Double take for Tigers at Intrust
Fearsome name and game for two teams
NOT ONE but two sets of Tigers mauled their opposition in Mundubbera’s biggest weekend of rugby league in recent memory.
The Intrust Super Cup weekend first featured a stunning win from the Mundubbera Tigers in the curtain-raiser.
Mundubbera took down the previously undefeated Gayndah Gladiators in a show of strength on their home turf.
In the main event, another Tigers team roared with victory.
East Tigers defeated North Devils in front of an 800-strong crowd of residents and visitors.
The Tigers got up early in the scoreboard with tries to Leon Eliia-Niukore, Queensland Residents representatives Billy Walters, Adam Crear, Linc Port, Charlie Galo and Brayden Torpy.
North Devils coach Mark Gliddon said his team fought hard throughout the game but couldn’t beat the strong Easts line-up.
“The Easts were a bit too good for us this afternoon,” Gliddon said.
“They controlled and played a lot of footy in the first half and there was nothing we could do.”
The Easts were a bit too good for us. They controlled and played a lot of footy in the first half and there was nothing we could do.
— Mark Gliddon
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Intrust Super Cup was a huge success, with the East Tigers taking victory over the North Devils 34-12 at Archer Park at the weekend.
The Tigers were well prepared, scoring a handful of tries in the first half, leaving the Devils scoreless until the 50th minute.
In front of around 800 spectators in Mundubbera, the Tigers pounced on every opportunity.
North Devils coach Mark Gliddon said his team fought hard throughout the game but could not beat the Easts line-up.
“The Tigers were a bit too good for us this afternoon,” Gliddon said.
“They controlled and played a lot of footy in the first half and there was nothing we could do.
“For example, earlier in the game they had completed 20 key sets and we only had 10 key sets completed, they had played too much footy.
“When we did get the footy, we played a bit better but by then it was too late in the game to do anything about it.”
Gliddon paid tribute to those who helped ensure the event was a success.
“It was a great day had in Mundubbera. It’s a lovely little town and the community was very friendly,” he said.
“The staff, players and myself enjoyed the experience of checking out the town and getting to meet our supporters.
“A huge thanks has to go to the committee and the volunteers who helped ensure the event ran smoothly.
“Our boys played hard but weren’t good enough today.
“We were missing some of our key players like James Taylor, but coming up to training we’ll be working on our last tackle play and defence.”
East Tigers coach Scott Sipple thought his team performed well.
“The first half the boys were on fire, they played well, but I thought by second half we were too relaxed which allowed the Devils back into the game,” Sipple said.
“We knew if we could hold the ball and complete the sets we could win as the Norths are out of the semis which made it harder for them as a team to win the game.
“We had a couple of injuries which hurt us, but this week we should find out how bad they are and make some corrections for the next week.”
Tries for the Tigers went to Leon Ellia-Niukore, Billy Walters, Brayden Torpy, Adam Crear, Linc Port and Charlie Galo.
Tries for the Devils went to Michael Lucas and Luke Pollock. member Gavin Ford said he was “stoked” with the Tigers win.
“It doesn’t get much better than that for a curtainraiser,” Ford said.
“The Tigers almost won on several occasions this season against the Gladiators, so it’s nice to see they could win today.”
By half time the Tigers held the lead 6-4 against the Gladiators, but by second half, the scoreline shifted with a try to Gladiators.
Gladiators member Clem Shadford said his players should hold their heads up.
“The boys played a good, close game, but we had a couple of men out due to injury which was unfortunate,” Shadford said.
“For the finals, we only have one more game until then.
“The injured players should be back which will help a lot but I can’t think of any faults, they all played well.
“The boys only made little mistakes but nothing we can’t handle.”
Mundubbera Tigers president Cameron MacDonald said the Tigers’ win over the Gladiators was one of the toughest games they had played all season.
“It was a really hard game and the boys stood up and performed really well,” MacDonald said.
❝ I thought by second half we were too relaxed which allowed the Devils back into the game.
— Scott Sipple
“Gayndah were undefeated until this game so hats off to the boys, they pushed hard and came away with a win.
“We did have a few injuries which wasn’t good news for the team.”
MacDonald had full belief his team could come back in the last five minutes and was impressed with tryscorer Bailey Kimber.
“I have the belief in the boys they can do that kind of stuff, but as long as they believe in themselves that’s the most important thing,” he said.
“We’re the defending premiers for a reason and blokes like Bailey Kimber, they’re talented kids and when they put their mindset together, they can accomplish anything.”
MacDonald was now focused on the next few weeks as finals loomed.
“That win for us is probably a mental win more than anything and with finals only two weeks away, a win against Gayndah will boost the boys’ confidence,” he said.
“We’ll just be working on our defence and attack around the middle.
“Once we have that right, the backs will have enough room to do anything with the ball.
“We know we have the talent out wide so we can just score tries.”
Several key Tigers players performed well.
“Dan Augustine stood up today and he played really well,” MacDonald said
“I can’t just name one as they all played well in the Tigers.
“Nathan Beazley played well out wide for us.
“The boys all did their job and I have no concerns coming into the finals.”
The executive committee for the Mundubbera Tigers consisting of Jan-Adele Hotz, Lucy Maddick and MacDonald said the event couldn’t have been successful without the help of the community.
“It ran really well. We had a sub committee that assisted us, the Men’s Shed had a representative, the Lions, the netball and the cricket,” Hotz said.
Women and juniors impress
The Central Brumbies juniors took to the field at 1pm and played until 1.30pm.
Once the juniors finished, the women’s football team took to the field.
A try in the last minute allowed the Central Burnett team to win the game, with the score being 36-34.
Central Burnett Rugby League secretary Melinda Thorburn said it was thanks to some players who drove long distances for the women’s game.
“I would like to acknowledge the six Rockhampton players that came down to help us; three of them played for Eidsvold and the other three played for us,” Thorburn said.
“It’s the beauty and power of rugby league – people will drive long distances to participate in the game.”
VICTORIOUS: East Tigers bring it home.
WINNERS: Tommy Butterfield celebrating with his teammates. PHOTOS: PHILIPPE COQUERAND
Brayden Torpy in action at the weekend.
Adam Crear goes in for the tackle.
LEFT: Linc Port is tackled to the ground.
The team heads off the field during half-time at the weekend.
The Tigers team were playing with their Men of Leagues socks for the first time at the Intrust Super Cup.
Delouise Hoeter, Luke Pollock and John Palavi running onto the field with the junior players.
Gayndah Gladiators played a fast set, ensuring they gained a few metres.
The Eidsvold women’s team getting ready to kick off at the weekend.
Jake O'Driscoll goes in for a try at the weekend.