Comets in finals
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.
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.