Toowoomba Rugby League Round 11 Summary
Dalby 48 def Wattles 18
Dalby won the grand final replay at Dalby on Saturday night with the Taylor brothers in excellent form along with captain Colin Green. Green led from the front to get the Diehards within a game of the top five in a congested TRL Ladder. Dalby held a slender lead 20-18 at halftime when the Taylor brothers slipped in gear to pile on 28 unanswered points in the second half. Wattles toiled well without Jason Wilmott who was away on representative duty.
Dalby 48 (Sam Thomasson, Michael Fletcher, Mitch Taylor, Dylan Taylor, Colin Green, Chris Wilkes, Xavier Manley, Tom Boland tries Zac Morris 4,Dylan Taylor goals) defeated Wattles 18 (Michael Duggan 2, Joseph Morris tries Cameron Shannon 3 goals)
Reserve Grade: Dalby 23 Wattles 12; Under 18: Dalby 18 Wattles 20
Gatton 78 def Oakey 10
Gatton delivered a tryfest at Cahill Park on Saturday night with relative newcomer Alex Groves scoring a triple while TRL’s leading point scorer Callum Woolacott amassed 26 points with a double and nine goals. In wet conditions, the Hawks score will go a long way to help their for-and-against. Coach Nicki John Harch was happy with his side’s performance. “They were all fresh from a week off and were looking forward to playing the Cowboys next weekend,” he said. He congratulated Oakey on their enthusiasm. Oakey Coach Jason Boney was happy with his side given, he had 16 fresh players for A grade.
Gatton 78 (Alex Groves 3,Callum Woolacott 2, Josh Belz 2, Cliff Brown, Tye Gray, Riley Godwin, Dominic Haak, Daniel Marsh, Mark Swan, Michael Frohloff tries Callum Woolacott 9 goals) defeated Oakey 10 (Ezzard Beard, Jamie Lewis tries Dylan Adamson goal)
Reserve grade: Gatton 62 def Oakey 6
Pittsworth 18 d. Souths 14
The Danes lowered the colour of the Souths Tigers for the first time in the 2016 season. The match proved to be a tough, physical contest with both teams having to defend stoutly for long periods. In the end, Pittsworth proved to be able to find the points when required. Souths’ attack looked disjointed and handling errors cost them dearly and they missed the attacking flare of Corey Blades. Pittsworth had all the running in the first half as the Tigers could not seem to find their rhythm and dropped ball gave the Danes plenty of opportunities. The Danes first try came when a Souths handling error was compounded by a penalty. A good shift to the right flank saw Jake Johnson go over after only a few minutes. The Pittsworth combination then had to withstand some concerted Tigers attack before working their way downfield and shifting the ball, this time to the left, for Conor Derksen to score and Johnson to goal. Next to score was make-shift five-eighth, Daniel York who took on the defence from 10m out to crash over just before halftime for a 14-0 lead.
With more possession in the second half, Souths were able to mount some attack and fought their way back with tries to Adam Waters and Tom Whitehead, and three goals from Luke Nolan to have the game all square with 20 minutes to play. It was only a period of great defence that stopped Souths from adding more points as Pittsworth turned away wave after wave of Tiger attack. A few try-saving tackles were truly inspirational. The Danes needed to defend as they went close to imploding with a series of handling errors. However, Pittsworth were to have the final say in the match when they mounted an attack from deep in their own territory. Derksen took advantage of a narrow overlap to run the ball for 60m before being tackled. Souths could not recover and a great spread to the other flank saw Jake Johnson cross for his second to seal the match.
Pittsworth 18 (Jake Johnston, Connor Derksen, Daniel York tries Jake Johston goal) def Souths 14 (Adam Waters, Tom Whitehead tries Luke Nolan 3 goals).
Reserve Grade: Souths 20 Pittsworth 20, Under 18: Pittsworth 28 Souths 18; Second Division: Pittsworth 16 Souths 0
Warwick 48 d Goondiwindi 22
Warwick got an early fright when they travelled to Gilbert Ovals on Sunday. The scores were locked at 16-16 at halftime with both teams having their chances. The Cowboys virtually closed the game up with three quick tries to start the second half. They continued to pile on the points to take the match 48-22. Warwick’s Joe Fuimaono (pictured) had his best game of the season, whilst Mick Bloomfield and Ryan McIvor were also good for the Cowboys. Levi Wilson and Tainton Merchant tried hard for the Boars.
Warwick 48 (Joe Fuimaono 2, Matt Marshall 2, Mitch McMahon, Dan Watson, Mick Bloomfield, Luke O’Demsey, Brook Croft, tries Mick Bloomfield 5,Morgan Taylor goals) def Goondiwindi 22 (Levi Wilson, Corey Martin, Brady Martyn, Adam Tribe tries Adam Tribe 3 goals)
Reserve Grade: Warwick 38 Goondiwindi 16; Under 18: Goondiwindi 20 Warwick 16
Highfields 42 d Valleys 22
Highfields found themselves in the Top five on the TRL Hutchies Ladder for the first time this season after a comfortable win over Valleys at Kuhls Road on Sunday. The Eagles led 16-6 at halftime and went on with it in the second half. Brent Tucker and Steven Lee both scored doubles for Highfields
Highfields 42 (Brent Tucker 2, Steven Lee 2, Blake Appo, Robert Elara, Brayden Mitchell, Matt Prowse tries Jarrod Lee 5 Goals) def Valleys 22 (Jacob Croker 2, Dylan Chown, Josh Birch tries Tyren Nicholls 2, Ryan Stevens goal)
Reserve Grade: Valleys 28 Highfields 0; Under 18: Valleys 36 Highfields 0