The Townsville Blackhawks hosted Tweed Seagulls for the Round 5 ANZAC clash at Jack Manski Oval. The Blackhawks proved too strong for the Seagulls.
The day started with a moving remembrance ANZAC ceremony, prior to kick-off.
The Blackhawks welcomed back inaugural Blackhawks player Robert Lui and Jordan Kenworthy.
Both teams started off with determination to gain the upper hand and searched for a weakness to gain control of the game, but the wet conditions made it difficult.
The Seagulls were able to put their name on the board first through Lee Turner in the corner and the conversion attempt from Lindon McGrady was unsuccessful.
Blackhawks enforcer Josh Chudleigh put his team on the board by charging through the defensive line and Michael Bell’s conversion was successful, putting the home side in front.
Lui returned to Hostplus Cup in style as he dazzled defence to cross the line and Bell’s kick was successful, extending the Blackhawks lead.
With the Blackhawks side building in confidence, Kalifa Faifai-Loa found a way to add his name to the scoreboard as he won the chase to the ball and planted it in the corner, but the conversion was unsuccessful.
At the conclusion of the first half the score stood at 16-4 in favour of the Blackhawks.
Match: Blackhawks v Seagulls
Round 5 -
Venue: Jack Manski Oval, Townsville
The second half of the match saw massive defensive efforts from both sides, and it proved to be difficult for either side to score points.
The Blackhawks secured the win through a field goal by Bell in the final minutes of the game, breaking the drought of points.
The end score was 17-4 with the Blackhawks taking the win.
Lui was named the Hastings Deering player of the match.
Round 6 will see the Blackhawks off to Moreton Daily Stadium to face the Redcliffe Dolphins.
Match: Dolphins v Blackhawks
Round 6 -
Venue: Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe
The Seagulls will host Wynnum Manly Seagulls at home.
Match: Seagulls v WM Seagulls
Round 6 -
Venue: Tugun RLFC, Tugun
Main photo: Riley Price by Alix Sweeney