Rockhampton Rugby League spectators were kept on the edge of their seats over the weekend with a round of entertaining football in the local A Grade competition.
It is almost unheard of, but all games in the round of fixtures produced draws.
“I have never seen anything like it in my time involved in rugby league,” Brothers’ President Stephen Parle said.
The round kicked off on Friday night at Browne Park with the Fitzroy/Gracemere Sharks taking on Rockhampton Brothers. The Sharkies, who are in a rebuilding phase, dug deep to come away with a 26-26 draw.
The draw was secured in the last play of the game with the Sharks scoring a freakish try. The conversion sailed wide and this resulted in the first draw of the round.
Game two for the weekend saw competition new comers Emu Park travel to Biloela to take on the Panthers.
Conversions made the difference with Biloela managing to cross the line seven times while only converting one. Emu Park’s sharp shooter Yoren Major slotted five from five, so scores were locked up at 30-30 when the full time whistle blew. The home crowd left with mixed emotions but both sides are still in contention to make the finals.
Sunday’s third and final Rockhampton and District Rugby League A Grade game for the round saw competition ladder leaders Yeppoon play second placed North Chargers.
On a wet track, the Chargers ended Yeppoon’s unbeaten streak with Norths’ halfback Dean Allen showing nerves of steel in kicking the equalizing goal after the final siren. The game was see sawing with spectators, who braved the conditions, going home entertained. The score ended 26-26.
Going through record books it is hard to find where a whole competition round where all fixtures ended in draws.
It has certainly sent the historians in to a frenzy to determine if it was a ’first ever.’
All results have made for an exciting run into the finals with all teams still in contention.
Round 8: Biloela Panthers 30 drew with Emu Park 30, Brothers 26 drew with Fitzroy/Gracemere 26, Norths Chargers 26 drew with Yeppoon Seagulls 26.
Points: Yeppoon Seagulls 15, Norths Chargers 13, Brothers 11, Biloela Panthers 3, Emu Park 3, Fitzroy/Gracemere 3.