Raiders stomp Highlands 56-0
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
A RAMPANT Gladstone Leagues Club Raiders staked a strong claim for the QRL Central Division open title after scoring a sensational 56-0 victory over Central Highlands at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday night.
The Raiders were simply a class above, scoring 10 tries to nil against an ordinary Highlands' outfit who never seriously threatened on the scoreboard.
Classy hooker Dean O'Dowd was at his scheming best, scoring a hat-trick of tries in a superb performance, while new boys Damien Major and Robert David crossed twice.
Tannum recruit Major was one of the stars of the show, his combination with Raiders skipper Garry Brown proving a crucial component in many of the Raiders tries.
Other eye-catching performers were fullback Ron Craig who finished with 20 points, second-rower Michael Thaiday and interchange prop Brendan Rea.
Raiders coach Aaron Farrar, who led from the front was justifiably rapt with his team's performance.
'The boys played very well, it was a very even team performance from us,' Farrar said.
'Even though Central Highlands did not have their best, I thought the manner in which we won was a great sign.
Farrar said the Raiders' intensity in defence was a pleasing factor from his perspective.
'The commitment and talk in our defence was fantastic, we defended with purpose and really stuck to our task,'' he said.
'To keep any rep team scoreless is great and really gives the boys a lot of confidence for our next clash against Rocky.'
For the beaten Highlands, fullback Dion Callinan and prop Adam Foulstone tried hard.