Mundubbera Tigers on prowl after late victory
LAST year was a lost cause for the Mundubbera Tigers, the wooden spoon an unwanted addition to the club’s trophy cabinet.
But the orange and black have shown early promise that 2014 could be a different story after toppling a South Burnett powerhouse at home.
The Tigers made a memorable start to their Central Burnett season with a last-gasp victory against the Kingaroy Red Ants in the best match of a huge game day at Mundubbera.
Tigers’ winger Neil Reinke was the hero of the day for the home side, crossing the line with just three minutes remaining to break a 22-22 deadlock.
The victory was made all the more sweeter after the Tigers players dedicated the emotional victory to long-time supporter John Howlett, who passed away recently.
“The win was for John as he was a long-time supporter and sponsor of ours,” Captain/coach Bert Beezley said.
“We dedicated the win to John and it was a bit emotional in the dressing rooms after the game.”
Beezley said the occasion was starting to get to him as the clock ticked towards the final siren, the game hanging precariously in the balance.
“I was nervous at the end and the nerves really started to kick in when it was 22-all as anyone could have won that game,” he said.
“But I felt really good and relieved when Neil Reinke crossed the line, and we just dug deep at the end and that won us the game.”
The Theodore Roosters showed just why they will be the team to beat in the Central Burnett competition, outclassing the Nanango Stags in the second game of Saturday’s triple header.
The 62–24 victory was their third straight to start the season, a run which
Roosters player-manager Ray Johnston said had continued from late in their first season back in the Central Burnett competition last year.
While the Tigers and Roosters made it a banner day for Central Burnett clubs, it was the opposite for the Gayndah Gladiators.
The Gladiators were demolished by a rampant Murgon Mustangs side, 104–20.
While Central Burnett sides plied their trade in Mundubbera, the Monto Roos had a weekend to forget, suffering a 72–28 loss to the Cherbourg Hornets inWondai.
The two-time defending premiers were humbled by the South Burnett champions in a loss which president Damien Hooper said would provide a lot of soul-searching.
“We’ve got to go away and work a bit harder and learn how to gel together,” he said.
“We need to work on our defence because Cherbourg’s speed beat us as they were very quick.”