CBH beat People Resources in difficult, fiery match

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

A THREE-TRY burst midway through the second half allowed CBH Steelers to retain its Gladstone Touch Association men's first division title at Briffney Creek on Saturday night.

Steelers triumphed over People Resourcing 8-7 in an intense encounter in which tempers flared on several occasions.

With little separating the teams in a fast-paced encounter, Steelers made the most of their chance when People Resourcing were reduced to five players due to a sin-binning in the second stanza.

Victorious captain Matt Baker said his side had not performed at its best on the night, doing enough only to win.

'We did it tough,' Baker said. 'We let them make it close by making silly mistakes.

'We played well to score the quick three tries when they (People Resourcing) were down to five ... but after that we went back to playing park touch.'

However, from the sideline, the match seemed a highly-skilled affair with both sides launching well-worked attacking raids and showing disciplined defence.

Baker said the hot, humid conditions led to handling difficulties for both sides as players struggled to grasp the slippery ball.

Among Steelers' best perform-ers were Aaron Nagas, who topped the men's first division touchdown list for the season, fleet-footed Tarron Green and Andrew Manttan who played the entire match without being substituted.

However, it was youngster Chris Zwisler who most impressed, earning the player of the final award.

Senior People Resourcing player Cameron Kurtz said his side had performed strongly without several of its regular players and was unlucky not to topple Steelers.

I was quite surprised,' he said. 'No-one's beaten them this season ... we normally don't get near them.'

He said Brendon Gibb and Courtney Meares were outstanding for his side and praised Alan Marold for playing on despite suffering injuries during the game.

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