Gla­di­a­tors vic­to­ri­ous

Close bat­tle till the end

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL SPORT - ❏ Bran­don Livesay

THE full-time whis­tle at Gayn­dah Sports Ground was nearly drowned out by cheer­ing fans and car horns.

Gayn­dah Gla­di­a­tors hung on to their lead and de­feated Theodore Roost­ers 30-28 in the week­end game.

It was close from the kick­off and mo­men­tum shifted be­tween the two teams.

The Roost­ers struck first off a slick line break and scored un­der the posts.

But the Gla­di­a­tors didn’t take long to an­swer as fiveeight Jeff Shad­ford scored on the restart to lock the scores at six all.

Roost­ers started pil­ing on the pres­sure, but wasted two over­laps on the try line.

Gayn­dah’s scram­bling de­fence couldn’t cope with a third over­lap and the Roost­ers crossed for a try.

An­other try to the Roost­ers had the Gla­di­a­tors in trou­ble with the score 16-6.

Gayn­dah was on the ropes again mo­ments later af­ter drop­ping a high kick in their own half.

Roost­ers looked cer­tain to score, but away­ward pass was fum­bled over the line.

With min­utes re­main­ing in the first half, Glad­i­a­tor Jeff Shad­ford chased down a grub­ber and scored.

At the break the score was 16-10 to the Roost­ers.

Gla­di­a­tors hit the lead 20-16 in the sec­ond half, with tries to Jay­bin Pearce and Vin­cent Vi­gnette.

But Roost­ers an­swered with a try of their own to edge in front 22-20.

Gayn­dah kept push­ing for­ward and Alex Matchoss scored in the cor­ner to give the home team the ad­van­tage.

Af­ter a long in­jury de­lay with eight min­utes re­main­ing, Glad­i­a­tor Troy Sawdy crossed for a try and the mar­gin was 30-22.

Roost­ers wouldn’t give up and scored in the fi­nal min­utes, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Gla­di­a­tors.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

DROPPED BALL: A big hit from Ryan Bernie causes the Roost­ers to knock on.

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