Quilpie bows out
Augathella charges into grand final
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.
GROUNDED: Action from the Quilpie v Augathella clash.
RUN FOR IT: Rohun Wharton bursts through the line.