Miriam Vale hosted South Kolan with local spectators wondering what the damage would be after the Pies have had five straight losses in the NDRL competition.
Miriam Vale has been the team of the decade winning four premierships in the last 10 years but has struggled this season. South Kolan has had two big wins but their last game against Gin Gin was only won by two.
Spectators got their money's worth as the Pies put on a show making it the game of the year. In the first 30 seconds a Kolan player was in open space ready to open their scoring when a late pass was not picked up by the winger but Kolan soon scored two quick tries.
Dale Fischer scooped on the ball after a Sharks error only to be held up near the line giving the pies a sniff.
It wasn’t long before lock Will Button ran from the scrum and scored near the past and the Pies had ever reliable goal kicker Aaron Causton back who added the two.
Kolan scored again before half time with onlookers amazed how the Pies have played with the score 16-6 to the Sharks at the break.
The second half was just as exciting with both teams scoring and the Pies in front nearing the end of the game. Local spectators supporting the home side were vocal and were excited with a minute on the clock and the Pies up 34-32. The crowd were stunned to see a Miriam Vale in goal error then a flying Sharks player dive on the ball and score making the final score 38-34 to South Kolan.
Miram Vale can take a lot of confidence out of the match knowing they had Kolan down to the last minute.
In the earlier game Avondale made quick work of Agnes Water with the Marlins struggling for numbers and Matt Ross from the Tigers running riot down the wing scoring four tries for the match.
Viliami Tufulele scored three tries with Sontana Lilo and Tevila Fonua bagging doubles for the afternoon.
For the Marlins Tim McIntosh scored a great individual try with his classic chip over the to score his second try for the game and he converted four from four taking his tally to 16 out of his team’s 24 points.
Avondale ran in 15 to 4 tries winning 82-24. Well done to Gin Gin’s young League safe Quinn who ran water for Avondale when his club had the bye.