Isis Devils con­tinue to fight for a sea­son win

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

THE Bund­aberg Rugby League sea­son does not get any eas­ier for the Isis Devils.

Af­ter leak­ing 170 points in their last three games, they con­ceded an­other 88 as they lost by the same mar­gin last Satur­day night against the Her­vey Bay Seag­ulls.

Un­for­tu­nately for Isis, the sea­son so far doesn’t make for pretty read­ing.

No wins, eight losses, and 504 points con­ceded at an av­er­age of 56 per game.

The only pos­i­tive from the game was a full bench to com­pli­ment the 13 on the field.

They will be hop­ing to build on that and add a cou­ple of re­cruits be­fore the end of the year.

Mean­while, it was a near-per­fect de­but for Seag­ull Ten­nessey New­man af­ter an elec­tri­fy­ing 50m dart­ing run, solid de­fence, the last try and a suc­cess­ful con­ver­sion.

With the Seag­ulls fac­ing an in­jury cri­sis, which has side­lined 12 play­ers, New­man got the nod af­ter a fan­tas­tic start to his Un­der-18 year.

He took the op­por­tu­nity with both hands.

The 18-year-old’s first high­light was a weav­ing 50m run through the Isis Devils’ de­fence. He was even­tu­ally brought down, but his big band of sup­port­ers in the stands cheered as if he had scored a try.

That was to come later, when he cap­i­talised on an Alex Braun break to score un­der the posts.

“I was ner­vous be­fore­hand, but I talked to the boys and they were pump­ing me up and get­ting me psyched,” New­man said.

“It was bloody fan­tas­tic play­ing with these boys. They wel­comed me into the team and I couldn’t be hap­pier.”

New­man has played for the Seag­ulls since he was in Un­der-10s, and re­turned to the sport this year af­ter a two-year break.

“He al­most scored one at the start, he got tack­led from be­hind but made a 50m run with his first touch,” Seag­ulls coach Tye Inge­brigt­sen said.

“It was sen­sa­tional to see a young fella come in and have the op­por­tu­nity.”

The Seag­ulls will now pre­pare to take on Past Broth­ers in an­other grand final show­down next week­end with Isis to gain a wel­come bye in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Ten­nessey New­man It was bloody fan­tas­tic play­ing with these boys. They wel­comed me into the team and I couldn’t be hap­pier.


SCORE: Char­lie Thomp­son scores for the Isis Devils in the cor­ner in the match agains tHer­vey Bay Seag­ulls on the week­end.

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