City men, women clinch All Blacks carnival double
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE produced an awesome 80-minute display to win the Kev Yow Yeh Shield in Saturday's Gladstone All Blacks Rugby League Carnival at Marley Brown Oval.
The All Blacks were just too good for Rockhampton across the park scoring an impressive 44-18 victory.
Clinton Docherty was the star of the show for the Gladstone side, finishing with a hat-trick of tries.
Ashley Dodd was another to shine in both attack and defence, while big forwards Ray Kaestiner and Damien Blackman laid a strong platform.
Fullback Richie Dynevor was as solid as a rock, while the everconsistent Ronny Boseun also played well.
There was also success for the Gladstone Red Belly Blacks team who won a tough women's clash against Rockhampton 24-12.
Inventive five-eighth Gabrielle Blackman was the standout and thoroughly deserved the player of the match award.
Blackman was the architect of the Red Belly Blacks' attacking forays and was dangerous every time she got the ball.
Centre Sheena Docherty was also an eye-catcher, her bonecrunching defence earning the plaudits from a large and vocal crowd. Event organiser Richard Geesu was overjoyed with the response to the carnival and was pleased Gladstone won both matches.
'The day travelled very well, I was happy that all the work a number of volunteers put in paid off,' Geesu said.
'To have the two Gladstone teams win was just great and the response from the crowd was very encouraging.
'The day is about bringing the community together by rugby league and we did that, so it was a positive in that way.'
Geesu also wanted to thank all those sponsors and organisations who helped during the carnival.
'You can't hold these events without support and I would like to thank all our sponsors, the Gladstone District Rugby League and the Wallabys Club.'