Isis win first game against the Fal­cons

Rainy con­di­tions didn’t stop this team

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

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.

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