Loss damp­ens cel­e­bra­tions

Isis Town and Country - - Life -

ILL dis­ci­pline and a lack of ball se­cu­rity have cost Gin Gin Hawks a much-needed win in the North­ern Dis­tricts Rugby League com­pe­ti­tion against Agnes Wa­ter.

On Satur­day night the Gin Gin faith­ful turned out for the club’s 50th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions with past play­ers min­gling with the cur­rent crop.

Hawks prop Ash­ley Hel­more said it was a fan­tas­tic event with older play­ers re­gal­ing the crowd with tales from yes­ter­year.

“It was an as­tound­ing event with all the old boys from dif­fer­ent eras around,” he said.

“It was a great way to raise money for the club.

“All the cur­rent team were amazed at all the mem­o­ra­bilia and photos of the play­ers back in the day.”

Un­for­tu­nately the side was not able to take that mo­men­tum and sense of pride into the game on Sun­day af­ter­noon turn­ing in a lack­lus­tre per­for­mance against Agnes Wa­ter.

The side went down 24-18 and Hel­more said it was a game the team should have won con­vinc­ingly.

“It was a game where we got into an arm wres­tle and we should have won by 20,” he said.

Hel­more said the side led 8-6 at half-time but a poor sec­ond half dis­play cost them the game.

“We gave away too many cheap penal­ties,” he said.

“It wasn’t un­til the last 10 min­utes that we started to play footy, but it was too late.”

But the side will have to turn things around quickly as it takes on Bur­nett Heads who will be look­ing to avenge its 54-4 loss to Avon­dale.

“We ex­pect Bur­nett Heads to be at full strength and be a hand­ful, es­pe­cially at home,” he said.

“We need to win our re­main­ing games to make the fi­nals.”

The side will have to win with­out player coach Shane Blair and lock-for­ward Todd Blair who are both sus­pended.

In the round’s other game, South Kolan easily ac­counted for Miriam Vale 40-26.

This week­end Miriam Vale v Avon­dale at 12pm, Agnes Wa­ter v South Kolan at 1.30pm fol­lowed by Gin Gin v Bur­nett Heads at 3pm.

All games to be played at Bur­nett Heads.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

RUGBY LEAGUE: Gin Gin’s Ash­ley Hel­more in ac­tion against Miriam Vale at Bur­nett Heads last month.

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