Close calls for Seagulls, Dolphins in round 15 wins
IT was a remarkably close round of games in the FOGS Cup last weekend with all three matches decided by a margin of four points or less.
The Carina Tigers played one of their strongest games to come within one try of upsetting the Wynnum Manly Seagulls – eventually going down 20-16 in the only Saturday match.
At Davies Park, the top-of-the-table Redcliffe were pushed all the way by the Magpies who scored on the hooter to earn themselves a chance of drawing the game. However, the conversion was unsuccessful, giving the Dolphins a hard-fought 24-22 win. Jake Busy scored a hat-trick for the Magpies, bringing his season tally to seven tries.
Across town at Bishop Park, again it was the away team who held on to win – with a missed conversion again the only way to separate the two teams. Extraordinarily, the Devils also scored just before the fulltime siren – but the conversion to level the game was waved away, giving the Ipswich Jets an 18-16 victory.
In the FOGS Colts Challenge – the results weren’t quite as close – with both the Wynnum Manly and the Burleigh Bears scoring emphatic victories.
The Saturday game at Stockland Stadium saw the Seagulls win the battle of the birds against the Falcons posting a 44-6 victory. Dominic Timoteo crossed twice for the visitors, while Josh Bowen-Bowyer kicked six goals; helping him maintain his spot at the top of the competition’s leading point scorers ladder with 144.
At Piggabeen Sports – again it was the visitors who triumphed, with Burleigh showing why they currently leading the competition – scoring seven tries to three in their 40-16 win over Tweed Heads. Tyler Sparkes and Jayden Conners both bagged doubles for their side in their win.
This weekend, both Easts Tigers and the Norths Devils sit out with the bye – while the Jets will be keen to pick up win number four when they travel to the Sunshine Coast to play the Falcons in the only Saturday game.
Toowoomba will be aiming to test themselves against the best when they host the Bears at Gold Park on Sunday in the final match of round 18.
***Following the completion of this weekend’s round 16 FOGS matches – there will be two more games played as part of the bye weekend (July 5-6).
The postponed matches between the Wynnum Manly and Easts will be played on Thursday, July 3 at BMD Kougari Oval at 7pm while the Norths Devils v Souths Logan Magpies game will be played on Friday, July 4 at Bishop Park at 6.30pm.
Both matches were rescheduled due to the recent to QRL Divisional Carnival.