Late Gatton try ends Cup dreams
DESPITE a strong second half, the Warwick Cowboys C-grade side went down 18-16 to Gatton in the President's Cup final at Clive Berghofer Stadium yesterday.
Gatton had Warwick on the back foot early in the game and it wasn't until the ninth minute that Cowboys lock Nick Cussen took the play into Gatton territory.
After celebrating his 45th birthday on Friday, forward Paul Hallman led the Cowboys' early charges into the opposition pack.
Gatton centre Joshua Belz looked set to score but for excellent cover defence by captain/coach Mark Fowler and centre Jarred Collins.
Soon after, centre Justin Drier put Gatton up 4-0 with a try and five minutes before half-time, Gatton opted to take two points for a penalty from close range, which in the end was the difference between the two sides.
Gatton scored just after half-time when Warwick had halves James Jerome and Mark Fowler in the sin bin.
As is often the case, the loss of players to the sin bin galvanised the Warwick side and it had no trouble crossing the Gatton try line with a man down.
Second rower John Everingham and hooker Josh McIntosh scored early in the second half for Warwick. Leon Close converted both tries and the score was 12-all.
McIntosh scored to put Warwick up five minutes from fulltime before Gatton replacement Kerrod Smith scored a minute from fulltime.
Halfback Wayne Marshall landed the conversion from halfway between the posts and sideline for an 18-16 Gatton victory.
Fowler said it was a good hard match.
“Gatton came at us all game. We have no one else to blame but ourselves, our preparation wasn't too good,” Fowler said.
Dalby won its first trophy in A-grade with a 28-24 win in the Madsen Rasmussen Trophy final. Newtown won U18 and reserve grade finals against Valleys.