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