Close clashes and blowouts
Highfields 72 def Oakey 12
Highfields helped there for-and-against points with a convincing win over winless Oakey Bears on Friday night. Highfields keep their spot in the Toowoomba Rugby League top five and are starting to get some momentum. Sean Hamel and Steven Lee both scored doubles for the Eagles.
Highfields 72 (Sean Hamel 2, Steven Lee 2, Braydon Mitchell 2, Blake Appo, Brent Tucker, Nick Bambridge, Zane Miller, Jake Cooley, Matt Prowse, Jacob Mouatt tries; Jarrod Lee 10 goals) def Oakey 12 (Massey Collins-Wharton, Steven Rodgers tries; Nathan Thomas, Steven Bonner goals).
Reserve Grade: Highfields 52 def Oakey 18
Under 18: Border 24 def Highfields 18; Wattles 30 def South Burnett White 24
Souths 48 def Goondiwindi 24
Souths Tigers got their season back on track with a thumping of Goondiwindi Boars at Gilberts Oval on Saturday night. Newly crown Queensland Rangers representative Corey Blades returned for the Tigers but it was his fellow winger, Aaron Hooper, who again stole the show with another hat-trick of tries.
Souths led 30-6 at half time and went on with it to close out the match. Luke Nolan played consistently for the Tigers whilst McKenna Gibson tried hard for the Boars.
Souths 48 (Aaron Hooper 3, Corey Blades, Connor Pyke, Daniel Holmes, Junior Chong-nee, Damien Mills tries; Luke Nolan 7 goals Aaron Cherry goal) def Goondiwindi 24 (Brady Martyn, Carl Clement, McKenna Gibson, Levi Wilson tries; Adam Tribe 4 goals)
Reserve Grade: Souths 34 def Goondiwindi 6
Under 18: Souths 54 def Goondiwindi 24
Pittsworth 22 def Dalby 18
In an exciting game at Dalby, Pittsworth snatched victory from the Diehards 22-18. Danes coach Ian Brackstone was happy to come away with the two away points although, he said, they still had to make some improvement. The Danes have stood up this last little stretch with some impressive wins and to win at Dalby was another stellar effort. Brackstone said his side’s best were Matthew Briggs, James Dempsey, Jeff Weber and Alec Stevens.
On the other hand, Dalby continue to lose tight matches and coach Kerry Carmichael will have some soul-searching to do but he can be proud of his competitive side. The Diehards were in the match despite a bad start when 10-0 down after 20 minutes. Captain Colin Green, Tom Boland, and Xavier Manly played well for Dalby.
Pittsworth 22 (Brayden Wilson 2, Conor Derksen, Matthew Briggs tries; Jake Johnston 3 goals) def Dalby 18 (Chris Wilkes, Xavier Manley, Tom Boland tries; Zac Morris 3 goals)
Reserve Grade: Pittsworth 44 def Dalby 20
Under 18: Dalby 34 def Pittsworth 22
2nd Division: Pittsworth 36 def Dalby 12
Warwick 30 def Gatton 26 (Hutchies Match of the Round)
Warwick coped better with the very windy conditions when they defeated Gatton at their home ground. In a game in which the lead changed hands regularly. The turning points were right on half-time when Warwick’s Brodie Quirk scored to give the Cowboys a 16-12 lead into the strong wind. Then, seven minutes before full-time, the Hawks lost the ball from a scrum they fed to have Joe Fuimaono swoop to score his third try of the match and give the Cowboys an eight-point lead. Newly crowned Queensland Rangers representative Trent Richardson continues play well for Warwick and won the Hutchie’s player of the round. Whilst Fuimaono, Ryan McIvor and Paul Cantrell also kept turning the Hawks around.
The Hawks were their own worst enemy, especially in the first half where they lost the ball no less than three times on the first tackle. Irrespective, they always had a chance to win the game, even on the bell when winger Riley Godwin went within inches of scoring. Dennis Burgoyne and Allan Morris played well for the Hawks.
Warwick 30 (HT 12-16) (Dylan Galloway, Joe Fuimaono 3 , Brodie Quirk, Trent Richardson tries; Morgan Taylor 2,Mick Bloomfield) def Gatton 26 (Michael Frohloff, Tye Gray, James Robinson, Dennis Burgoyne 2 tries; Callum Woolacott 3 goals)
Reserve Grade (Presidents Cup): Gatton 36 def Warwick 0
Under 18: Warwick 42 def Gatton 20
2nd Division: Gatton 62 def Warwick 0
Brothers 48 def Valleys 24
Brothers beat tradition rivals Valleys at Pillar St by a convincing score 48-24 but not without some moments when the Roosters fought back well. Brothers led 30-6 at half-time until Valleys came back to 36-24 before Brothers put the game beyond doubt.
The Cochrane cousins were very good for the Brethren whilst Mitch Revell also played well. Hnaloan Budden played well for Valleys with Tommy Orcher scoring a double.
Brothers keep in touch with the top five being two premiership points away.
Brothers 48 (Marcus Cochrane, Aidan Waterson, Michael Cochrane, Robbie Clevin, Nick Patterson, Mitchell Tuite, Jake Head, Cohen Haines tries; Michael Witt 8 goals) def Valleys 24 (Tommy Orcher 2, Trent Nicholls, Hnaloan Budden tries; Tyren Nicholls 4 goals)
Reserve Grade: Valleys 28 def Valleys 16
Under 18: Valleys 30 def Brothers 12
2nd Division: Brothers 22 def Valleys 18