Round 22 Details
MATCH RESULTS: August 19/20 2006
Burleigh Bears 38 Paul Smith 2, Jack MacGougan, Casey Lyons, Matt Francis, Brendan Hoare, Ryan Wilson tries; Mitchell Herlihy 5 goals) def Ipswich Jets 24 (Alex Tafili 2, David Pamatatau, Tim McIlwain tries, Tim McIlwain 4 goals)
Despite missing a number of Keebra Park players who were victorious in the Arrive Alive state final over St.Brendans in Rockhampton last night, Burleigh ended their season on a winning note with a 38-24 victory over Ipswich after leading 20-12 at half time.
Tweed Heads Seagulls 38 (Michael Keating 2, Dane Evans 2, Matthew Nuttall, Trent Iselin, Harry Witt tries; Michael Keating 5 goals) def Wynnum Manly Seagulls 30 (Brendon ONeill 2, Luke Menhinnitt, Ben Cronin, Warren Jensen tries, Luke Menhinnitt 5 goals).
Wynnum led 24-16 at the break, but Tweed stormed home to win 38-30. Michael Keating's 2 tries left himi 1 short of Troyden Edwards for the top try scoring honour. Tweed actually finished the season equal with Wynnum on 22 points and had a 1 point better for-and-against but missed the finals on the "most wins" rule applied in FOGS competitions.
Norths Devils 66 (Ben Matterson 3, Jarrod Stack 2, Blayne Harling 2, Kieran Turner, Michael Bond, Rohan Ahern, Isaac Schwenke, Sam McPhail tries; Luke Capewell 8, Michael Bond goals) def Souths-Logan Magpies 6 (Brogan Gibson try; Mase Laulu-Togagae goal)
FULL MATCH REPORT (from the WEBMASTER):
A warm August afternoon greeted the players at Bishop Park for Souths-Logan's final hit out for 2006. Both sides were below full-strength, particularly the Magpies with Chris Sandow, Antonio Winterstein, Matt Sepelini and Miah Walters promoted to Qld Cup.
It was clear it was going to be the Devil's day from the start, with their first try scored in the second minute after a wayward Aiden Guerra bomb bounced back off an upright into the hands of Blayne Harling who scored untouched. From this point forward the first half was a procession, Norths scoring regularly to post 9 tries by the break and lead 50-0. The visitors only completed 2 sets in the first stanza, whilst Norths completed 16 of 19. Ben Matterson, in the unfamiliar centre position, front-rower Sika Manu and backrower Aiden Guerra were particularly damaging, finding plenty of holes in the Magpie defence.
Souths-Logan coach Peter Edwards kept his team in the middle of the field at half-time, and this tactic had some effect, with the vistors scoring the first try of the second half, courtesy of Brogan Gibson off a neat Mase Laulu-Togagae offload, but this would be the only time they would trouble the scorer, as they fell into error as the half progressed. Norths were also lethargic in the second half, and could only manage three tries, with the final 20 minutes of the match scoreless and a score of 66-6.
STATS: Pens: Norths 8 - 7; Scrums: Souths 8 - 5; Comp.Rate: Norths 22/34, Souths-Logan 11/21
Aspley Devils 46 (Troyden Edwards (2), Zac Webber (2), Matthew Baird, Charlie Fatoai, Vaughan Eriksen, Jacob Fauid, Simona Vavega tries; Jacob Fauid 5 goals) def Sunshine Coast Falcons 6 (Todd Wilson try; Anthony Delaivuna goal)
Aspley were never troubled in beating Sunshine Coast 46-6 after leading 24-0 at half-time. Troyden Edwards scored two tries to take him to the lead in the try-scoring stakes, whilst halves Jacob Fauid and Vaughan Eriksen were in devastating form, along with big prop Zac Hook.
Easts Tigers 34 (David Wood 2, Lachlan Tanzer 2, Matthew Klein, Dwayne Rigby tries; Brent Kuskey 5 goals) def Western District Panthers 28 (Adam Breen, Tino Vaasa, Brendan Altadonna, Liam McDonald, Shaun Maloney tries, Tino Vaasa 4 goals)
An injury ravaged Western Districts side pushed Easts all the way before going down 34-28 after trailling 24-12 at the break. Two converted tries to the Tigers just before half-time proved to be the difference in the end.
MATCH PREVIEWS: August 19/20 2006
All the finals spots decided, but last opportunity for 6 teams to finish the year on a good note before their "Mad Monday" in a repeat of the first round of the year.
Norths Devils v Souths-Logan Magpies Sat 10:45am Bishop Park
Previous Game: Norths 36 def Souths-Logan 14
Souths-Logan have crashed out of semi-final contention with consecutive 2 point losses to elimination semi qualifiers Wynnum-Manly and Aspley. With a number of players expected to return to Qld Cup this week, the Magpies will face an uphill battle against a Norths side which will be keen to put in a top showing before their week off next week. Surprisingly Souths have probably performed better in the last six weeks without their bigger name players and should really take this one to the Devils. "THE COMPUTER" tips Northjs by 10.
Aspley Devils v Sunshine Coast Falcons Sat 3.30pm Kirby Rd
Previous Game: Aspley 54 def Sunshine Coast 22
After walking a semi-final tightrope for the last four weeks, Aspley can finally relax, having finally wrapped up a finals spot with a heart-stopping victory over Souths-Logan last week. The Sunshine Coast have finally started showing the signs of a long initial season, crashing by over 60 points to Wynnum last week, but they will certainly want to finish the season on a brighter note. Aspley will miss Nathan Strudwick out injured, but will welcome back Alex Tallon. "THE COMPUTER" tips Aspley by 30.
Western Districts Panthers v Easts Tigers Sat 4:00pm Kev McKell Oval
Previous Game: Easts 32 def Western Districts 8
The Panthers close the season decimated by injury and may find things very difficult against an Easts side who have been very consisent all year. They still have some talented players in the side, and they will certainly not make it easy for the Tigers. "THE COMPUTER" tips Easts by 20.
Ipswich Jets v Burleigh Bears Sun 11.45am QLD Group Stadium
Previous Game: Burleigh 34 def Ipswich 4
Both these sides will think they could have been closer to a semi-final berth than they are, with a combination of inconsistent form and some close losses condemning them to the bottom half of the ladder. With both sides feeder clubs to the Gold Coast Titans, many of these players will find themselves training together in the off-season. It will also be a final opportunity for some of the players to put their hand up for inclusion in Qld Cup squads for next year. Should be an interesting clash. "THE COMPUTER" tips Ipswich by 6.
MATCH OF THE ROUND: Tweed Heads Seagulls v Wynnum Manly Seagulls 11.45am at Piggabeen
Previous Game:Wynnum Manly 30 def Tweed Heads 18
Tweed Heads have a chance to pull level with the other Seagulls of the competition, but even in these circumstances their substantial for-and-against advantage will be to no avail, as the FOGS countback goes to number of wins first, before for-and-against and Wynnum have them covered in this area. Tweed staged an amazing comeback against Redcliffe last week to come back from a 32 point deficit for a draw, whilst Wynnum were in sparkling form against the Falcons. Tweed as a club perhaps have a bit more to play for, as they need 2 wins from the 3 games v Wynnum to wrap up the South-East Club Championship at their first attempt. "THE COMPUTER" tips Tweed Heads by 6.
Redcliffe Dolphins BYE