Toowoomba Round 20 wrap
Warwick 31 drew Brothers 31
Bolstered by the return of Nick Patterson, the Brethren hit the ground running when fullback Adam Watterson scored one of the easiest tries in the fourth minute. Warwick centre Joe Fuimaono then charged the Brothers line two minutes later to score. His fellow fullback Craig Donn put the Cowboys in the lead for a short time (10-6), then Brothers took the game by the scruff of the neck. Scoring at will with tries to Michael Witt, ZC Loxley, Nick Patterson and Matthew Cottee to lead the Cowboys 30-14 with 25 minutes remaining.
Warwick came back with inspirational tries from Matt Marshall and Ty Gardner to lift the Cowboys to within striking distance. Sam Broomhall and Paul Cantwell also scored for Warwick to level the scores at 30-30.
Warwick were on a roll, but Brothers dug deep as their season was on the line and with four minutes reaming, Brothers halfback Matthew Witt calmly slotted a field goal to give the Brethren a slender one-point lead. But Warwick weren’t to be out done and Jamie Abbas dropped a field goal to level the scores 31-31. That’s the way to stayed in a high quality game.
The momentum swings were long with both sides defending their line for long periods. It was a game attrition with both sides not leaving anything in the sheds.
Brothers young guns William O’Gradey, Zane Wiltshire and Mitchell Revell all played well with O’Gradey named Hutchies Player of the Round. Fullback Aiden Watterson also played well for the Brethren, while Brock Croft, Joe Fuimaono and Matt Marshall kept the Cowboys in the game.
Warwick 31 (Joe Fuimaono, Craig Donn, Matt Marshall Ty Gardner Sam Broomhall, Paul Cantwell tries Dan Watson 3 goals Jamie Abbas field goal) drew Brothers 31 (Adam Watterson, Michael Witt, Zac Loxley, Nick Patterson, Matthew Cottee tries Michael Witt 5 goals, field goal)
Reserve Grade: Warwick 46 def Brothers 12
Under 18: Warwick 32 def Burnett Blue 18
Second Division: Brothers 32 def Warwick 14
Highfields 40 def Souths 32
Highfields added their third top five team scalp in as many weeks when they defeated Souths at Clive Berghofer Stadium on Saturday night. The Eagles had control of the match for most of the game with Jake Cooley outstanding in a man of the match performance for Highfields.
Coach Gus McKellar said it was the big fella’s best game of the season and a few Souths forwards would be licking their wounds this week.
Souths played well in parts, but were always playing catch up football. They were down 20-10 at halftime then 40-26 and it was just too much of a lead for the Tigers. Jake George also played well as did Blake Appo.
This win gives the Eagles a real chance of securing a top three position as they play Goondiwindi and Wattles in their last two rounds of the season.
Highfields 40 (Robbie Elara 2, Blake Appo, Zane Miller, Steve Lee, Jake George, Matt Prowse tries Braydon Mitchell 6 goals) defeated Souths 32 (Luke Nolan 2, Junior Chung –nee, Daniel Holmes, Slade Martin, Aaron Cherry tries Luke Nolan 4 goals)
Reserve Grade: Souths 50 def Highfields 0
Under 18: Souths 70 def Highfields 20
Gatton 29 def Dalby 8
Gatton overcame a determined Dalby side, but the final score did not indicate the game with the Diehards throwing everything at the Hawks. In fact, they missed opportunities to grab the momentum just before and after halftime.
The Hawks experienced showed to run away with the match late in the second half. Callum Woolacott played well for the Hawks whilst Kruse Turner continues to improve for the Diehards.
There were several sin bins and one send off.
The Hawks sit in third position on for and against, but have a bye this weekend.
Gatton 29 (Callum Woolacott 2, Cameron Nicholls, Tye Gray, Robbie Fletcher tries Callum Woolacott 3, Cameron Nicholls goals, Dom Haak field Goal) def Dalby 8 (Zac Morris, Sam Thomasson tries)
Reserve Grade: Gatton 66 Dalby 8
Under 18: Dalby 66 Gatton 16
2nd Division: Gatton 24 Dalby 10
Goondiwindi 30 def Wattles 14
Goondiwindi have something to celebrate when they caused an upset by beating Wattles at their home ground. Wattles have been decimated with injuries this year, but have put in good efforts on the field. The Boars were good in their execution and won the ruck in this game.
Reserve Grade: Wattles 52 Goondiwindi 20
Under 18: Wattles 38 Goondiwindi 38
Under 18: Pittsworth 42 Border 22
Valleys 72 def Oakey 10
Valleys accounted for Oakey at Oakey with Roosters Dylan Chown, Lachlan Stephson and Tyron Nicholls scoring three tries each.
Valleys 72 (Dylan Chown 3, Lachlan Stephson 3,Tyron Nicholls 3, Gus Mati, Hnaloan Budden, Matthew Budden, Aaron Sillitoe tries Tyron Nicholls 10 goals) defeated Oakey 10 (Dylan Adamson, Barry Mallyer tries Dylan Adamson goal)
Reserve Grade: Valleys 54 Oakey 10
A Grade ladder: Warwick 29 (274+), Pittsworth 28(226+), Gatton 26(291+), Souths 26(269+), Brothers 25 (226+), Highfields 25(202+), Dalby 14, Valleys 13, Wattles 8, Goondiwindi 6, Oakey 0
Reserve Grade ladder: Gatton 31, Pittsworth 28, Warwick 28, Souths 27, Valleys 25, Highfields 14 Goondiwindi 13, Dalby 12, Brothers 11, Wattles 4. Oakey 3
Under 18: Valleys 34, Warwick 30, Burnett Blue 28, Pittsworth 28, Dalby 20, Brothers 19, Souths 17, Wattles 13, Burnett White 12, Goondiwindi 12, Highfields 10, Border 6, Gatton 5
2nd Division: Gatton 20, Souths 12, Pittsworth 12, Brothers 12, Dalby 10, Valleys 8, Warwick 2