Isis win first game against the Falcons
Rainy conditions didn’t stop this team
LEADING up to the Spring Cup match against Isis Crushers, Falcons president Nathan Freeman told the NewsMail he was struggling to find enough players to run out onto ATW Grounds.
Despite exceeding Freeman’s expectations, the Falcons makeshift team still fell short of Isis who ran out 17-8 winners.
Isis started with 14 players and 7 out with injuries. Past players donned the jersey and entered the game.
Mick Power joined the team to equal the playing field.
The rainy conditions were concerns for trainers and players.
Freeman said he was grateful for the support from the other clubs to help get them on the field.
“One of the other clubs gave us some of their excess players,” he said.
“We ended up with 16 players which was good.”
The victory wasn’t the prettiest to watch according to Isis captain Kale Hendle, but it was a win nonetheless
“Getting the nerves out in the wet conditions wasn’t the best. It was pretty sloppy,” he said.
Hendle paid tribute to his side’s defence, which was at one time down to just 13 players.
“I was concussed in the first half and taken off,” he said.
“One of our blokes was spewing on the sideline and he couldn’t go back on.”
The first try came from Brad Brighton and the conversion was kicked by Kale Hendle.
By half time Falcons were in front 8-7.
Isis coach Gary Maroney said he was impressed with the team.
Kale was sent off due to the blood rule and needed attention to a split nose.
Crushers take on Turtles this Saturday at Isis Showgrounds and Hendle said he was expecting a physical encounter.
“We have to play our game and not get drawn into theirs,” he said.
“Last year we had great support so hopefully the home crowd comes out and cheers us on.”
Waves play new team Bundaberg Pythons and Freeman said three core players would return to the squad and there had been some interest from others to train with the team.
Saturday Isis hope to include an u12’s team, kicking off at 2pm, under 14s at 3.30pm and the first of two A-grade games start at 5pm.
Isis coach encourages Childers to join in and support the team.
TOP TEAM: The Isis Crushers rugby union team at the Sugarbowl Cup game at the Childers Showgrounds earlier this month.