Quilpie bows out

Au­gathella charges into grand fi­nal

Western Times - - SPORT - By AN­DREW MES­SEN­GER

RUGBY LEAGUE: QUILPIE’S shocker of a sea­son is fi­nally over.

The plucky lit­tle club fi­nally bowed out of the league on Satur­day, fin­ish­ing the com­pe­ti­tion in last place af­ter a de­feat at the hands of a resur­gent Au­gathella Meatants.

It was a sur­prise to no­body. Quilpie has had its least suc­cess­ful sea­son in years, un­vic­to­ri­ous de­spite com­ing off three con­sec­u­tive grand fi­nals.

Now the Mag­pies will not even have an op­por­tu­nity to de­fend the crown.

The team has been the bravest of the com­pe­ti­tion, driv­ing hours and bat­tling in­juries and ill­ness, yet fail­ing to register a vic­tory in 2015.

The game started badly and rapidly de­te­ri­o­rated for the Mag­pies, play­ing about two hours away from home.

By half-time, it was all over bar some in­juries at 38-6.

Shortly af­ter half-time, Meatant heavy Ben Sch­weizer crashed over a Quilpie de­fender less than half his size, straight through for a try un­der the sticks.

And the whole game was like that.

But the Mag­pies weren’t de­mor­alised. Bizarrely, Quilpie showed some of their best footy of the sea­son late in the game, long af­ter any hope of vic­tory had passed.

The Mag­pies ex­e­cuted a text­book pass­ing drill, mov­ing the ball the en­tire width of the field in the dy­ing min­utes of the match to ex­ploit a chance on the right.

It was a great mo­ment, but it was too lit­tle too late.

Quilpie scored just twice, with tries by Brock Crum­blin and Neil Smith se­nior.

Reece Lan­ders added a con­ver­sion, as did Crum­blin, to make 12 points.

Au­gathella crunched right through the Mag­pies, scor­ing a spec­tac­u­lar 15 tries.

Jar­maineWil­let and Ro­hun Whar­ton were top scor­ers with three, joined by Joe Eis­ing with a try and a sea­son’s worth of con­ver­sions.

PHOTOS: AN­DREW MES­SEN­GER

GROUNDED: Ac­tion from the Quilpie v Au­gathella clash.

RUN FOR IT: Ro­hun Whar­ton bursts through the line.

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