles since entering the competition.
The last game of the round will be the battle between Warwick and Brothers at Glenholme. Warwick will need to win this fixture convincingly if they wish to commence a charge for finals footy.