Gundy Boars snare top honours
WHILE the Wattles Warriors' top grade side sunk to their seventh straight defeat on Saturday at Platz Oval, the gala event where Wattles clashed with the Goondiwindi Boars was a great success as a celebration of Reconciliation Week.
Barry Brown, an elder of the traditional custodians of the Clifton and Allora region, the Kambuwal people, officially welcomed everyone to the Wattles-hosted and inaugural Reconciliation Cup Day at half time in the reserve grade match.
In his welcoming address, Mr Brown outlined the significance of and meanings of Reconciliation Week, and the events that brought the week of celebration and recognition into being.
He then presented the Wattles first grade team with specially designed jerseys to be worn to commemorate the national event.
While Wattles would have rather celebrated the bringing together of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples with a season first victory, the honours and the first Reconciliation Cup went to Goondiwindi in a convincing 66-6 winning result.
Weather conditions were far from ideal, but Wattles supporters had their spirits lifted when centre Luke Baker charged over to score the first try of the match in just the second minute.
Wattles led 6-0 after Anthony McIntosh converted, but it was the single sweetener the Warriors would experience in the 80 minutes of play.
The Boars dropped into gear minutes later and managed to run in 12 unanswered tries on their march to victory.
Wattles defence was sadly lacking throughout, the Boars capitalising at every opportunity.
Lock forward Liam Ross tackled himself to a standstill, while five-eighth Burwood Robinson and backrower Aaron Scheid were also among Wattles best.
Wattles failed to harvest premiership points in either of their earlier lower grade games also.
The Railway Hotel, Allora Reserve Graders were beaten 44-28, after the scores were locked at 22 all at half time.
The first half saw the lead alternate to and fro, but three tries in quick succession immediately after the break saw Goondiwindi take control of the game.
Wattles' points came from tries to Chris Oliver, Aaron Vietheer, Matt Tuiono, Craig Pettiford and Damien McDonald, fullback Oliver also kicking four goals.
A gutsy second half comeback saw the Wattles Allora Foodworks Under 18 side almost steal victory.
Trailing 38-12 early in the second half, the Warriors ran in three converted tries to fall short of victory as the full time hooter sounded 34-38.
Wattles tries were scored by Brandon Cubby (2), Dale McAntee, Josh Henry, Jason Wilson and Jayden Baker, with Anthony McIntosh kicking five goals.
Wattles head to Toowoomba this Sunday taking on the Brothers Leprechauns in three grades.
Brothers are sitting just outside the top five on the Hutchinson Builders A Grade ladder, the Warriors determined to claim their first victory of 2012.
Matches kick off at 11.30am with under 18, 1pm for reserve grade and 2.30pm A grade.