Wallabys’ Ashley Dodd runs with the ball in the Valleys versus Wallabys game at Calliope Rugby League Fields.
Wallabys’ Ashley Dodd runs with the ball in the Valleys versus Wallabys game at Calliope Rugby League Fields. Brenda Strong

Seagulls stay on top of ladder

YEPPOON Seagulls are still on the top of the Challenge Cup ladder after a 26-12 win over Gladstone Brothers.

Brothers played Seagulls in Round 13 at Webb Park in Yeppoon yesterday. Seagulls were on the top of the Challenge Cup ladder after Round 12 with Brothers second, making this a highly anticipated game for rugby league fans.

Seagulls boasted the return of Comets players Matthew Minto, Nathan Barraclough and Nick Deaves owing to a Comets bye this weekend. Gladstone Brothers coach Mark Graham said it had been a hard game.

“We played well and there were not too many injuries,” he said.

Tyson Watt, Nathan Cameron and Jared Johnson each scored one try for Brothers, but no conversions were made.

“Our tackle count was enormous and we only averaged 12 players on the field for half the game after three players were sin-binned for 10 minutes each,” Mark said.

“Yeppoon Seagulls are the leaders of the competition for a good reason.”

In other Challenge Cup matches at the weekend Calliope beat Biloela 44 points to 12. Calliope spokesman Peter Masters said it was a great team performance for the side. Hooker Damian McAllister pulled off a hat-trick with three tries and played an outstanding game. Half-back Brendan Masters also scored two tries as did fullback Sam Ward.

“The Calliope forward pack dominated the Biloela forwards creating room for the back row to score tries.”

“Their training paid off giving Calliope their first win in a long time, but this brings new challenges with it that we now have to back it up and pull off a win every week now,” Peter said.

Meanwhile, Wallabys defeated Valleys 54-18 in A-grade and 50-14 in reserve grade. Wallabys president Adam Hamilton said the side remained pretty dominant throughout. Daniel Behan was a standout and was named man of the match.



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