Isis Crush­ers Spring Cup

Lo­cal team crush­ing the opposition

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Shane Jones and Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

RUGBY:

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.

PHOTO: SHANE JONES

COM­ING THROUGH: Isis Crush­ers player Luke Wal­ters tries to break through the Fal­cons de­fence in their Spring Cup game.

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