Wattles front-rower Carl Gale about to pounce on Goondiwindi back-rower Angus King in Sunday’s TRL under-18 clash at Platz Oval.
Wattles front-rower Carl Gale about to pounce on Goondiwindi back-rower Angus King in Sunday’s TRL under-18 clash at Platz Oval. Wendy Rees

Brothers unite for Wattles win

THE Duggan family tradition at Wattles continued with brothers Michael, Mark and Tony on the field together for Wattles for the first time in a 52-18 win against Goondiwindi in reserve grade on Sunday at Platz Oval.

With Michael still in the under-18 age group and now old enough to play seniors, he lined up in his second reserve grade game.

It was the first chance for Tony to play with Michael after he played last season with Mark.

Tony has played NRL footy for the Brisbane Broncos and professionally in England and now France and is playing a handful of games for his hometown club during the off-season.

In the reserve grade game, Tony showed his abundant class throughout, finishing with two tries to his name, as did Anthony McIntosh and Aaron Hooper.

Rob McIntosh, Josh McIntosh, Lauchlan Hoey also scored tries, with goals by Matt Tuiono 2, Michael Duggan 2, Anthony McIntosh and Damien McDonald.

The match was preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of coach Robert McIntosh’s uncle Rodney Murray who recently passed away.

In A grade, the Wattles TRL hopes took a beating on Sunday when they were edged out 35-34 by the Goondiwindi Boars at Platz Oval.

Hooker Liam Ross was again sensational with another awe inspiring knock, while back-rower Luke Baker and five-eighth Jeff Nielsen were also among Wattles best.

The National Farmer’s Warehouse Warriors led 16-4 after 10 minutes, but Goondi five-eighth David McGrady made it look easy as he ran in two tries to have the score 16-all after 22 minutes.

Wattles five-eighth Jeff Nielsen touched down twice before half time to give Wattles a 28 – 16 lead at the break. It was McGrady again who severely dented Wattles ambitions when he scored twice early in the second half to have Goondi trailing Wattles 28-29. Wattles copped the full force of an inspired Boars outfit defending furiously for the first 10 minutes of the new half.

A turning point in the game was a disallowed try in the clubhouse corner when winger Dale Dempsey dived over slamming the ball down centimetres inside the touch line.

Paul McGrady scored to give the Boars a 30-28 lead but when Goondi fullback Novan Munroe scored in the 54th minute, all seemed lost for the home side. Four-try scorer David McGrady put the match virtually out of reach with a field goal minutes from full time for the Boars to lead 35-28. Wattles were scoreless in the second stanza until Ashley Evans touched down after the full-time hooter.

Aside from Evans’ try, Nielsen scored twice for Wattles, with Dale Dempsey, Glen McMillan and Luke Baker also claiming four-pointers. Rob Woodbridge kicked three conversions and Brady Glass two.

Wattles’ “Allora Foodworks” Under 18 side trailed 22-18 at half time against the Boars, eventually losing in a high scoring game 46-36. Back-rower Michael Nauschutz was in superb form, and was rewarded with two tries for his efforts and Wattles Players’ Player and Player of the Match honours. Five-eighth Josh Henry and galloping front rower Lee Lousick were also among Wattles best. Aside from Nauschutz, Brandon Cubby, Josh Henry, Carl Gale and Jim Johnston scored tries, while Anthony McIntosh pocketed six goals.

Wattles head to Oakey on Sunday to take on the Oakey Bears. Oakey is coming off a rare draw last Sunday against Gatton, and will be firing to get back in the winner’s circle, but the Warriors agenda carries a little more urgency as they scramble to keep a grip on a finals appearance.

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