Close call for Tigers as TDRL season kicks off
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.