Blackhawks upbeat Title tilt continues after fourth- straight triumph
THE Townsville Blackhawks believe the screws are finally starting to turn on their premiership charge following Saturday’s hard- fought 32- 10 win over the Northern Pride.
A second- half surge of tries from Carlin Anderson, Kyle Laybutt, Kierran Moseley and Jordan Kenworthy saw the Blackhawks score their fourth- straight win after overcoming a highly physical first half, which saw the Blackhawks lead 6- 0 at halftime thanks to an early try from Jordan Drew.
Laybutt got the Blackhawks’ fourth with a spec- tacular solo effort midway through the second stanza, kicking to himself through the Pride’s in- goal before making a spectacular dive to ground the ball just inches from the dead- ball line.
But the moment of the match belonged to the epic first- half foot race between Blackhawks winger Jonathon Reuben and Cowboys allocated speedster Gideon GelaMosby.
Gela- Mosby made an intercept in front of his team’s tryline and looked certain to run away with an all- important equaliser, but Reuben matched Gela- Mosby’s made ground, running the winger down and almost dragging him into touch.
The 22nd- minute foot chase proved to be a turning point, with the Pride unable to crack the Blackhawks defence until after halftime when Cowboys allocation Marcus Jensen got a fourpointer with a good sideline effort right after the break.
“That’s why I gave it the play of the day; Gideon scores there and it’s 6- all and it really changes their mindset, gives them confidence and changes our mindset as well,” Blackhawks coach Kristian Woolf said. “It was a massive play and footy is all about momentum, and making the play when it’s on. That’s exactly what Jono did.”
Temone Power crashed over for the Blackhawks’ second try less than 10 minutes after halftime, and while the Pride hit back through Troy Kapea just two minutes later, the gulf in class between the two sides began to show.
Anderson latched on to a short ball soon after Kapea’s try, stepping Pride fullback Kienan Grogan- Hayes to score under the posts, but Anderson’s eye- catching effort was soon outdone by Laybutt’s diving try.
Moseley put it beyond doubt on 67 minutes when he plunged into the Pride’s defensive line, stepping and fending defenders to make it 28- 10, and then Kenworthy added further icing to the result with his own barnstorming effort.
The Blackhawks won the revamped Foley Shield as a result and got a glimpse of what mid- season signing Francis Molo will bring after playing a limited but effective role
“He’ll play a bigger role next week because it’s not easy coming into a side,” Woolf said. “He trained with us once on Monday, had a captain’s run and had a couple of runs over at the Cowboys ... so I think he did a really good job.”
The fifth- placed Blackhawks emerged with injury concerns to Ross Bella ( concussion) and Drew ( leg), who were taken off the field in the second half, but both could be available for this weekend’s country round game against Ipswich in Winton.
The Blackhawks also made a pre- game change after first choice halfback Michael Parker- Walshe failed a late fitness test to an injured shoulder done in the club’s previous game against Norths, with Laybutt taking his place at No. 7 and Moseley slotting in at five- eighth.
HEAVY CONTACT: Townsville Blackhawks player Jordan Drew gets an offload away against the Northern Pride at Jack Manski Oval.