Round 17 Details

MATCH DETAILS: July 15/16 2006

Ipswich Jets 28 (Nathan Carney, Peter Poppi, Ryan Jones, Antonio Tuitaupe, Daley Cole tries; Tim McIlwain 4 goals) drew Tweed Heads Seagulls 28 (Michael Keating, Nicholas Daley, Harry Witt, Tom Kingston, Ryan Simpkins  tries; Michael Keating 4 goals)
Tweed Heads led 12-4 at the break, then 28-10 with 15 minutes remaining but Ipswich fought back late to force a 28-all draw in an incredible weekend of football.

MATCH OF THE ROUND: Burleigh Bears 26 (Ben Baggott 2, Robbie Witt, Paul Smith, Casey Lyons tries; Marty Paulson 3 goals) drew Aspley Devils 26 (Chris Minehan 2, Jacob Fauid 2, Matthew Baird tries; Keiron Lander 2, Jacob Fauid goals)
MATCH REPORT (from the Webmaster):
A fine sunny day greeted the players for this critical clash at Pizzey Park. From the outset it was clear that Aspley had "come to play" with a lot more talk evident than in their previous disappointing efforts., despite the unusual centre combination of Troyden Edwards and Fletcher Holmes with regulsr centres Alex Tallon and Charlie Fetoia out. A 40/20 from their first set by Jacob Fauid provided an excellent platform and some great ball movement in the following set saw Matthew Baird score in the corner, Fauid's conversion giving them a perfect start. A mistake from the kickoff gave Burleigh their first opportunity but despite some determined attack and consecutive goal-line dropouts the visitor's defence held.and they were next to score when after a penalty relieved the pressure a superb offload from Keiron Lander saw Fauid cross after 16 minutes. This sparked an attacking burst from the Devils with Chris Minehan grabbed a double in the next 4 minutes, both ironically from passes that missed their intended receiver, the first being mopped by by Fauid in his own twenty who broke several tackles before unloading to the winger, and the second when he picked the ball up 25 metres out and powered his way through in an arcing run. With both tries converted by Keiron Lander Aspley led 22-0 after as many minutes. After what had been an impressive start from a ball handling perspective, both sides struggled to maintain possession for the next 10 minutes, but it was the Bears who were next to score when after a rare scrum win against the feed a Marty Paulson break saw winger Ben Baggott score in the corner, Paulsons conversion hitting both the crossbar and upright before going over. Consecutive penalties from the restart saw the home side in an attacking position again, and Robbie Witt took advantage of a gap from 20 metres out to score, Paulson's conversion bring them back within 10 points trailing 22-12 at the break, with Aspley's backs depth stretched even further with Matt Baird taken off injured.
In stark contrast to the first half, Aspley's start to the second half was dreadful, with dropped ball and a penalty against them in possession allowing Burleigh to expose the Devil's defensive frailty up the middle with prop Paul Smith scoring under the posts after five minutes to narrow the gap to 4 points. It took a fair smattering of luck for Aspley to score their next try with a charge down by Michael Tierney forcing Marty Paulson to have to carry the ball dead, and after a clear knock on was missed by the match officials, a good break by Scott Millar led to Fauid's second try and pushed Aspley's lead out to 8 with 25 minutes remaining.  It only took the home side 5 minutes to fight back, when a good wide ball saw Ben Baggott force his way over wide again bring the margin back to 4. Despite Burleigh dominating possession Aspley held out for the next 15 minutes until a Robbie Witt grubber was dived on just short of the deadball line by Casey Lyons to level the scores 5 minutes remaining. A Robbie Witt field goal attempt with 2 minutes remaining went wide, but an Aspley mistake from the restart gave them another chance but Burleigh also dropped the ball after a promising run from Paulson, giving Aspley one last chance but after a Troyden Edwards grubber was recovered the fulltime hooter went denying Aspley a final shot at field goal, wth the result a 26 all draw.
For Burleigh Paul Smith went well in the forwards with hooker Matt Frances and interchange forward Tufoi Vea also prominent. Robbie Witt had a great game apart from being put on a report for a high shot klate in the second half, whilst Ben Baggott and Casey Lyons went well in the backs.
1st Half: Pens: Aspley 6 - 5; Scrums: Aspley 4 - 2 (1 a/f); Comp.Rate: Burleigh 12/17, Aspley 13/19
2nd Half: Pens: Burleigh 8 - 3; Scrums:  4 - 4; Comp.Rate: Burleigh 18/22, Aspley 9/15
Total: Pens: Burleigh 13 - 9; Scrums: Aspley 8 - 6; Comp.Rate: Burleigh 30/39, Aspley 22/34

Western District Panthers 12 (Ryan Corrie, Shaun Maloney tries; Tino Vaasa 2 goals) drew Sunshine Coast Falcons 12 (Henry Tardent, Peter Gough tries; Anthony Delaivuna 2 goals)
In damp conditions in a  game that never reached any great heights, but remained interesting due to the closeness of the scores, the Panthers and Falcons played out a 12 all draw, after being locked 6 all at the break.

Souths-Logan Magpies 34 (Mitchell McClelland 2, Craig Brown, Sam Setu, Robert Langton, Geoffrey Hunt, Dashae Francis tries; Cameron Moodie 3 goals) def Easts Tigers 24 (David Wood, Pueki Ofahengaue, Brent Kuskey, John Helu tries;Brent Kuskey 4 goals)
A patched up Magpie side got the jump on an out-of-sorts Easts side and led 20-6 at halftime. The Tigers turned in their customary second half fightback but Souths-Logan consolidated their spot in the top 5 with a 34-24 victory.

Redcliffe Dolphins 28 (Matt Gillett, Logan Sullivan, Michael Wilson, Matt Handcock, Angus Cameron tries; Phil Daisy  4 goals) def Wynnum Manly Seagulls 18 (Shaun Cotter, Matt Aitken, Aaron Brown tries; Chris McQueen 3 goals)
MATCH REPORT (from the Webmaster):
An overcast day with occasional showers greeted the players for the battle of the baysiders at Dolphin Oval. The first ten minutes saw both sides playing safety first football, with both teams getting good kicks on the end of solid sets, although Wynnum lost fullback Brendan O'Neill in this time after a head clash with Asher Elemani. A dropped bomb by Phil Daisy gave Wynnum their first opportunity but they were unable to capitalise and it was eventually the home side that scored the first points of the match, when, on the back of 2 quick penalties, Logan Sullivan made a break putting Matt Gillett over out wide in the 12th minute. The visitors were starting to make easy ground up the middle and were rewarded after 20 minutes a break by second-rower Adam Mansy and quick hands by Michael Chaplain saw Shaun Cotter, who had come on for O'Neill, score under the posts. Wynnum were getting on top and after missing 2 further opportunities after mid-field breaks, they did manage their second try from a scrum on the halfway which saw a backline move giving winger Matt Aitken an opportunity which he took brilliantly, the conversion from Chris McQueen in the absence of normal kicker Luke Menhinnitt, giving the Seagulls a 12-4 lead after 25 minutes. This try seemed to sting Redcliffe into action and they were next to score when a Joel Romelo chip kick was recovered by Matt Gillett, who this time returned the earlier favour, putting Logan Sullivan over, Phil Daisy's conversion narrowing the margin to 2. Redcliffe seemed certain to score again as Gillett, and Romelo made breaks with only a brilliant tackle by Matt Aitken on Phil Daisy saving a try. Redcliffe sufferd a blow 3 minutes before the break with Matt Gillett being sent to the sin bin for backchat after the Seagulls received their first penalty, but there was no further change to the score before halftime, Wynnum leading 12-10.
Heavier rain greeted the players for the start of the second half, and this brought on an attack of dropsy to both sides with the good ball control of the first half disappearing. Wynnum looked certain to score after another dropped bomb and subsequent penalty but the 12 man Redcliffe defence held. Matt Gillett returned to the field and made an immediate impact a determined run getting them close to the lone, before Joel Romelo threw a good ball to Michael Wilson who scored wide out, Daisy's conversion taking Redcliffe back to the lead 16-12. Wynnum's handling continued to deteriorate and Redcliffe took advantage, with a great offload from Asher Elemani seeing Matt Handcock, in his first game back from a lengthy suspension, crash over beside the posts and with 20 minutes to go the home side led by 10. They nearly scored the try of the match 2 minutes later when a backline move on the 5th tackle saw Matt Gillett clear, with the centering kick put unable to be recovered by Joel Romelo with the line beckoning, then after another Seagull error, Asher Elemani dropped the ball over the line after a break by Michael Wilson. Amazingly they then bombed a third when another 5th tackle run saw Romelo clear, but Logan SUllivan couldn't handle, admittedly under pressure from Brendan O'Neill who had returned to the field after having his head strapped. A penalty after a touch judge report finally gave Wynnum an opportunity with 10 minutes remaining and some good offloads followed by a wide pass from Matt Smith saw Aaron Brown cross wide out, McQueen's conversion bringing the visitors back within 4 points. Angus Cameron got his first run in the match with 5 minutes remaining and immediately had an impact, an offload putting Asher Elemani away, and then backing up to score beside the posts, sealing the match for Redcliffe, and once again having THE COMPUTER tip the result and margin at Dolphin!!!
For Redcliffe, Elemani was in everything on the back of a solid forward perfromance, particlularly from Logan Sullivan and Matt HAndcock. Matt Gillett also was a standout. For Wynnum, Adam Mansy was the pick of the forwards, with Nathan Beckett also working hard. Matt Aitken was the pick of the backs with limited opportunity whilst Matt Smith and Shaun Cotter also went well.
STATS: Penalties: 5 - 5; Scrums: Wynnum 9 - 6; Comp.Rate: Redcliffe 22/36, Wynnum 26/36

MATCH PREVIEWS: July 15/16 2006
Sounds like it could be a wet weekend with some tremendous games in store- enjoy the rain!!

Redcliffe Dolphins v Wynnum Manly Seagulls Sat 10:45am  Dolphin Oval
Previous Game: Redcliffe 36 def Wynnum Manly 14
Redcliffe had a comfortable victory over Wynnum Manly in the first round, and will be looking for a return to the winners list after being overrun in the closing stages to suffer their biggest defeat of the year last week against Norths. The Seagulls are also coming off a loss, having gone down to the Burleigh Bears last weekend, and whilst their win over Easts two weeks ago gave them some breathing space in the top 5, another loss will have them looking over the shoulders at the pack of teams chasing a finals berth.  "THE COMPUTER" tips Redcliffe by 10.

Easts Tigers v Souths-Logan Magpies Sat 11.45am  Langlands Park
Previous Game: Souths-Logan 46 def Easts 28
The Magpies pummeled Easts in their first meeting this year, but have been running "hot-and-cols" all year. Player of the Championship Chris Sandow has played 4 games this week, and has also been named in the Magpiues Qld Cup side, along with prop Toe Faaee, although it will be interesting to see if Sandow plays anywhere. Miah Walters was also named in the National Schools side and has not been named for Colts. Easts made easy work of a tackle-shy Aspley last week and look to have overcome the loss of David Georgiou and David Tyrrell to higher grade duties. The Magpies are clinging to 5th spot by a thread, whilst Easts retain a faint hope of picking up the Minor Premiership. Should be a great game.   "THE COMPUTER" tips Easts by 6.

Western District Panthers v Sunshine Coast Falcons Sat 4:00pm Kev McKell Oval
Previous Game: Western Districts 34 def  Sunshine Coast 22
This could turn out to be the match that decides the wooden spoon, with the Sunshine Coast certainly having to win to avoid that unwanted award. The Falcons but in a stromg performace against the Jets last week before going down by 8, whilst the Panthers were extremely disappointing against Souths-Logan after a good win against Aspley the week before. Hard to see the Falcons winning this one away from home.  "THE COMPUTER" tips Western Districts by 12

MATCH OF THE ROUND:  Burleigh Bears v Aspley Devils Sun 11.45am  Pizzey Park
Previous Game: Burleigh 38 def Aspley 18
On a weekend with a number of enthralling clashes, I have picked this as Match of the Round a loss in this would certainly eliminate either team from finals contention. Burleigh put in a great performance against Wynnum last week to win comfortably, whilst Aspley again put in a sub-standard performance to go down to Easts. WIth the Broncos on a bye, and a couple of Clydesdales back from injury, Aspley certainly have no excuses this weekend, and it is really time for their talented players tto put their bnext foot forward. This will be difficult against a Burleigh side that appears to be finding its feet after a disappointing start to the year.  "THE COMPUTER" tips Aspley by 4.

Ipswich Jets v Tweed Heads Seagulls 11.45am at QLD Group Stadium
Previous Game: Tweed Heads 38 def Ipswich 16
Only a scoring burst late in the frst half saw Ipswich overcome a determined Sunshine Coast side last week, whilst Tweed had a week off after a hammering from Norths the week before. Ipswich could easily be much further up the table, given the number of games they have lost narrowly this year, and Tweed will have to play well to avoid a costly defeat, although they have plenty at stake with a spot in the final five potentially on the line. Should be another great game to finish the weekend. "THE COMPUTER" tips Ipswich by 2.

Norths Devils BYE