Killarney Cutters cut down Gremlins to secure 48-22 win
THE Killarney Cutters played their best half of footy in two years to beat Stanthorpe 48-22 at Charlie Andrews Oval on Saturday.
Fullback Michael Marshall scored three tries and landed four goals for Killarney.
After an unbeaten start to the season, the Cutters lost two games in the lead up to the clash with Stanthorpe.
Five-eighth Tyson Mitchell again impressed for the Gremlins with a try and three goals.
Cutters coach Neil Parfitt said the Cutters had a team meeting on Friday night when they vowed to get stuck in for the rest of the season.
"A team has to play good footy in attack and defence to lead Stanthorpe 34-0 at half-time. It is the best play I have seen in two years," Parfitt said.
"Aaron Bowman and Mick Bloomfield had blinders in the Killarney pack.
"We used all eight players off the bench in the second half which disrupted the team a bit," Parfitt said.
"Zylon Smith and Luke Phillipson both had good games off the bench."
Former Queensland Cup forward Josh Hancock played his first 15 minutes of the season for his hometown club.
Fellow Queensland Cup player Nick Parfitt felt a twinge in his injured hamstring midway through the first half and left the field so as not to aggravate the injury.
He is expected to miss the next two weeks.
The best for Killarney were Mick Bloomfield, Mick Bowman, Michael Marshall, Chris McGregor and Jeremy Jerome while Michael Skimmings, Wade Gannon, Chris Hills, Andrew Thorne, Clinton Thorne and Leon Karena were the best for the visitors.
Goondiwindi Blue made it six from six with a 68-14 win against Wallangarra.
Jake McCosker scored three tries for the winners and Wade Gresty landed six goals.
Goondiwindi president Peter Rice rated two of his big men, Andrew Lawrence and Sililo Stavenow, and hooker Steven Coote as his best.
He isn't getting carried away with the Blue unbeaten record in round 1.
"Three of our wins have been by narrow margins. They are a side which grinds wins out," Rice said.
In the other game, Tenterfield scored a 70-12 victory against Goondiwindi Maroon.
Goondiwindi Blue lead the competition with 12 points from Inglewood on 10 with Killarney and Tenterfield on eight.
Killarney 48 (Michael Marshall 3, Nick Parfitt, Dion Galloway, Chris McGregor, Brett Lambert, John Trindall, Michael Bloomfield, Xylon Smith tries, Michael Marshall 4 goals) d Stanthorpe 22 (Brad Crisp, Steven Savio, Liam Lawton, Tyson Mitchell tries, Tyson Mitchell 3 goals).