TRL Round 17 Summary
Pittsworth 32 def Wattles 18
In freezing conditions, Pittsworth took care of an improved Wattles at Pittsworth on Saturday night. Wattles held the Danes at 14-12 at half-time after leading 14-0 until the competition leaders sealed the game with an impressive second-half display. Cameron Miller had his best game of the season for the Danes. Michael Carpenter also played well for Pittsworth. Whilst captain Dale Perkins and Nick Morris were Wattles’ best.
Pittsworth 32 (Liam Jocumsen 2, James Dempsey 2, Jeff Weber, Cameron Miller tries; Jake Johnston 4 goals) def Wattles 18 (Tyrone Jowett, Michael Duggan, Joe Morris tries; Nick Morris 3 goals)
Reserve Grade: Pittsworth 56 def Wattles 0. Under 18: Pittsworth 18 def Wattles 6
Souths versus Gatton, Saturday, 6.30pm, Clive Berghofer Stadium, Toowoomba
Clive Berghofer Stadium officials called off all games between these two clubs. A Toowoomba Rugby League board meeting on Monday night will discuss the playing of the Second Division President Cup at a later date. It is expected each side will receive one point each on the ladder.
Brothers 68 def Oakey 0
Brothers were much too good at home for the Oakey Bears as they piled on 68 unanswered points. Oakey were able to stick with the Leprechauns for the first 15 minutes but once the scoring began the floodgates opened and Brothers piled on the points. Oakey’s lack of fitness and, at times, lack of commitment to the tackle meant they were no match for Brothers speed and strength. Oakey were also guilty of poor ball control and they turned position over too often and Brothers took advantage of the glut of possession and territorial superiority. Brothers ran in 12 tries with winger Josh Davies recording a hat-trick alongside doubles from fullback Marcus Cochrane and backrower Jake Head. The points tally has allowed Brothers to grab third spot on points difference from Souths, whose weekend game was washed out.
Brothers continued Oakey’s forgettable season by trashing the Bears at Terry Mickleborough oval on the weekend. Ricky Davies, Michael Cochrane and Marcus Cochrane were the chief destroyers for the Brethren.
Brothers 72 (Josh Davies 3, Marcus Cochrane 2, Jake Head 2, Aiden Watterson, Mitch Revell, Ricky Davies, Sam Betros tries; Michael Witt 7, Mitchel Tuite 2, Mitch Revell goals) def Oakey 0
Reserve Grade: Brothers 28 def Oakey 26
Dalby 44 def Goondiwindi 12
Dalby travelled to Goondiwindi at the weekend expecting a tough game against an improved Goondiwindi side. They dominated the Boars in a clinical display. Lock Tom Boland and centre Brayden Alexander were the Diehards’ best.
Dalby led 20-nil at half-time and went on with it in the second half for a convincing win.
Dalby 44 (Brayden Alexander 3, Tom Boland 2, Michael Fletcher, Sam Thommason, Zac Morris tries; Dylan Taylor 5, Zac Morris goals) def Goondiwindi 12 (Carl Clement, Matthew Galvin tries; Adam Tribe 2 goals)
Reserve Grade: Dalby 44 def Goondiwindi 18. Under 18: Goondiwindi 26 def Dalby 24
Hutchinson Builders player of the match Mick Broomfield with TRL board member Greg Platz.
Warwick 33 def Highfields 4
Warwick is the second team in a week to give the rest of the competition a message. The Cowboys clinically took care of Highfields at Father Ranger Oval this weekend. Warwick scored six tries to one and outplayed the Eagles, especially in the forwards. Cowboys Trent Richardson, Sam Broomhall and Mick Broomfield completely dominated in defence and followed up with consistent offense. Their “go forward” allowed halves Paul Cantrell and Ryan McIvor to dominate their opposing halves.
After leading 10-4 at half-time courtesy of tries from Sam Broomhall and Mick Bloomfield, Warwick wore down Highfields in the second half. Their defence pressured Highfields into a mistake-riddle game.
Highfields played their worst game of the season with uncharacteristic errors at crucial times. Rep halfback Jared Lee had a game, by his own admission, he could forget. But it was all Warwick and it was summed up by their last try where Cowboys second rower Ty Gardner broke the Highfields defence out wide with fellow forwards Sam Broomhall and Trent Richardson in support to score a 70m try.
Warwick 33 (Sam Broomhall, Mick Bloomfield, Matt Marshall, Aaron Mc Veigh, Craig Don, Trent Richardson tries; Jamie Abbas field goal; Dan Watson 4 goals) def Highfields 4 (Sean Hamel try)
Reserve Grade Warwick 28 d. Highfields 14 Under 18 Warwick 46 d. Highfields 0
Under 18 Valleys 26 d. Souths Burnett Blue 14
A-Grade: Pittsworth 28, Warwick 26, Brothers 22, Souths 22, Gatton 20, Highfields 19, Dalby 12, Valleys 11, Wattles 8, Goondiwindi 2, Oakey 0
Reserve Grade: Gatton 27, Warwick 26, Pittsworth 24, Souths 23, Valleys 21, Highfields 14, Goondiwindi 11, Dalby 10, Brothers 7, Oakey 3, Wattles 2.
Under 18: Valleys 30, Burnett Blue 24, Pittsworth 24, Warwick 22, Dalby 18, Brothers 16, Souths 12, Wattles 11, Burnett White 10, Highfields 10, Goondiwindi 9, Border 4, Gatton 2.
Second Division: Gatton 16, Souths 12, Pittsworth 10, Brothers 10, Valleys 8, Dalby 8, Warwick 2