Bat­tlers se­cure an­other win

Gutsy effort by the Miles Devils’ 12 in St Ge­orge

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LEAGUE: While they didn’t clinch a win at the week­end, the Miles A-grade Devils side put on an im­pres­sive show of strength and unity against the Drag­ons.

Play­ing the en­tire game with only 12 play­ers, the Devils nar­rowly went down by two points.

The fi­nal score was 36–34 to the Drag­ons.

Be­ing short on num­bers, the Devils knew it was go­ing to be tough.

St Ge­orge crossed the line first, tak­ing a 4-nil lead early in the game.

A fur­ther two tries were scored by the Drag­ons be­fore the Devils hit back with a con­verted try, bring­ing the score to 6–12.

Strong defence by the 12 Devils play­ers for the re­main­der of the first half pre­vented a Drag­ons ram­page.

The half-time score of 28–10 was not a re­flec­tion of the strength of the op­po­si­tion, but rather the Devils’ lack of num­bers.

Af­ter the break, the Devils opened the scor­ing, tak­ing the score to 28–14.

St Ge­orge crossed a fur­ther two times to lead 36–14 and that is where it stopped for the Drag­ons.

As in pre­vi­ous weeks, the Devils clicked into gear and came roar­ing back into the game.

The Devils scored the next four tries, and more im­por­tantly con­ceded no more points to St Ge­orge, tak­ing the fi­nal score to a nail-bit­ing 36–34 win to the Drag­ons.

It was an im­pres­sive dis­play of de­ter­mi­na­tion and unity by the Devils who, short on num­bers, to­tally out­played the Drag­ons in the sec­ond half in both at­tack and defence, scor­ing five tries to the Drag­ons’ two.

Try scor­ers for the Devils were To­mas Wil­liams with four, and Ash Dy­ball, Grant Pres­nell and Jamie Ker­wick with one each, with three con­ver­sions to Ryan Rayner.

Man of the match was shared this week be­tween Ash Dy­ball and To­mas Wil­liams, who were well sup­ported by the en­tire team, but in par­tic­u­lar Travis Rine­hart, who once again gave it his all.

The Bat­tlers re­serve grade side con­tin­ued its win­ning style, beat­ing the Drag­ons 28–22.

With the Drag­ons scor­ing first, the Bat­tlers strug­gled to find their mo­men­tum in the first half, go­ing to the half-time break with the Drag­ons lead­ing 16–6.

In the sec­ond half, a more de­ter­mined Bat­tlers side took the field, post­ing three tries and, for the first time in the game, were in front 22–16.

The Drag­ons then crossed the line, lev­el­ling the score at 22-all, with 15 min­utes left to play.

Spark­ing some fran­tic play from both sides, the Bat­tlers came out on top, with an­other con­verted try just be­fore the full-time hooter sounded, giv­ing them a 28–22 vic­tory.

This week’s man of the match was awarded to Steven Sewell, with two tries scored by Brian Ar­gus, and one each by Greg Symes, Hay­den Hoppe and Ja­son Pitkin.

Clay Lamb con­verted four from five at­tempts.

This week the Devils/Bat­tlers have a bye, while the fol­low­ing week­end they will head to Roma to take on Ci­ties.

Best of luck to Ash­ley Dy­ball, Clin­ton Tay­lor, To­mas Wil­liams and Bren­dan Dann, who were se­lected in the Queens­land Out­back A-grade side to play the cur­tain-raiser be­fore the South Syd­ney Rab­bitohs take on the Cow­boys in Cairns this week­end.

Huge con­grat­u­la­tions to Bren­dan Dann, who was also se­lected in the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion Un­der 20 Merit side af­ter com­pet­ing at the 47th Bat­tal­ion Car­ni­val in Yep­poon on the week­end.

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