Northern Force's Tim McIntosh playing against Gin Gin at South Kolan.
Northern Force's Tim McIntosh playing against Gin Gin at South Kolan. Mike Knott BUN180617NDRL4

Force to be reckoned with as the serious stuff begins soon

RUGBY LEAGUE: Northern Force produced a rollicking 42-0 win against Burnett Heads to entrench itself in second spot on the Northern Districts Rugby League ladder.

The NDRL's newest team had many winners with Beau Elphinstone, Tim McIntosh, Shane Borninkhof and William Button all switched on as the quartet all scored two tries.

Unfortunately for the spectators, the game was called off at half-time.

"They failed to come out in the second half which was unfortunate and that was because they reckon they had some injuries,” Force coach Mick O'Sullivan said.

"Ten is the number of players you need for the games to continue.”

During the first-half action, McIntosh then polished off the great lead-up work from his team-mates with seven conversions.

The men from the Force will take on Gin Gin which are third and two games in arrears of Northern Force.

The game presents the opportunity to nail second spot and the double-chance for Northern Force.

"We always have a tough game against Gin Gin and they play up the middle a fair bit and we will take them on in the middle,” O'Sullivan said.

The Northern Force mentor said an Aussie Rules convert has caught his eye.

"He's come from down south and he's Matt McArdle,” O'Sullivan said.

"He's a bit raw and has had five games under his belt.”

The Force then has the bye on July 22 before resuming hostilities against South Kolan the following week.

South Kolan have not won a game, but the task gets a lot harder for Northern Force in the final minor round match.

It is likely to be a top-two encounter at South Kolan against the currently-undefeated Avondale on August 6.

The two teams have met three times - in rounds four, seven and 12.

The results were 38-18, 62-10 against a depleted Force and 36-18 in the most recent stoush on June 10.

Avondale have been nothing short on ruthless throughout the season with some mammoth wins.

O'Sullivan said there have been some good learnings from the games against the competition pace-setters.

"We have been slow out of the blocks in the first 20 minutes but have won the second halves,” Osullivan said.

He mentioned McIntosh and Ricky Noy as two of the more consistent performers so far this season.

Northern Force were formed to be a two-club and one-team model after Agnes Water Marlins and Miriam Vale Magpies joined forces at the start of the season.



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