Dou­ble take for Tigers at In­trust

Fear­some name and game for two teams

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

NOT ONE but two sets of Tigers mauled their op­po­si­tion in Mundubbera’s big­gest week­end of rugby league in re­cent mem­ory.

The In­trust Su­per Cup week­end first fea­tured a stun­ning win from the Mundubbera Tigers in the cur­tain-raiser.

Mundubbera took down the pre­vi­ously un­de­feated Gayn­dah Gla­di­a­tors in a show of strength on their home turf.

In the main event, an­other Tigers team roared with vic­tory.

East Tigers de­feated North Devils in front of an 800-strong crowd of res­i­dents and visi­tors.

The Tigers got up early in the score­board with tries to Leon Eliia-Niukore, Queens­land Res­i­dents rep­re­sen­ta­tives Billy Wal­ters, Adam Crear, Linc Port, Char­lie Galo and Bray­den Torpy.

North Devils coach Mark Glid­don said his team fought hard through­out the game but couldn’t beat the strong Easts line-up.

“The Easts were a bit too good for us this af­ter­noon,” Glid­don said.

“They con­trolled and played a lot of footy in the first half and there was noth­ing we could do.”

The Easts were a bit too good for us. They con­trolled and played a lot of footy in the first half and there was noth­ing we could do.

— Mark Glid­don

RUGBY LEAGUE: The In­trust Su­per Cup was a huge suc­cess, with the East Tigers tak­ing vic­tory over the North Devils 34-12 at Archer Park at the week­end.

The Tigers were well pre­pared, scor­ing a hand­ful of tries in the first half, leav­ing the Devils score­less un­til the 50th minute.

In front of around 800 spec­ta­tors in Mundubbera, the Tigers pounced on ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

North Devils coach Mark Glid­don said his team fought hard through­out the game but could not beat the Easts line-up.

“The Tigers were a bit too good for us this af­ter­noon,” Glid­don said.

“They con­trolled and played a lot of footy in the first half and there was noth­ing we could do.

“For ex­am­ple, ear­lier in the game they had com­pleted 20 key sets and we only had 10 key sets com­pleted, they had played too much footy.

“When we did get the footy, we played a bit bet­ter but by then it was too late in the game to do any­thing about it.”

Glid­don paid trib­ute to those who helped en­sure the event was a suc­cess.

“It was a great day had in Mundubbera. It’s a lovely lit­tle town and the com­mu­nity was very friendly,” he said.

“The staff, play­ers and my­self en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence of check­ing out the town and get­ting to meet our sup­port­ers.

“A huge thanks has to go to the com­mit­tee and the vol­un­teers who helped en­sure the event ran smoothly.

“Our boys played hard but weren’t good enough to­day.

“We were miss­ing some of our key play­ers like James Taylor, but com­ing up to train­ing we’ll be work­ing on our last tackle play and de­fence.”

East Tigers coach Scott Sip­ple thought his team per­formed well.

“The first half the boys were on fire, they played well, but I thought by sec­ond half we were too re­laxed which al­lowed the Devils back into the game,” Sip­ple said.

“We knew if we could hold the ball and com­plete the sets we could win as the Norths are out of the semis which made it harder for them as a team to win the game.

“We had a cou­ple of in­juries which hurt us, but this week we should find out how bad they are and make some cor­rec­tions for the next week.”

Tries for the Tigers went to Leon El­lia-Niukore, Billy Wal­ters, Bray­den Torpy, Adam Crear, Linc Port and Char­lie Galo.

Tries for the Devils went to Michael Lu­cas and Luke Pol­lock. mem­ber Gavin Ford said he was “stoked” with the Tigers win.

“It doesn’t get much bet­ter than that for a cur­tain­raiser,” Ford said.

“The Tigers al­most won on sev­eral oc­ca­sions this sea­son against the Gla­di­a­tors, so it’s nice to see they could win to­day.”

By half time the Tigers held the lead 6-4 against the Gla­di­a­tors, but by sec­ond half, the score­line shifted with a try to Gla­di­a­tors.

Gla­di­a­tors mem­ber Clem Shad­ford said his play­ers should hold their heads up.

“The boys played a good, close game, but we had a cou­ple of men out due to in­jury which was un­for­tu­nate,” Shad­ford said.

“For the fi­nals, we only have one more game un­til then.

“The in­jured play­ers should be back which will help a lot but I can’t think of any faults, they all played well.

“The boys only made lit­tle mis­takes but noth­ing we can’t han­dle.”

Mundubbera Tigers pres­i­dent Cameron MacDon­ald said the Tigers’ win over the Gla­di­a­tors was one of the tough­est games they had played all sea­son.

“It was a re­ally hard game and the boys stood up and per­formed re­ally well,” MacDon­ald said.

❝ I thought by sec­ond half we were too re­laxed which al­lowed the Devils back into the game.

— Scott Sip­ple

“Gayn­dah were un­de­feated un­til this game so hats off to the boys, they pushed hard and came away with a win.

“We did have a few in­juries which wasn’t good news for the team.”

MacDon­ald had full be­lief his team could come back in the last five min­utes and was im­pressed with tryscorer Bai­ley Kim­ber.

“I have the be­lief in the boys they can do that kind of stuff, but as long as they be­lieve in them­selves that’s the most im­por­tant thing,” he said.

“We’re the de­fend­ing pre­miers for a rea­son and blokes like Bai­ley Kim­ber, they’re tal­ented kids and when they put their mind­set to­gether, they can ac­com­plish any­thing.”

MacDon­ald was now fo­cused on the next few weeks as fi­nals loomed.

“That win for us is prob­a­bly a men­tal win more than any­thing and with fi­nals only two weeks away, a win against Gayn­dah will boost the boys’ con­fi­dence,” he said.

“We’ll just be work­ing on our de­fence and at­tack around the mid­dle.

“Once we have that right, the backs will have enough room to do any­thing with the ball.

“We know we have the tal­ent out wide so we can just score tries.”

Sev­eral key Tigers play­ers per­formed well.

“Dan Au­gus­tine stood up to­day and he played re­ally well,” MacDon­ald said

“I can’t just name one as they all played well in the Tigers.

“Nathan Bea­z­ley played well out wide for us.

“The boys all did their job and I have no con­cerns com­ing into the fi­nals.”

The ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee for the Mundubbera Tigers con­sist­ing of Jan-Adele Hotz, Lucy Mad­dick and MacDon­ald said the event couldn’t have been suc­cess­ful with­out the help of the com­mu­nity.

“It ran re­ally well. We had a sub com­mit­tee that as­sisted us, the Men’s Shed had a rep­re­sen­ta­tive, the Lions, the net­ball and the cricket,” Hotz said.

Women and ju­niors im­press

The Cen­tral Brumbies ju­niors took to the field at 1pm and played un­til 1.30pm.

Once the ju­niors fin­ished, the women’s foot­ball team took to the field.

A try in the last minute al­lowed the Cen­tral Burnett team to win the game, with the score be­ing 36-34.

Cen­tral Burnett Rugby League sec­re­tary Melinda Thor­burn said it was thanks to some play­ers who drove long dis­tances for the women’s game.

“I would like to ac­knowl­edge the six Rock­hamp­ton play­ers that came down to help us; three of them played for Eidsvold and the other three played for us,” Thor­burn said.

“It’s the beauty and power of rugby league – peo­ple will drive long dis­tances to par­tic­i­pate in the game.”

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

VIC­TO­RI­OUS: East Tigers bring it home.

WIN­NERS: Tommy But­ter­field cel­e­brat­ing with his team­mates. PHO­TOS: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

Bray­den Torpy in ac­tion at the week­end.

Adam Crear goes in for the tackle.

LEFT: Linc Port is tack­led to the ground.

The team heads off the field dur­ing half-time at the week­end.

The Tigers team were play­ing with their Men of Leagues socks for the first time at the In­trust Su­per Cup.

Delouise Hoeter, Luke Pol­lock and John Palavi run­ning onto the field with the ju­nior play­ers.

Gayn­dah Gla­di­a­tors played a fast set, en­sur­ing they gained a few me­tres.

The Eidsvold women’s team get­ting ready to kick off at the week­end.

Jake O'Driscoll goes in for a try at the week­end.

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