Wallabies in comfortable victory
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A PAIR of hat-tricks from Garry Brown and Ron Craig helped Wallabys to a comfortable 6016 CQ Extended League A grade win against Fitzroy-Gracemere at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday night.
The defending premiers were in outstanding form scoring 11 tries to three in what was a classy performance.
Fitzroy-Gracemere knew it was going to be a tough night, with Wallabys halfback Garry Brown returning to the side along with last year's premiership hero Graham Warde.
Another surprise member of the Wallabys team was gun Gladstone boxer Daniel Beahan who came off the bench.
Brown's inclusion saw Matt Baker go to five-eighth, while the versatile Ron Craig lined up at lock.
For the classy Craig, it doesn't really matter what number he has on his back, with another vintage display.
He finished with 28 points from three tries and eight goals. Craig's partner in crime on the night was the ever-creative Brown who showed plenty of life after being on his honeymoon last weekend.
Other strong performers for Wallabys were coach Aaron Farrar, winger Grant Stokes who crossed twice and workhorse second-rower Daniel Kerr.
To their credit Fitzroy-Gracemere never stopped trying with prop Bryce Wilks and gutsy halfback Roland Lea.
Wallabys also enjoyed success in reserve grade, accounting for a gallant Sharks line-up 34-26. Unfortunately the under-19's turned out to be a one-sided affair as Fitzroy-Gracemere belted Wallabys 112-8.
The Sharks scored 21 tries to two in a tough game for the under-strength Wallabys.