Sharks big men rule in battle
FOOTY in the bush, or at least in the Northern Districts Rugby League, has changed – it seems the days when wily players baffled their opponents with skill, speed and guile are gone.
These days it’s all about size and strength and those two attributes were on display, especially in the game between South Kolan and Avondale.
With light rain making ball handling tricky it was up to the big men in each team to do the hard work, and thanks to weight of possession South Kolan ran out 46-8 winners.
Fans gathered under the shelter at the bar and hiding under umbrellas let out sighs when the players ran into each other.
It might still be early in the season but it is hard to see a team competing with South Kolan’s size, strength and speed.
Burnett Heads had a less-than-impressive home debut and were outclassed by Agnes Water going down 28-4.
The return of co-captains Andy Filo and Omar Kime was to be a proud occasion but Agnes Water took the game up to the Cutters for the entire game.
Gin Gin’s woes continued with a 34-0 defeat at the hands of Miriam Vale.
After losing Danny Moran, back to Waves Tigers in the Bundaberg rugby league competition, and a few other quality players, the cohesion needed to compete with the Magpies wasn’t there.
RUGBY LEAGUE: Reece Maughan during a game against Hervey Bay at Salter Oval.