Sharks ruth­less in win

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

A WEEK ago South Kolan and Avon­dale staked their claims for places in the North­ern Dis­tricts Rugby League grand fi­nal.

But af­ter 80 min­utes of rugby league in Miriam Vale it looks like it won’t mat­ter which team South Kolan plays to try and win back-to-back ti­tles.

With ev­ery club re­tir­ing the num­ber eight jersey for the week­end in mem­ory of James Ack­er­man, who died from in­juries suf­fered in a game the pre­vi­ous week­end, the mood was som­bre to start with.

South Kolan changed the crowd’s mood when it belted Avon­dale 52-16 in the 10 tries to three romp, and the Tigers will have plenty of men­tal scars to try and heal be­fore the fi­nals start in Au­gust.

The Tigers were un­der-manned but the Sharks were ruth­less and took no short­cuts in the com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory.

Fein­gaola Blake was in scin­til­lat­ing form and scored three tries and kicked five goals to en­sure the Tigers had a tough day out.

In the open­ing game of the round, Agnes Wa­ter de­feated Bur­nett Heads 46-31, with Jason Sykes cross­ing the line twice.

While in the main game Miriam Vale flogged an un­der-strength Gin Gin 94-12.

In his last game on home soil, Glenn Cox scored a try and kicked a goal in the mem­o­rable af­ter­noon.

De­spite the easy na­ture of the win, Miriam Vale’s Aaron Caus­ton had only praise for the Hawks, who trav­elled with just enough play­ers to con­test the game.

It could have been a dis­as­ter for the hosts if Gin Gin for­feited, but the Hawks stuck at it and played the game out.

The week 12 games will be played at Agnes Wa­ter on Sun­day and the Mar­lins play Avon­dale in the main game to start at 3pm.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see if the Tigers can re­cover from the loss to South Kolan and a win is vi­tal for Avon­dale’s hopes to claim the mi­nor premier­ship.

South Kolan plays Gin Gin and if cur­rent form con­tin­ues it could be an easy af­fair.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

IN AC­TION: Avon­dale Tiger Si­taleki Ton­gaonevai.

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