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Blackhawks dominate Magpies to produce big win

Townsville Blackhawks were celebrating Women in League Round early this week and hosted the South Logan Magpies in Round 14 of the Hostplus Cup. 

The home side put on an outstanding performance, outclassing the visitors 72-0.

The Blackhawks scored their first try in third minute of the game through Edward Hampson, in only his second Hostplus game. Hampton palmed his defenders away to clear a path to the try line and the conversion attempt by Shaun Nona was successful. 

The next try came via Zac Laybutt who caught a cut out pass which saw him zip through a gap to score and Nona’s kick was successful. 

Tomas Chester was able to cross for a try when he grounded the ball in the in-goal when the Magpies were unable to gather the ball on the kick-return. 

The tries kept coming for the Blackhawks and club debutant Edene Gebbie got in on the action and scored much to the delight of the vocal home ground, catching a cut-out pass to plant the ball down in the corner.

Laybutt then scored his for second for the day, soaring above his competition to win the contest for the ball, planting it down and the conversion was successful. 

The floodgates where already opened when Cade Maloney crashed over after catching an inside ball from Robert Lui and Nona’s kick was again successful.

At the conclusion of the first half, the score stood at 34-0 in favour of the home side. 

The Blackhawks continued their hard efforts from the first half as Chester scored his second try, before Kyle Laybutt then ran through his opponents to score under the post to add more points on the board. 

Chester continued to put his talent on display for his home crowd as he crossed for his hat-trick to extend the lead.

The only blemish for the home side was when Gebbie was placed on report for dangerous contact and was sent to the bin for 10 minutes. 

Despite being a player down, the Blackhawks were still able to slip through the Magpies defence as Kalifa Faifai-Loa scored his first of two, diving over in the corner.

The Blackhawks continued to dominate the game with Emry Pere crashing over the line before Michael Bell fought his way to score in the corner and the conversion waved away. 

The final try of the match came from Faifai-Loa as he scooped up a loose ball before successful running in for his double. 

Edene Gebbie made his club debut for Townsville Blackhawks. Photo: Alix Sweeney
Edene Gebbie made his club debut for Townsville Blackhawks. Photo: Alix Sweeney

Following the game, Gebbie praised his team for their efforts.

“I think everyone played well today and turned up for each other,” Gebbie said.

“It was a fast paced game, but we were most happy with our defence today, as was our coach.

“Personally, I’ve been working hard all year so it was great to run out with the boys today.

“Now I just want to keep working and training hard.

“When Aaron told me I was playing today, I was shocked and said 'Are you kidding?', but he wasn’t.

“I texted my Dad to tell him and he just told me to do my best and do what I love. 

“I want to thank everyone who has followed me up to the point, I have received so many messages.” 

Next week, the Blackhawks are set to play the Burleigh Bears in Round 15. 

The South Logan Magpies will look for a reset when they face Brisbane Tigers. 


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