Isis Crushers Spring Cup
Local team crushing the opposition
IN A perfect night for the six-time defending Spring Cup champions, the Turtles defeated the Bundaberg West Barbarians on Friday night to start their reunion weekend in style.
Leading from start to finish they won 39-5, with the return of some of the club stalwarts to the starting line-up.
One of those was new Eastern Suburbs Rugby League coach Mat Templeman who came off the bench to play in full-back.
Another was Quade McGrory, and together they were too good for the Barbarians in the end.
Conceding it was a scrappy game at times, coach Luke McCloskey said the win was all that mattered.
“We played pretty well and are getting close to 100% again,” McCloskey said.
“It was a grinding affair and it was not as easy as we would have liked,” he said.
After also playing the game in commemorative jerseys, McCloskey said the reunion dinner on Saturday night was great for the club.
The Barbarians were disappointed in their discipline after having three players sin-binned at one stage of the contest.
“Our discipline was not good enough,” coach Matt Leighton said.
“We gave away too many penalties throughout the contest,” Leighton said.
He said the team must now regroup and prepare to improve more before the Christmas break.
In the other game The Waves Falcons were kept scoreless for the first time this season by Isis Crushers, 29-0, maintaining their pressure on the Turtles and the Pythons for a top-two spot.
The Crushers are now two games clear in third.
They will play the Pythons this week, with the Falcons facing the Barbarians.
With Isis taking the win last week and bonus point for winning by four tries.
Playing for the Crushers the match winners awarded player of match to Apaiata Lokotu.
Leading the team into the win were try scorers, Jake Bauer, Mapa Kailea and Apaiata Lokotu.
Coming up on December 3 is the Isis Crushers annual sponsors day and home game at the Childers Showground.
Locals are encouraged to support their local team and players and attend their next home game.
There will be an over-35s mini-carnival from 2.30pm to 4.30pm with five teams playing Caboolture Fossils, Hervey Bay Bats, Isis Sugar daddies, Bundaberg Rumruckers and the Gladstone Goats.
To show your support “Like” them on Facebook, Isis Crushers and be part of the game.
Isis Crushers train Wednesday afternoon at the Childers Showground.
COMING THROUGH: Isis Crushers player Luke Walters tries to break through the Falcons defence in their Spring Cup game.