Round 10 Details
Tweed Heads Seagulls 26 (Zane McCarthy 2, Dennis Gordon, Matt Lindsay, William Matthews tries; Trent Iselin 3 goals) def Burleigh Bears 10 (Dominic Devitt, Casey Lyons tries, Marty Paulson goal)
MATCH REPORT (from the WEBMASTER):
Perfect conditions for the coast derby between Burleigh and Tweed at Pizzey Park and it was the visitors who started the best and, on the back of two early penalties scored after only 3minutes when a good second-man play saw halfback Dane Evans put Dennis Gordon over wide out. This try was unconverted but 5 minutes later they were in again when hooker Matt Lindsay forced his way over near the posts despit a hint of obstruction. It looked like being a long day for the Bears whn another Lindsay break from 50 metres out saw Zane McCarthy score under the posts and Tweed had extended their lead to 16-0 in under even time. Burleigh steadied however and after finally getting a bit of a possession crossed themselves after some sustained pressure iwith interchange player Dominic Devitt forcing his way over after 25 minutes. The remaining 10 minutes to the break saw numerous errors with neither side really threatening and Tweed went to the break leading 16-6.
Unfortunately the first 20 minutes of the second half continued in the same vein as the last 10 of the first with both sides making mistake after mistake, much to the frustration of their coaches. In fact there was 12 scrums in the first 15 minutes of the half which gives some indication of the mistake rate. It was finally Burleigh who held on to the ball long enough to score with Qld U19 Maroon forward Brendan Hoare giving a nice ball for Casey Lyons to cross wide out narrowing the margin to 6 points with 15 minutes remaining. Unfortunately for the Bears they made a mistake virtually straight from the kickoff and Tweed capitalised with Zane McCarthy crossing from dummy-half for a simple try, Trent Iselin's conversion establishing a 12 point break. William Matthews put the issue beyond doubt four minutes later with a great individual burst, scoring from 30 metres out.
For Tweed Matt Lindsay and Zane McCarthy were the pick of the forwards well supported by Matthews. In the backs Evans and Iselin combined well, whilst Dennis Gordon caused the Burleigh defence plenty of headaches. For Burleigh, Brendan Hoare continued his good form of thr rep season and Matt Francis and Matt Host worked hard. The backs had an off day and never really troubled the Tweed defence. Ren Greentree was put on report late in the match for a high shot, but it looked fairly innocuous.
STATS: Penalties: Tweed 10 - 6; Scrums: Burleigh 17-13; Comp.Rate: Burleigh 20/35, Tweed 23/42
Western Districts Panthers 28 (Adam Breen 2, Ryan Corrie, Kristian Freed, Curtis Purssell tries; Michael Walker 4 goals) def Ipswich Jets 24 (Dean Bannermann, Matt McGready, Brenden Mazzer, Kailyb Gray tries, Tim McIlwain 4 goals)
Ipswich started well to lead 18-0 in even time, but Western Districts fought their way back into the game to only trail 18-12 at the break. A see-sawing second-half eventually saw the visitors grab the points 28-24.
MATCH OF THE ROUND:
Aspley Devils 39 (Matthew Baird 2, Chris Minehan, Chris Bella, Alex Tallon, Troyden Edwards, Stephen Johnston tries; Jacob Fauid 5 goals, field goal) def Norths Devils 22 (Sam McPhail, Blayne Harling, Luke Capewell, Dean Franckom, Steve Beaumont tries; Kieran Turner goal)
MATCH REPORT (from the WEBMASTER):
As expected both sides were further disrupted by injury with Luke Samoa being called up for Qld Cup duty for Norths and Josh Costello succumbing to injury for Aspley. For Norths Ex North Queenslander Steve Beaumont came into the side for Samoa, with Luke's younger brother Jacob and ex-Arana player Daniel Steins filling the vacant bench spots, with Qld Schoolboy Josh McGuire making his debut for Aspley with Zac Hool coming on to the bench.
The first ten minutes was all Norths with Aspley's defence virtually non-existent and firstly Steve Beaumont and then debutant 5/8 scored tries and another was squandered with the ball thrown over the sideline with an open try line beckoning. With regulat goal-kicker Luke Samoa missing however both tries went unconverted an Aspley were lucky to only trail 8-0. A mistake from Norths gave Aspley their first opportunity and from a well worked scrum move, Jacob Fauid founf some space and put winger Chris Minehan over in the corner, with a tremendous Fauid conversion into the wind narrowing the margin to 2. Norths struck back only 5 minutes later however when a cross field bomb was put down and lock Dean Frankcom took the simplest of rebounds to score, but a change of kicker had no effect and once again the try went inconverted. The injection of Zac Hook into the game lifted Aspley and they finally started to show a bit of starch in their defence and they drew level with 10 minutes remaining in the half when centre Chris Bella burrowed over on the fifth tackle. Five minutes later they had hit the front when a determined charge from Troyden Edwards saw hom cross after a well worked break down the right featuring Fauid, Alex Tallon and Minehan. Another tremendous conversion from Fauid had Aspley leading by 6, but right on half-time Norths responded when Aiden Guerra somehow got a ball away despite seeming to be well held for Sam McPhail to score. Once again the conversion attempt went wide and despite scoring 4 tries to 3, the home side went to the break trailing 18-16.
Aspley started the second half in tremendous style when fullback Scott Millar found sound room on halfway and provided a great ball for Jacob Fauid to take it forward and offload to Alex Tallon who scored beside the posts. Now leading by 8 points Aspley really lifted in defence with some great hits by Stephen Johnston a feature to quell a threatened Norths comeback. It was in fact Aspley who scored next when after a series of offoads Matthew Baird crossed in the corner with 25 minutes remaining. The next 10 minutes saw both sides defending well, but again it was Aspley who next breached the defence with a barnstorming run from Stephen Johnston from a tap earned him a richly deserved 4-pointer, the conversion extending Aspley's lead to 34-16. A penalty against Aspley in possession in the next set proved costly however with Luke Capwell weaving his way through to score, Keiran Turner's conversion narrowing the margin to 12 with 10 minutes remaining. Norths threw everything at Aspley for the next 5 minutes and got desperately close to scoring, culminating in a tremendous tackle holding Sam McPhail up in the corner when he seemed certain to score. From this set Aspley made their way up field and after a 40 metre break up the middle by centre Tallon, Jacob Fauid calmly potted a field goal to put the game beyond North's reach. Baird's second try from a scrum move in the final minute saw the final score 39-22 to the visitors.
Despite hobbling for most of the match with a foot injury, Jacob Fauid was tremendous for Aspley providing plenty of spark in attack and kicking well. Stephen Johnston was an absolute stand-out in the forwards well supported by Troyden Edwards, Simona Vavega and Zac Hook off the bench. In the backs, Scott Millar had a tremendous game at fullback, tidying up well and making some telling breaks. Alex Tallon also played well and pulled off a number of try-saving tackles. Josh McGuire also did well in his Colts debut and will be one to watch for the rest of the season. For Norths Aiden Guerra was the pick of the forwards well supported by Dean Frankcom and Jay Aston, who was always dangerous up the middle. Halves Luke Capewell and Blayne Harling went well, with Harling in particular proving very difficult to put on the ground.
STATS: Penalties: Aspley 11 - 9; Scrums: Aspley 5-4; Comp.Rate: Norths 21/31, Aspley 23/33
Redcliffe Dolphins 25 (Phil Daisy, Michael Wilson, Andrew Rickertt, Tim Yee, Matt Gillett tries; Tim Benson 2 goals, field goal) def Sunshine Coast 24 (Ben Whiddon, Russell Roche, Ben Harney, Luke Williamson, Darren Peck tries; Ben Whiddon 2 goals)
Redcliffe started well at home to lead 14-0 but the Sunshine Coast side fought back to trail 14-8 at halftime. They continued to go well in the second half and with four minutes remaining a huge upset looked on the cards with the visitors leading 24-18, but from a Falcon scrum win on the halfway Matt Gillett scored an intercept try to bring the score levels, and captain Tim Benson won the match with a field goal on the bell, to catapult the Dolphins to the competition lead.
Wynnum Manly 30 (Brendon O.Neill, Michael Chaplain, Bruce Kolio, Shaun Cotter, Aaron Brown tries; Luke Menhinnitt 5 goals) def Souths-Logan 26 (Craig Brown 3, Louis Makuare, Chris Sandow tries; Chris Sandow 3 goals)
The Magpies were left a couple of players short when 2 key players turned up late for the game, and this proved critical in the end with the Seagulls hanging on for a 30-26 victory which sees them replace the Magpies in the top 5.
Easts Tigers BYE
MATCH PREVIEWS: May 20/21, 2006
Another round affected by representative comments with Qld U19 players unavailable.
Burleigh Bears v Tweed Heads Seagulls Sat 10:45am Pizzey Park
The two south coast Titan feeder teams clash in what should be a spirited encounter at Pizzey Park. Both teams are coming off losses, Tweed by a bare two points to equal competition leaders Easts, and Burleigh from a disappointing loss to cellar-dwellars Sunshine Coast. Bears Qld U19 Maroons pair Brendan Hoare and Marty Paulson were in good from in the rep trial and will be looking to lead their side to a home victory. With both teams on 6 points a win is critical to keep in touch with the top five. "THE COMPUTER" tips Tweed by 10.
Ipswich Jets v Western District Panthers Sat 1:30pm Qld Group Stadium
A huge day of footy at Ipswich with 8 games culminating in a Legends of League match. In the Colts both teams have been disappointing recently and both will be counting on a win to restore some respectability. Ipswich come off a short turnaround, having played Norths on Monday night, whilst Westsern Districts have come off a bye and should be fit and ready to go. Ipswich have performed well at the QLD Group Stadium and should win if they play near their best, althoughthe will be missing big lock Manahui Te Heu Heu who has been elevated to Qld Cup. "THE COMPUTER" tips Ipswich by 8
MATCH OF THE ROUND:Norths Devils v Aspley Devils Sun 11:45am Bishop Park
A real test of depth for the two Devils team with a number of players unavailable for both teams due to Qld U19 and Qld Cup commitments. Aspley will be without Qld U19 players Nathan Strudwick, Charlie Fetoia, Keiron Lander and Michael Bond from the team that drew with Redcliffe at their last start, whilst Norths will be missing with Israel Folau, WIll Chambers , Ben Matterson and Isaac Schwenke also in the Qld U19 team, Daniel Issac elevated to Qld Cup, and Jason Poppi out with a long-term injury. Aspley will still have U19 Maroons Pat McPherson and Alex Tallon whilst Norths will have Aiden Guerra and Rohan Ahern from the same rep side to balance this. The match could be decided in the halves with ex Norths Junior halves Josh Costello and Jacob Fauid for Aspley up against youngster Luke Capewell and rookie Blayne Harling for the home side. "THE COMPUTER" tips Aspley by 8
Redcliffe Dolphins v Sunshine Coast Falcons Sun 11.45am Dolphin Oval
The Falcons will be confident coming off a solid win over the Burleigh Bears last week, whilst Redcliffe scraped home against the Souths-Logan Magpies in a game in which both teams were misiing their schoolboy stars. Redcliffe will be back to close to full strength this clash and it is hard to see the Falon side containing them. "THE COMPUTER" tips Redcliffe by 28
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Souths-Logan Magpies 11.45am at BMD Kougari Oval
The Magpies replaced the Seagulls in the top 5 last week 2 weeks ago and a win here would consolidate their position in the top flight. Wynnum Manly started the season well, but have struggled recently and will be looking to Qld U19 Maroon pair Bruce Kolio and Matt Smith to spark them against a Magpie side that are looking more and more like being a real premiership threat. "THE COMPUTER" tips Souths-Logan by 14
Western Districts BYE