Gladstone through to CQ top few
FOURTEEN tries were recorded as Gladstone Brothers defeated Wallabys 46- 26 in the reserve-grade rugby league at Marley Brown Oval at the weekend.
Brothers’ Lee MacBeth and Wallabys’ Jamie McKay both crossed the white for hat-tricks during the game but Brothers were too strong as they ran in nine tries to Valleys’ five.
Gavin Nicholas, Benjamin Meredith, Nelsen Corones, Alfonso Canendo and Pryce Trevor all joined MacBeth on the scoresheet for the blue and white, while Mick Duncan and Andrew Lockwood crossed for Wallabys.
Wallabys converted three from five attempts and Brothers five from nine.
In the other local game, Valleys had a convincing win over Calliope Roosters when they met at Marley Brown Oval also.
Sharing the scoring around, Valleys had five players over the line for seven four-pointers.
Shannon Chynoweth, Kane Jarvis and Chris Chadwick all scored tries, while Dave Ambrum and Joey Hayward managed two each.
Dave Anderson (2) and Luke Halliwell put three conversions through to finish their 46-point haul.
The Roosters also spread their tries out with four players – Alex Busby, Ken Woganot, Mace McDonald, George Nukunuku – scoring as many tries.
Two of the four tries gained the conversion points thanks to Craig Hogan.
An under-strength Tannum was outdone 26-20 by CQU Norths yesterday afternoon.
Seagulls were down to the bare 13 by the end of the match but coach Chris Bryson said his team “banded together with the help of some under-20s” to stay in the match.
“Our scramble defence was spot on,” Bryson said.
“Ball handling in our 20 metres let us down a bit but I’m happy with the commitment,” he said.
Tannum skipper Sandy Mitchell lead from the front, while Adrian Jenkinson earned the man-of-the- match performance for his team, closely followed by Justin Orchard. Seagulls are out of contention for the Extended League premiership, so Bryson said the team had turned all efforts towards securing an ideal position for the local finals. Brothers is the only local team in the Central Queensland competition’s top four.
Tannum, Wallabys, Valleys, Calliope and Biloela sit in sixth to 10th on the ladder respectively.
Ball handling in our 20 metres let us down a bit but I’m happy with the commitment.