Close call for Tigers as TDRL sea­son kicks off

Townsville Bulletin - - Local Sports - by Michael Thompson michael. thompson@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

CEN­TRALS coach Grant Bell has no doubts the lat­est sea­son of Townsville and Dis­tricts Rugby League will throw up a few sur­prises.

The Tigers were al­most beaten at the week­end by a Univer­sity out­fit many lo­cal league pun­dits would have con­sid­ered quite beat­able not too long ago.

But it was ob­vi­ous from the out­set that the Univer­sity of 2011 are not the ‘‘‘ re­build­ing’’ team of last year.

Cen­trals scraped home 22-20 at home ground Jack Man­ski Oval on Fri­day night, and vic­tory was only se­cured af­ter Univer­sity were de­nied a last-minute win on the back of a set of six at­tack­ing the Tigers line.

‘‘ It was not nec­es­sar­ily any­one’s game to own,’’ Bell said.

‘‘ Both sides felt their way out through the game, they sort of tested them­selves with a few things and de­fence was prob­a­bly the or­der of the day.

‘‘ From our point of few it was a good con­test and both teams at dif­fer­ent stages con­trolled the game.’’

A wet track didn’t stop new Cen­trals sign­ing Cameron Joyce from en­joy­ing a suc­cess­ful re­turn to the TDRL, scor­ing two tries, while ex-Bur­dekin Rooster Chip­pie Korostchuk and Pete Laity scored one try apiece.

Univer­sity also crossed for four tries thanks to Ro­gan Dean ( two), Rhys Mat­sen and Chris Faust, mean­ing goal­kick­ing de­cided the out­come.

‘‘ They’ve ( Univer­sity) got a good team, they’re go­ing to be very stiff competition for ev­ery­one this year and I think it says some­thing about the strength of the competition i t self,’’ Bell said.

‘‘ They’ve brought in some good play­ers and they’ve got a good side.’’

Bur­dekin got their sea­son off to a bang with a 52-16 ham­mer­ing of Sharks on Satur­day night.

The Roost­ers crossed the Sharks’ line 13 times in the one-sided af­fair, with Billo Mosby grab­bing a hat-trick and new play­ing co-coach Steve Shep­pard and Lee McLean notch­ing dou­bles.

D e f e n d i n g p r e m i e r s Brothers trav­elled to Char­ters Tow­ers and scored a 20-4 vic­tory over the Min­ers on Satur­day night, al­though the home team did give the blue and whites a tough fight.

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