Rocky Brothers? slick win
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
IT RESEMBLED an older sibling picking on a younger one when Rockhampton Brothers and Gladstone Brothers battled in yesterday's CQ Extended League A grade clash at Marley Brown Oval.
While there was not much difference be- tween the teams' jerseys, that's where the simi- larities ended as the Rockhampton outfit rat- tled up seven tries in a 46-18 victory.
After showing impressive pre-season form, Gladstone Brothers were left to ponder what went wrong in their season opener as a well- organised Rockhampton side took control.
Gladstone Brothers struck first early through a converted Leif Audet try but the visi- tors dominated from the 13th minute when Rockhampton winger Wade Gaukroger scored off a clever pass from centre Dimitri Rizzos.
Wayward kicking by Rockhampton Broth- ers' first-choice goalkicker Gavin Duffy kept the Gladstone side in the game longer than may have deserved but the home side looked flat and struggled to get out of their own territory.
Halfback Ben Platt tried valiantly to organ- ise his Gladstone Brothers runners, while sec- ond-rower Clint Doherty also sought to inspire with some determined runs and big hits. However, Rockhampton Brothers were too strong with back-rowers David Nixon and Da- mian Seibold, prop Jeff Bunt and Rizzos starring.
A BARRAGE of tries in the first half hour gave Wallabys a winning start to their Central Queensland Extend- ed League season, defeating Biloela 46-22 at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday night.
The score looked headed for a more embarrassing margin for Bi- loela with Wallabys cruising to a 34-0 lead before 27 minutes were up.
However, the Panthers fought back, capitalising on the home side's drop in intensity to restore credibil- ity to the scoreline.
VALLEYS A grade coach Aaron Earnshaw said his side would have to learn to play smarter football following its 38-16 CQ Extended League loss to Yeppoon at Webb Park yesterday. The Diehards trailed just 8-6 at halftime but could not repeat the performance in the second period.
'We've gotta play smarter ? slow down the play-the-balls, have quicker play-the-balls when we're attacking and use our club plays,' Earnshaw said.