Brothers, Chargers fight to well-fought draw
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
FOR 80 minutes Gladstone Brothers and CQU Norths threw everything at each other in their CQ Extended League A grade clash at Marley Brown Oval yesterday only to finish where they started ? at level pegging.
Brothers opened the scoring in the 14th minute through a spectacular solo effort by five-eighth Clint Docherty be- fore the Chargers hit back with two tries in seven minutes to grab the lead.
A further Norths try against the run of play in the 33rd minute set up a 14-8 advantage for the visitors before Do- cherty grubbered perfectly for fullback James Radloff to post Brothers' second try in the 38th minute and set up a 14-14 halftime score.
Brothers skipped to an 18-14 lead courtesy of halfback Ben Platt 10 min- utes into the second stanza but Norths tries in the 60th and 63rd minute looked ominous for the home side.
Only Radloff's willingness to put his body on the line three minutes later saved another Norths try. Instead, it was Brothers who completed the scor-ing in the 71st minute when Docherty struggled over.
A missed penalty attempt by Radloff three minutes later could not stain an otherwise sensational game by the cus- todian. Also strong for Brothers were hooker Russell Groth, Platt, prop Ben Bultreys and centre Nigel Robertson.
Norths fullback Bradley Cameron was a constant danger in attack while back-rowers Andrew Dale, Brad Toby and Herewin Rangi produced powerful performances.