Roosters crow good signs in trial games
RUGBY LEAGUE: In yet another thrilling trial match, Biloela Panthers edged out hosts Calliope Roosters 22-20.
The premiers of the now defunct Gladstone and Districts Rugby League competition from 2016, showed plenty of great signs in the first competitive outing at Bunting Park in Calliope.
Roosters team manager Nathan Dodds said there were several players who impressed in a team that is preparing to make its debut in the extended Rockhampton reserves competition.
"It was a bit scrappy and there were a few players who have not played before or not played in a while,” he said.
"It was the same for the Biloela side as well.
"Christian Wentzel at full-back had a very high work-load.”
Dodds said there was a player who has returned to the game who showed good signs for the season proper which starts on March 18.
"Jimmy Radloff at centre is very skilled and fast and he has come back from a break,” Dodds said.
He said there was a big turnout of spectators on a day and night that had Calliope Roosters and Tannum Seagals as the women's trial and the A-grade battle between Valleys Diehards and Biloela.
Seagals were far too good for the hosts and they did not concede any points while piling on 48 themselves.
The Valleys A-grade men's side defeated Biloela 38-20 and Valleys coach Shaun Hobson was satisfied with the result.
"We played some good footy in the first half and stuck to our structures,” Hobson said.
"Bilo applied more pressure in the second half and maybe because we were in front comfortably at half time, we went away from our structures a bit.
"They were led by Peter Rogers and Ryan Wilson.”
Hobson said he was also impressed with the whole event at Calliope.
"One thing I want to say is that the Roosters put on a fantastic show and it was a pleasure to be there,” he said.
"It was a great atmosphere and it's great for the club.”
Meanwhile the trial matches at Albion Park between Wallabys and Valleys culminated with a last-minute draw.
Valleys scored at the death to level scores at full-time after Rance Coop dived for the try to put Valleys two-point down.
He converted from an acute angle.
Wallabys president Darren Martin said the day was a huge success with the club winning the Pre-Season Challenge Cup.
"A massive thank you to all the Wallabys that helped out at our fields,” Martin said.
"You made it a very successful day and raised much needed funds for the club.
"There were to many people to name individually, but personally it was great to see over 20 helpers there before 7am setting up the fields, tents and canteen as well as the ladies looking after the gate all day and others spending long stints in the canteen and kitchen.
"(It was) just great to see so many people making the club their own.”