TRL’s Round 19 Summary

Gatton 46 def Valleys 6

Gatton did their 2016 premiership aspirations no harm with a convincing win over the Roosters in what was a danger game for the Hawks. Gatton were always in control and led 20-6 at halftime and ran away with the game 46-6 to certainly help their “for and against” points. Dom Haak, Callum Woolacott and Dennis Burgoyne had big games whilst Dexter Buchannan tired hard for Valleys. Gatton coach Nick John Harch said it was one of the quickest games his side had played all season.

Gatton 46 (Josh Belz, Tye Gray, Steve Franciscus, Dom Haak, Allan Morris, Robbie Fletcher, Dennis Burgoyne, James Robinson tries Callum Woolacott 7 goals) defeated Valleys 6 (Nicholas Sargent try, Josh Hancock goal)

Reserve Grade: Valleys 22 def Gatton 16
Second Division: Gatton 32 def Valleys 16
Under 18: Burnett Blue won on forfeit against Gatton
Under 18: Burnett White 40 def Dalby 16
Under 18: Valleys 52 def Border 10

Warwick 17 def Pittsworth 10

In a brutal top of the ladder clash, Warwick outlasted Pittsworth to claim bragging rights in the 2016 TRL premiership race. Pittsworth started the game without key players Matthew Briggs, Daniel York and Thomas O’Sullivan, but this did not seem to worry them as they put it to the Cowboys and led 10-4 at halftime after tries from Mitchell Carpenter and Braydon Wilson. The pair played havoc with the Warwick’s defence, especially out wide. It was Warwick’s brutal defence that kept them in the game. Sam Broomhall and Trent Richardson especially, made the crowd shiver with some bone rattling hits. The Cowboys snuck in a four pointer just before halftime when Brodie Quirk got one back on his opposite winger scoring out wide. Down 10-4, Warwick’s defence continued to have an effect on Pittsworth, but the game was of high quality and the Danes did not shy away from the job at hand.  After sheer weight of possession, Warwick eventually scored to level up the game 10-10 when form centre Joe Fuimaono barged over out wide. Mick Bloomfield added the extras. The game seesawed and you always felt that whoever took the opportunity, they would go a long way to win this wonderful game. That opportunity came with 20 minutes remaining when Paul Cantwell’s mid field bomb bounced awkwardly with Broomhall following through for the Cowboys. He kicked the ball forward and won the race to dive on the ball in Pittsworth’s in goal to break the deadlock. That turned out to be the turning point with Jamie Abbas scoring a late field goal to seal the victory for Warwick.   

Warwick 17 (Brodie Quirk Joe Fuimaono, Sam Broomhall  tries Mick Bloomfield 2  goals Jamie Abbas 1 field goal ) defeated Pittsworth 10 (Mitchell Carpenter, Braydon Wilson tries Jake Johnston 1 goal)

Reserve Grade: Pittsworth 36 def Warwick 4
Under 18: Warwick 48 def Pittsworth 4
Second Division:  Pittsworth 46 def Warwick 0

Goondiwindi def Oakey

Oakey travelled to Goondiwindi with the Boars having a field day against the resilient Bears. The Boars had three players score hat tricks. They led 44-10 at halftime.

Goondiwindi 86 (McKenna Gibson 3, Ryan North 3, Carl Clement 3, Hayden Bussell 2, John Goodfellow, Jake McCosker, Kinsley Mathies, Tarton Marchant tries McKenna Gibson 10, Carl Clement goals) defeated Oakey 10 (Steven Bonner, Alfred Davies-Wharton tries; Steven Bonner goal)

Reserve Grade:  Goondiwindi 32 def Oakey 30

Highfields 30 def Brothers 26

In a crucial game for both sides, Highfields came from behind to stay in the race for the 2016 premiership. Brothers led 20-6 with 20 minutes remaining. At that point in time, half back Michael Witt was sent off for 10 minutes for an indiscretion. Highfields took the advantage and scored three unanswered tries to take the lead for the first time in the match. When Witt returned, Highfields again scored to lead 28-20, but Nick Trevisoil kept Brothers in the game by scoring beside the posts to get within two. Highfields Jarod Lee kicked a penalty right on fulltime to win the game 30-26. It was the game that got away for the Brethren as they were excellent for three quarters of the match. Their forwards laid the foundation with young guns, William O’Gradey and Mitchell Revell leading the way. Especially Revell, he really took the game by the scruff of the neck and dominated. The send-off of Witt was the difference in the match and the incident influenced the change in momentum in the game as Witt was reading the game nicely at the time. Highfields capitalised and the game fell into their hands with quick play the balls and creative darts from dummy half.   Brothers could not stop Highfields momentum after that. Highfields will take the two premiership points and stay alive, but they will need to lift next week against a resurgent Souths to continue their run in the 2016 season. Highfields Jayden Motley scored a double and was Eagles best whilst Zane Miller also scored a double with some good back up play. Eagles lost Prop Jake Colley and fullback Blake Appo in the first half. Key men Jarrod Lee, Nick Bambridge and Steve Lee sealed the win for the Eagles.

Highfields 30 (Jayden Motley 2, Zane Miller 2,Steve Lee tries Jarrod Lee 4 goals) def Brothers 26  (Ricky Davies, Jake Head, Mitch Revell, Nick Trevisoil tries Michael Witt 5 goals)

Reserve Grade: Highfields 22 def Brothers   18  
Under 18: Brothers 54 def Highfields 0

Souths v Wattles

A Corey Blades-less Souths outfit completely outplayed Wattles in readiness for their 2016 premiership onslaught. The Tigers were clinical with Slade Martin, who returned to the centres, scoring a hat-trick and Aaron Hooper getting a double to -stay on top of the TRL’s try scorers list. Frenchman Tristan Dupoy, Luke Nolan and Jacob Whittaker also played well for the early season front runners. After being in the headlines early in the season, Souths have gone along nicely this latest period and will be ready to take on in-form Highfields next week.

Souths 64 (Slade Martin 3, Aaron Hooper 2, Jacob Whittaker 2, Bailey Hayes 2, Luke Nolan, Tom Whitehead tries Luke Nolan 10 goals) defeated Wattles 8 (Nic Morris, Max Somes tries)

Reserve Grade:  Souths 72 def Wattles 4
Under 18: Souths 32 def Wattles 20