Comets in fi­nals

Western Times - - SPORT - By AN­DREW MES­SEN­GER

LEAGUE: CHARLEVILLE looks to be run­ning away with the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter another big win over Au­gathella on the week­end.

The Meatants gave the Comets a tough fight – in both senses of the word – on a hard-bit­ten, dusty field at Au­gathella. Both teams re­sorted to the punch up, with a home crowd out for blood.

Charleville’s Daniel Bruce and Au­gathella’s James Bren­nan were the worst of­fend­ers, with the Meatant on re­port for an out­ra­geous brawl in­volv­ing half a dozen play­ers from both sides.

Charleville’s game started with some ap­palling luck, as the back-spin­ning ball ric­o­cheted off the cross­bar into the hands of Ro­hun Whar­ton, putting Augie ahead 6-0 in the sixth minute.

Min­utes later Jose Jensen nar­rowed the scores. Jack Spencer put the Comets out in front, sac­ri­fic­ing his ham­string in the process. He sat out the rest of the match.

Both Comets con­ver­sions were misses, leav­ing the scores at the half-time siren 8-6 in favour of the Comets.

The sec­ond half opened with an epic charge by Comet Leroy Hol­ley straight through an Au­gathella de­fence with their heads still in the shed.

Sud­denly fists were fly­ing in frus­tra­tion.

Both sides missed dozens of op­por­tu­ni­ties over the first half – there might have been six or seven tries gone beg­ging, ru­ined by knocks on and other un­forced er­rors.

Charleville’s 40-18 win has well and truly ce­mented their place as favourites for the grand fi­nal, only three week­ends away.

The nim­ble Comets re­ally ran away with the sec­ond half, with tries to Leeroy Holly, Nick Spencer, Josh McLeod and David Beatty, with the Meatant’s fi­nal ex­e­cu­tion de­liv­ered af­ter a run the length of the field end of the match by David Ross Lo­gan.

Au­gathella’s re­sponse – a try by Hoby Pegg off a run by the very ag­ile Joseph Eis­ing, a late try by Ro­hun Whar­ton – was too lit­tle, too late.

Next week’s game is be­tween Au­gathella and the Mag­pies, with Quilpie play­ing at home.

PHOTOS: AN­DREW MES­SEN­GER

MAD DASH: Play­ers scram­ble for the ball at the week­end’s game.

Nick Brook takes a very hard tackle in the week­end’s rough game.

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