Front-runners show class in early showing
BOTH the Easts Tigers and Burleigh Bears impressed with their point scoring ability last weekend – posting dominant wins over their opposition in round 1 of the FOGS Colts Challenge.
The Souths Logan Magpies were unable to find any answers in going down 64-4 the visiting Bears, who again are showing signs of being the team to beat this season.
Halfback Sam Grant crossed for a hat-trick for last year’s minor premiers and also booted three goals to go with them; while backrow forward Hayden Schwass was able to run in two tries in the game at Davies Park.
Across town at Tapout Energy Stadium (Langlands Park), Tigers winger Joshua Gee and centre Jack Schaffer both scored doubles in Easts’ 54-16 win over the Toowoomba Clydesdales.
Halfback Mitch Treleaven was one of six other individual try scorers; but also slotted seven goals to see him join Grant as the leading point scorers for the round.
While the Tigers and the Bears put a great distance between them and their competitors, the Sunshine Coast and Norths Devils match on Saturday was a much closer contest.
In the end, only the goal kicking separated the two sides, with an extra two points from Dalton Harry (five goals) proving the difference. Jack Dreger scored a double for the home side, with the Falcons winning three of their four matches played at Sunshine Coast Stadium on the day.
This weekend, first round winners and defending premiers Redcliffe will travel to Ipswich to face the Jets, who went down to Wynnum Manly 30-14 in their game at Norths Ipswich Reserve, with Seagull Liam Clark crossing for two tries in the victory.
Redcliffe were pushed in their game against Tweed Heads at a hot Dolphin Oval, with a high-scoring first half seeing the Seagulls only trailing 24-18 at the halftime break.
The match tightened in the second half however, but the visitors were able to score once more to level the scores midway through the second half.
Despite the comeback, a second try to fullback Josh Beehag with 10 minutes to go and a penalty goal to Tyson Gamble soon after put the game beyond reach and ensured the Phins good form would continue into the new season.
On Sunday, the Gulls will take on Toowoomba at Gold Park, with both teams looking to claim their first win of the season.