Brothers defeat Tannum Seagulls
GLADSTONE Brothers had a perfect run during the weekend’s CQ Challenge Cup round against Tannum Seagulls.
The Gladstone club picked up wins in all three grades – under-20, reserve and A-grade.
In the A-grade a Seagulls knock on from the kick-off put Brothers over the chalk off the scrum in the opening play.
Brothers led four tries to one at half-time, but zero conversions left the score within reach at 16-6.
The second half of the A-grade game was plagued by ball handling errors in the dewy conditions at Calliope, but Seagulls’ second converted try put Tannum back to only four points behind at 16-12.
Although they threatened a come-from-behind run early in the remaining 40 minutes, Seagulls failed to maintain the elevated intensity needed.
Brothers coach Mark Graham was pleased to claim the 36-12 win against what has been an in-form Tannum squad.
“They’ve been playing well,” Graham said.
“And had we not marshalled well in the last quarter of the game, they would have had us like they did last time (we played them),” he said.
“But we came away with the money at the end of it,” the satisfied coach said.
Luke “Peewee” Vella finished the night with a hat-trick of tries, while Damien Hill stood out in defence.
Brothers Player of the Year Ben Platt also made a return from a knee injury.
Platt played half-a-game and Graham was looking forward to having Platt in the squad for the remainder of the season.
Tannum coach Wes Hallam described his team’s poor performance as a “big dint in the armour”.
“We were just terrible,” Hallam said.
“For the first 20 minutes of the second half we looked like we were back in it, but we turned too much ball over in our own 30 metres,” he told The Observer.
“At the end of the day we didn’t lose a grand final. It’s only the start of the second round. We’re just making it harder for ourselves to make the semis,” he said.
And while disappointed with Tannum’s performance Hallam still couldn’t discredit that of Brothers, who were “just kicking into gear”.
“They came out with a game plan and executed it well, so all credit to them,” he said.
Biloela’s tussle with Fitzroy Gracemere was decided by a conversion in the final minutes of the game.
Kicking from the sideline, the Fitzroy Gracemere converter had had little luck during most of the game, but when it counted he slotted the ball to give his team the two-point win, 30-28.
Panthers coach Alby Boynton said his team had no trouble finding gaps in the Fitzroy Gracemere defence, but failed to convert as opportunities went amiss.
Two certain tries went uncounted as the final pass in the first play was called forward before the second was knocked on in front of the open chalk.
Boynton said his team would be working on defence in the lead -up to next weekend’s match against Gladstone Brothers.