Pentath powers up
JAMES Cockrane, Callum Miller, Rob Stewart and Adam Byrne combined to score a brilliant try early in the second half for the winning Pentath-run side in Warwick men’s touch.
Pentath-run played the perfect first half of touch to lead 5-0 at the break.
Bluechip went into the game with two premierships in the past four seasons but past performances meant nothing on a cold Monday night at the touch fields on the banks of the Condamine River.
In the first minute of the second half, Marcus Stewart scored for Bluechip to boost the hopes of his side.
Soon after, Pentath-run took the ball from inside their own half to score a try which would even have impressed NRL coaches due to the teamwork, drawing of the man and excellent passing.
Cockrane rucked the ball up before Miller took it into the Bluechip half before passing to Robbie 20 metres from the line who threw the final pass to Byrne.
The only other score in the second half was the second try to Marcus.
He would have scored a third except for a diving tackle by his brother Robbie midway through the second half.
“I touched Marcus on the hip (to stop a try) but his boot caught my face in the follow through,” Robbie said.
The boot drew blood, Robbie left the field for a bandaid or two and didn’t return as his side was leading 6-1 at the time and they still had one player for interchange.
After the game, Bluechip player and 2010 Australian representative Phil Higgins vowed his team would return next season for another tilt at winning the team’s third premiership.
“We won the second half but didn’t win the game,” Higgins said. “They were just too quick and too fit for us tonight.”
Robbie put the victory down to the defence of his team in the first half.
Adam Byrne was the leading try scorer with a treble for the winners.
The three referees who officiated chose Pentath-run captain Robbie Stewart as best player despite him only playing three quarter of the game.
Marcus won the encouragement award and Greg Wallace was referee of the season.
Bluechip player Neil Vickers
WE have got to play simple, straight touch.
If we can control the ball, the tries will come.
Pentath-run is playing good touch.
Pentath player Damien Lawler
EVERYTHING worked in the first half.
Every now and then, things come together for a team and that is what happened to our team in the first half.
Our defence was unreal.
If you are four or five up, you have got to be confident.
We should win providing our defence holds up.
The moment we slacken off, Bluechip will come back.