Monto squeezes win over Gayn­dah

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery

THE Monto Roos head into the fi­nals se­ries next week with win­ning form be­hind them af­ter over­com­ing Gayn­dah in a tight con­test and now wait on other re­sults to see who they will play.

Monto Roos coach Mathew Dahtler said de­spite the Glad­i­a­tors com­ing off a heavy loss, the team ex­pected a hard game and got one.

“This be­ing Gayn­dah’s last home game we ex­pected it to be pretty tough,” Dahtler said.

“We played Gayn­dah ear­lier in the year and I’m pretty sure they only had 13 play­ers and they played re­ally well at home that game so we ex­pected some­thing sim­i­lar.

Monto won the game 16 points to 14 af­ter a tight con­test that had both teams trade the lead.

“The con­di­tions were just mis­er­able to­day, you prob­a­bly couldn’t get much harder con­di­tions to play in,” Dahtler said.

“The wind and the cold made it very dif­fi­cult for both sides and I’d say this would have to be one of the hard­est games we’ve had dur­ing the year.”

Dahtler said that last week’s big win wasn’t the best way to come into this game.

“Our game last week prob­a­bly made it more dif­fi­cult for us this week.” Dahtler said.

“But a nice tight game like this is as good a lead up to the fi­nals as we can have.”

Dahtler said with the fi­nals com­ing up tonight’s win wouldn’t be enough to keep the Roos in good form.

“We came here to­day know­ing we had to win to give our­selves a chance in the fi­nals but there is still no guar­an­tee,” Dahtler said.

“We’ve got work to do, some aspects of tonight’s game were dis­ap­point­ing.”

PHOTOS: ADAM MCCLEERY

HARD HITTING: Glad­i­a­tors cap­tain Damien Ge­orge tak­ing on the solid Monto de­fence.

Glad­i­a­tors lock Mal­com Lam­bell crosses for a try.

Monto winger Jar­rod Dath­ler al­most get­ting through the Glad­i­a­tors de­fence.

Glad­i­a­tors winger Daniel Brad­ford beats Monto winger Zach Lappin to the ball and scores.

Glad­i­a­tors Michael Medew and Joshua Robert­son knock the ball loose in big tackle.

Glad­i­a­tors full­back Mitchell Ballin picks up the loose ball and makes a run.

Gladiator prop Trent Ber­rie be­ing driven back by the Monto line.

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