City team flexes up for 84- 1 rampage

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON michael. thomp­son@ news. com. au

TOWNSVILLE flexed its mus­cles against Cen­tral High­lands to score an epic 84- 1 win in Emer­ald.

Daniel Pick­er­ing and Shane Hack­ett scored three tries each in the one- sided con­test, which Townsville and Dis­tricts Rugby League ( TDRL) of­fi­cials hope will lead to a greater push for more grass­roots rep­re­sen­ta­tive games for lo­cal A grade play­ers.

The Townsville team was made up of play­ers drawn from TDRL A grade clubs and trav­elled to Emer­ald dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion’s bye week­end.

“Of course you’d be happy with a score like that,” Townsville coach Cameron Miller said.

“Un­for­tu­nately the High­landers weren’t the strong­est op­po­si­tion, or not as strong as we thought they’d be.

“There was big dif­fer­ence in the phys­i­cal­ity side of things but noth­ing can be taken away from our boys.

“They spent eight hours on a bus, popped into the ho­tel and then went straight out to the field.

“We had a game plan of be­ing strong up the mid­dle and with the for­ward pack we’ve got, we were able to do that pretty eas­ily.”

Miller said Hack­ett, from Univer­sity Saints, and Bow­man, from West­ern Li­ons, were among Townsville’s stand­out play­ers, as was Pick­er­ing, who played at cen­tre.

“Daniel was a class above to any­one else; he was ex­cep­tional,” Miller said.

“Shane was ex­tremely good with ball in hand and Nathaniel did an out­stand­ing job at full­back, even though he plays his club footy at half­back.

“I think our guys de­serve a lot of credit for what they did this week­end.

“It was their week off from TDRL and it’s four weeks out from fi­nals, but putting on this Townsville jersey means a lot to them.

“Hope­fully the rest North Queens­land re­gion gets on board.”

Miller said no other rep­re­sen­ta­tive team in the North Queens­land re­gion would have been able to match Townsville’s class.

“I don’t think Cairns or Mackay would have been able to com­pete with us,” he said.

“Even if we had stronger op­po­si­tion last night I don’t they would have com­peted with us.

“We stuck to our game plan from the first minute right to the end; we didn’t go away from it at all.” of the coun­try

TDRL rep player Daniel Pick­er­ing.

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