Warriors no match for Gatton
TRY as they did, the Queensland Farmer’s Warehouse Wattles Warriors were no match for the Gatton Hawks on Sunday at Platz Oval, the Hawks snatching the premiership points with a dominant 70-10 victory.
The performance hoisted the Hawks into the Toowoomba Rugby League top five.
The day was special for all involved with the Wattles Club, with life member and former club president and secretary Terry Doyle the special guest for the day. A talented footballer in his younger years, Doyle presided over the Wattles club in 1999, 2000 and 2005. He was club secretary for five years from 1994 to 1998.
Gatton hit the ground running in the A-grade match, five eight Hobie Willmett scoring to open their points account in the third minute. By the 20-minute mark, the Hawks were well in stride with a 22-0 points advantage.
The Warriors had to wait until the 23rd minute to register on the scoreboard, when front rower Jason Nightingale ran off acting half Jesse Keys after Wattles received a penalty twelve metres out to touch down. Brady Glass converted for the extras and Wattles trailed 6-22.
Gatton retaliated with two additional tries before centre Matt McCarthy skirted the sideline in the shadow of half-time in a powerful run to score Wattles second and final try.
The Hawks were well in control at half-time leading 34-10, before finding an extra gear to run in a further six tries on their way to victory.
The ever-dependable Nick Colthup was in fine form for Wattles, playing a strong defensive game while making quality gains with the ball. Consistent prop forward Nightingale was again among Wattles best along with centres Matt McCarthy and Luke Baker, McCarthy recognised with the players’ player award. Young under-18 player Jeremy Powne impressed coming off the bench in his A-grade debut.
Coach Cameron Hamblin has named the same line up to take on Pittsworth, with the addition of experienced forward Dan Sullivan coming on to the bench.
Gatton 70 (Jamie Dodt 3, Jacob Rose 2, Chris Dodt 2, Aaron Werth, Scott Cubit, Hobie Willmett, Travis White, Joshua Rose tries; Matthew Rose 8, Luke Dwyer 3 goals) defeated Wattles 10 (Jason Nightingale, Matt McCarthy tries; Brady Glass goal).
Byrne classy as reggies fall
Halfback John Byrne continually tried to ignite Wattles’ attack in a strong performance for the Warriors Railway Hotel, Allora reserve graders, who were defeated 70-16 by Gatton.
The Hawks ran in thirteen tries in the match, dominating the first half to lead 44-0 before five eight Brian Wilson, capitalising on some classy work by Tim Hentschel and John Byrne, touched down in the north east corner of Platz Oval. Byrne cleverly showed the ball five minutes into the second stanza before darting over from six metres out to the left of the uprights to have Wattles trailing 10-50.
With seven minutes remaining some quick thinking saw dummy half Luke Whitten snatch a smart try under the posts to add to Wattles total. Along with Byrne, centre Travis Williams and front-rower Alex Holihan were among Wattles’ better players.
A great effort by under-18 regulars Mark Duggan and Jordan Henry for stepping up to boost the reserve-grade ranks.
Gatton 70 (Clifford Brown 4, Damien Woolmer 2, Dalton Steinhardt 2, Wayne Marshall, Hobie Willmett, Jamie Tillack, Kane Taylor, Jae Andrew; Jai Taylor 8, Wayne Marshall goals) defeated Wattles 16 (Brian Wilson, John Byrne, Luke Whitten tries; John Byrne 2 goals).
Warriors cash in for first under-18 win
Wattles Allora Foodworks under-18 coach Doug Peardon sang the praises of his team loud and long after they nailed their initial win of the season on Sunday, defeating the Gatton Hawks 28-26.
Gatton dominated the first half to lead 22-8 at the break after Wattles tries by Jordan Henry and lock Liam Ross. Hooker Mark Duggan scored a smart try after lead up by five eight Matt Dixon, and front-rowers Tom Patterson and Carl Gale early in the second half to launch the Wattles revival. Gatton hit back but two further tries by Wattles’ back-rower Jake Dingle and fullback Travis Downie followed by a touchdown in the final minute to Liam Ross sealed the match for Wattles. Wattles 28 (Liam Ross 2, Travis Downie, Jordan Henry, Mark Duggan, Jake Dingle tries; Jordan Henry 2 goals) defeated Gatton 26 (Sam George, Zach Lencz, Chris Neuendorf, Wayd Nibbs, Luke Morrison tries; Chris Ryan 3 goals).
Wattles take on the Pittsworth Danes this Sunday at Pittsworth. Kick-off times are: A-grade – 2.30 pm, reserve grade – 12.45pm and under 18 – 11.30 am.