Sharks big men rule in battle

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

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.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN170515LEAGUE1

RUGBY LEAGUE: Reece Maughan dur­ing a game against Her­vey Bay at Sal­ter Oval.

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