Testing times for Marlins
Three seasons into the NDRL competition. Agnes Water Marlins experienced the low of fielding a team of 10 players against home side South Kolan at Shark Park.
The Marlins have been struggling for players the last few weeks but pulled off a surprise win against the Hawks last week but couldn’t repeat that match form against the Sharks.
The Sharks showed no mercy on the depleted Marlins running in 19 tries and kicking 16 goals to rack up 108 point to nil midway through the second half before the Agnes side called the game off.
Credit to those 10 Marlin players who put in a gutsy effort. Player of the Round, Sharks star Sekope Tua, scored six tries and kicked four goals with Blake and Moimoi scoring a further seven tries between them.
With the game being called off the Sharks didn’t have the opportunity to beat Gin Gin’s record of biggest win of the season when the Hawks beat Kolan 110-nil in the first game of the season. Kolan have turned their season around full circle and will be a force running into the finals.
In the earlier game Gin Gin blew the chance of winning their first game in four weeks when, only behind by six, the lack of tackling by the side allowed Miriam Vale to run in three quick tries late in the second half to win 40-20.
Gin Gin had an injured side losing Aaron Kuskey very early on, Shaun Casey breaking his arm and front rower Luke Franklin struggling with a shoulder injury. Magpies had the luxury of four forwards on the bench and credit to coach Darren Wildman for his rotation of his forwards allowing his big men to dictate the match allowing the backs room to run.
Next week’s games are at Agnes Water with the Marlins taking on neighbours Miriam Vale. In the first game Gin Gin play Avondale in the Mid Year cup sponsored by South Kolan Hotel. The Mid Year Cup is between the two teams who finish first and second at the end of round two. Thanks to our sponsors Alec and Jo Duffy for their continued support of NDRL