Bloody end for Devils

Sea­son closes for Isis as team goes down to Wests in tough A-grade semi-fi­nal

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By BEN TURN­BALL

FISTS flew, bod­ies were crunched and fan­tas­tic tries were scored as Isis forced Wests to fight for ev­ery minute of its 28-20 win in the Bund­aberg Rugby League A-grade semi-fi­nal at Sal­ter Oval.

The hard-run­ning Wests for­wards were chal­lenged by their Isis op­po­si­tion and ev­ery me­tre made sapped valu­able energy from the big men.

Nei­ther team could build sig­nif­i­cant mo­men­tum and it was the class of the Wests halves, Be­van Page and Josh Gar­den, which made the dif­fer­ence.

Page and Gar­den did their jobs for the 80 min­utes and the Pan­thers made it through another week in the 2015 sea­son to hold onto the hope of a third-straight grand fi­nal ap­pear­ance.

The game didn’t fin­ish with­out drama as nu­mer­ous scuf­fles broke out around the ground.

Del­roy Tan­ner was sent from the field for the game early in the sec­ond half and young try-scor­ing sen­sa­tion Trent Seeds was given a 10-minute rest af­ter a fight broke out.

The equa­tion could have been tougher on Wests if Zac Dann didn’t get his march­ing or­ders ei­ther.

The play­ers re­fused to calm down and when Wests’ Joshua Tan­ner and Isis’s Si­mon Ric­cia­rdi came to blows, they too had a spell in the dress­ing sheds to cool their heels.

Wests Corey Tan­ner spoke af­ter the game and he said the game didn’t live up to ex­pec­ta­tions be­cause the play­ers, on both teams, were feel­ing the nerves as­so­ci­ated with semi-fi­nal football.

He did praise the way his play­ers stood up to the pres­sure Isis ap­plied and was look­ing for­ward to the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal.

Tan­ner added he thought lock-for­ward Ge­orge Kepa was the best player from Wests in the game and was glad he had the big-game ex­pe­ri­ence to call upon when needed.

Wests take on Her­vey Bay in the A-grade pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal this week­end against Her­vey Bay, the game will be a test of ev­ery­thing Wests have learned over the past sea­sons un­der coach Nathan Tan­ner.

Her­vey Bay will be hurt­ing af­ter los­ing to Broth­ers by two points and will come out fir­ing.

PHOTO: BEN TURNBULL

BLOODY END: Isis cen­tre Nathan Sul­li­van leaves the field blood­ied, like his team ex­ited the A-grade sea­son of the BRL, at Sal­ter Oval with a 28-20 loss to Wests.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TEAM: Back - Jack Rowan, Jack Cole, Matty Higgins - (CJ and Parker), Ash O’don­nell, Jimmy Bryant - (Gracee and Breelyn) Rob­bie O’don­nell, Si­mon Ric­cia­rdi - (Tyson and Ay­den), Peter Grant, Zac Dann - (Bella), War­wick Faye, Bill Trevor. Front - Tim Cole, Aaron Rat­cliffe, Ja­cob Klas­san, Gavin Dun­can, Peter Sip­pell, Justin Tay­lor - (Trin­ity), Nathan Sul­li­van - (Asha and Lexi).

PHOTO: BEN TURNBULL

ISIS DEVILS: Zac Dann, get­ting put down, gen­tly.

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