Round 14 Details
MATCH DETAILS: June 17/18 2006
Wynnum Manly Seagulls 62 (Brendan O'Neill 2, Ben Cronin 2, Bruce Kolio 2, Ryan Brown, Michael Chaplain, Matt Smith, Nathan Beckett, Shaun Cotter tries; Luke Menhinnitt 9 goals) def Western District Panthers 18 (Brendan Altadonna 2, Adam Breen, Shaun Maloney tries; Kristian Freed goal) -
MATCH REPORT (from the Webmaster)
Western Districts will only want to remember the first 10 minutes of this clash as they started with some solid defence then scored the opening try of the match when ex-Sprana paler Shaun Maloney crashed over after an earlier offload had sent Tono Vaasa on a long break. Unfortunately for the Panthers, Wynnum Manly centre Ryan Chaplain scored from an intercept from which point the match was all the home sides. Next to score was Bruce Kolio, coming off a strong performance for the Qld U19 Maroons on Wednesday night, who careened 50 metres to score. Interchange forward Nathan Beckett set up the next try for fellow bench player and Qld U17 rep Shaun Cotter and Then Cotter turned provider for the next try with aline break that saw fellow U17 rep Ben Cronin score under the posts and Wynnum had jumped aweay to a 22-4 lead with 10 mins to halftime. Another Kolio break set his side on attack just before halftime, and a neat grubber from Robbie Congoo saw Cronin grab his second try with Wynnum leading 28-4 at the break.
The second half started with some scrappy play from both sides, but it was the visitors who were first on the board with a trademark dummy half try from Brebdan Altadonna to narrow the gap to 18 points but from there it was all downhill for the Panthers. Robbie Congoo and Luke Menhinnitt combine to put Nathan Beckett over in the 43rd minute, and with Chris Chaisty sent to the sin bin for backchat, the visitors defence collapsed allowing 2 tries while he was off, to Ryan Brown from a Menhinnitt break, then to fullback Brendan O'Neill from a sell worked move. An 80 metre Altadonna intercept try stemmed the flow of Seagull scoring, but simple tries through non-existent defence to U19 Maroon pair Matt Smith and Bruce Kolio and great goalkicking in the breezy conditions from Luke Menhinnitt had the home side leading 62-14, before a consolation try to winger Adam Breen, his 10th of the season, saw the final score 62-18.
There was not a bad player for Wynnum, with Kolio, Cronin and O'Neill prominent and Beckett and Cotter excellent off the bench. Altadonna, who only arrived as the game kicked off due to exams and started off the bench, was the pick of the Western Districts side, with centre Tino Vaasa and second-rower Shaun Malonet shining in a disappointing performance. In a bleak day for the Panthers, James Adamson was also put on report for a high shot.
STATS: Penalties: Wynnum 9 - 4; Scrums: Wests 5 - 1; Comp.Rate: Wynnum 24/38, Wests 16/29
Norths Devils 36 (David Kramer, Israel Folau, Aiden Guerra, Clint Matthews, Isaac Schwenke, Luke Samoa tries; Luke Samoa 6 goals) def Burleigh Bears 22 (Ryan Wilson 2, Marty Paulson, Tim Matenga, Matt Host tries; Justin Hunt goal)
A late converted try early in the first half gave Norths the momentum and margin needed to hold off a determined Burleigh side at Pizzey Park. Norths struggled to gain the ascendancy however managed to go to a 24-8 lead at the break, before holding on to win 36-22. Goalkicking proved critical with Norths only scoring 6 tries to 5 but 6 goals to competition top points scorer Luke Samoa proved a huge difference.
Ipswich Jets 38 (Dean Bannerman 2, Mananui Te Heu Heu 2, Antonio Tuitaupe, Nigel Naawi tries; Tim McIlwain 7 goals) def Aspley Devils 32 (Alex Tallon 3, Troyden Edwards 2, Jacob Fauid tries; Jacob Fauid 4 goals)
MATCH REPORT (from the Webminder):
Near perfect conditions for football at Kirby Road on a coolish afternoon saw the Aspley Devils welcome back a number of players who had been out through Clydesdales, Rep duties and injury. The Devils looked good in the first half, opening the scoring in the 5th minuite with a try out wide to Alex Tallon with Jacob Fauid's conversion giving them a 6-0 lead. Despite looking likely to extend this lead over the next 10 minutes, Ipswich hung in there and rewarded with a try of their own, when impressive lock Mananui Te Heu Heu plunged over. Alex Tallon was proving a real handful for Ipswich out wide and after he was held up over the line after a long break, the ball was spun wide for the Troyden Edwards to score, restoring the home side's 6 point lead. A mistake in their own territory soon after proved costly for the Devils with Ipswich hooker Antonio Tuitaupe strolling through some terrible mid-field defence to again level the scores. 12-12 looked as though it may be the half-time score, but an 80 metre try from Tallon followed by another try to Edwards after some good work by the forwards saw the home side go to the break with a comfortable 24-12 lead.
Aspley had some chances to extend this lead early in the second half, but after a couple of penalties Ipswich fullback again found a gaping hole up the middle to score under the posts, Tim McIlwain's conversion bringing the Jets back within 6 6 minutes into the second half. Four minutes later they were level when Te Heu Heu capitalised on an Aspley error 20 metres out to score from the base of the subsequent scrum. Aspley were stung back into action by this and firstly Tallon brought up his hat-trick from a good wide ball from Fauid on the 5th tackle, whilst Fauid himself scored a fine 60 metre try five minutes later to put Aspley 32-24 in front with 15 minutes remaining. Incredibly from this point on, Aspley did not complete a set, whilst Ipswich completed all of theirs. They were back within 2 when Nigel Naawi dashed away after a good blindside burst from the hooker, McIlwain's conversion from wide out, followed by a penalty from in front bringing the scores level with 7 minutes remaining. Eventually it was to be Aspley's midfield defence, or lack of it, that was to prove their undoing, with Dean Bannerman scoring a "replica" try to the one he had scored earlier in the half to give Ipswich a 38-32 lead. Aspley had a number of opportunities to equalise in the closing stages, but poor options cost them the opportunities and Ipswich clung on for a well deserved win, after a string of narrow losses.
For Ipswich, Te Heu Heu, Bannerman, Tyson Lofipo and Tuitaupe were all outstanding, well backed up by Brendam Mazzer, Lachlan Sippel and Kailyb Gray. Tim McIlwain's 7/7 kicking proved the difference with both sides scoring 6 tries. For Aspley, Alex Tallon had his best game of the year, with Jacob Fauid again superb. Second rower Mick Tierney also tried hard in a losing side.
After this performance Aspley clearly have a lot of work to do to be any chance of making the finals, with Keiron Lander also potentially in trouble again, after twice being put on report for lifting tackles.
Redcliffe Dolphins 22 (Phil Daisy 2, Asher Elemani, Jake Marketo tries; Phil Daisy 3 goals) def Easts 16 (Joe Richards, Chris Woods, Brent Kuskey tries; Brent Kuskey 2 goals)
Redcliffe again picked up another narrow win, with the game ending with a fats finishing Easts 1 metre short of the tryline allowing Redcliffe to win 22-16 after leading 18-6 at the break and 22-6 shortly after. The win gives Redcliffe a 3 point break at the top of the table and makes them firm favourites for the minor premiership.
Tweed Heads Seagulls 30 (Matt Lindsay 2, William Matthews, Nicholas Daley, Jay Mariconte tries; Michael Keating 5 goals) def Sunshine Coast Falcons 20 (Liam Anlezark, Danny McMah, Ben Harney, Russell Roche tries; David Peck 2 goals)
Despite a brave effort from am understrength Sunshine Coast side, Tweed moved back into the top five with a 30-20 win, scoring 5 tries to 4 with 5 goals to 2 blowing out the margin.
MATCH PREVIEWS: June 17/18 2006
Finally most teams should be back to full strength this weekend!!
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Western District Panthers Sat 10:45am BMD Kougari Oval
Previous Game: Wynnum Manly 40 def Western Districts 12
Wynnum Manly will welcome back their playmakers Matt Smith and Ben Cronin from represenattive duty which should spell trouble for a Western Districts side that fell to a much understrength Redcliffe side last week. With the battle for the fourth and fifth position really hotting up, Wynnum Manly cannot afford to lose this one and they should prove too strong for the Panthers. "THE COMPUTER" tips Wynnum Manly by 14.
Burleigh Bears v Norths Devils Sat 11.45am Pizzey Park
Previous Game: Norths 30 def Burleigh 20
Norths struggled to get over the top of Burleigh in the first round before running out 10 point winners. Burleigh's handling was dreadful last week against Easts and they wiull need to show a vast improvement in that area to be any show against the talented Norths outfit. Both Marty Paulson and Brendan Hoare put in strong showings in the U19 Maroons and their return will lift the Bears, but it is hard to see them getting close to the Devils, even at Pizzey Park. "THE COMPUTER" tips Norths by 16.
Aspley Devils v Ipswich Jets Sat 3:30pm Kirby Park
Previous Game: Aspley 26 def Ipswich 24
Aspley have named a formidable looking side for this clash, but with injuries through the Broncos and Clydesdales it is yet to be seen who will actually take the field. Ipswich all but beat Aspley in the first round, however their form away from the QLD Group Stadium has been disappointing. Aspley really need to win this one to be any chance of making the final five. "THE COMPUTER" tips Aspley by 10
MATCH OF THE ROUND: Redcliffe Dolphins v Easts Tigers Sun 11.45am Dolphin Oval
Previous Game: Redcliffe 32 def Easts 24
Only a converted try in the final minute to the Dolphins sealed their win in an exciting first round encounter, and this game should also be a beauty. Redcliffe have performed surprisingly well in the absence of their U17 representative players and their return this week will only boost the side. This should be a great game, with only the home ground advantage, and Redcliffe's uncanny abaility to win close ones seems to indicate a Dolphin victory, though a draw would not surprise! "THE COMPUTER" tips Redcliffe by 4.
Sunshine Coast Falcons v Tweed Heads Seagulls 1.30pm at Quad Park
Previous Game: tweed Heads 50 def Sunshine Coast 16
A win here could see Tweed Heads as high as 4th on the ladder, whereas a loss could seee then as low as 7th so they will have plenty to motivate them on the long trip to Kawana. The Seagulls really hammered the Falcons in the first round, and the home side is coming off a huge thrashing this week by Norths, however will be welcoming back some players from rep duty and injury. The Sunshine Coast have shown they are no pushovers at home having sent the other south coast team, Burleigh, home with their colours lowered, however it is hard to see them containing the Tweed side which has beaten Souths-Logan and Aspley, admittedly at home, in the last 2 rounds. "THE COMPUTER" tips Tweed by 12
Aspley Devils BYE