Eidsvold Ea­gles could not tame the Tigers

Mun­dub­bera takes the prize in Cen­tral Bur­nett

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

MUN­DUB­BERA coach Burt Bee­z­ley pulled on the boots once more to help his squad take on Eidsvold. The big men of the Cen­tral Bur­nett Rugby League came to­gether last Satur­day in Mun­dub­bera for the grudge match of the round.

Bee­z­ley said he loved play­ing against Eidsvold be­cause their young guys never stop com­ing.

“We had to be at our best to­day be­cause the Eidsvold Ea­gles have just had an in­jec­tion of some new play­ers who will toughen up their attack,” Bee­z­ley said.

“We can match it with them in the for­wards but they have some hard run­ning backs that I need to keep my eye on.”

The game was one of hard hits and solid run­ning from both sides with the Mun­dub­bera Tigers tak­ing the lead early and stay­ing in front all game.

At half time the score was very close 16-6 and the Eidsvold team was still very con­fi­dent of a win.

Eidsvold coach Steve Collins said ball se­cu­rity was let­ting his side down in the com­pe­ti­tion.

“If we can hold the ball for the full set we can win this,” Collins said at half time.

“Just those lit­tle mis­takes are cost­ing us dearly and if we can clean that up I think we can win this.”

The score af­ter the 80

TIGERS V EA­GLES: Eidsvold’s Dwin­nelle Luani gets the treat­ment from Tigers’ Neil Reinke and Dy­lan Wag­ner. min­utes was 36-12 to the Mun­dub­bera team.

The Tigers abil­ity to hold the ball for six tack­les paid div­i­dends.

Bee­z­ley has played for the Eidsvold Ea­gles for seven years and said his team-mates com­mit­ment could not be ques­tioned.

“I played in four win­ning grand fi­nals with that team and had the best foot­ball years of my life with the Ea­gles jer­sey on my back,” he said.

“They will get bet­ter as the sea­son goes on and I will not be sup­posed if we meet the in the grand fi­nal.” Satur­day be­cause Eidsvold would al­ways be his home.

“I lived in Eidsvold for most of my life and at the end of last year I moved to Emer­ald,” he said.

“For school and the op­por­tu­nity of get­ting a good job I live in Emer­ald, but Eidsvold is my pas­sion.”

Play­ing in the num­ber three for Eidsvold, West is a free run­ning cen­tre with a truck load of abil­ity.

The new rules in­tro­duced this year al­low play­ers to be reg­is­tered with two clubs andWest also plays in Emer­ald.

“As I was grow­ing up I can re­mem­ber watch­ing Burt Bee­z­ley play­ing for Eidsvold and now to be com­ing up against him seems a lit­tle strange,” West said.

“I thought he was the best on the field for the Tigers to­day and I would have liked for him to be still in the Eidsvold colours.” 1. Solomone Mahe dares the Eidsvold de­fence. 2. Naainy Fiefia charges through the line. 3. The Tigers kept stop­ping Blake Popp when he got the ball. 4. Tigers coach Bert Bee­z­ley is al­ways in the thick of things. 5. A try to Ea­gles winger Inesi Afe­mui. 6. Tyler West con­verts a try from wide. 7. Dwinelle Luani puts a hand in the face of Tigers de­fender Sosefa Tuakoi. 8. Solomone Mahe comes up against Sinia Pese and Blake Popp.

PHO­TOS: NOEL THOMP­SON

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