Wattles reserve grade five-eighth Anthony McIntosh looks for support in his side’s loss to Brothers at Glenholme Park on Sunday.
Wattles reserve grade five-eighth Anthony McIntosh looks for support in his side’s loss to Brothers at Glenholme Park on Sunday. Glyn Rees

Warriors lose after tight game

WATTLES National Farmer's Warehouse first grade side will have to wait another year for an opportunity to claim a season ownership of the Danny Ryan Memorial Trophy after they were outclassed by a slick Brothers outfit 54-20 on Sunday at Toowoomba's Glenholme Park.

Both sides battled it out in a very tight initial forty minutes, Brothers leading 18-16 at half time, before blazing 36 points to dominate the second stanza.

The Leprechauns seared across their home turf scoring nine tries on their way to victory.

Toowoomba representative Luke Baker crossed for two Wattles tries, and collected his sides Man of the Match points.

Brenden Wilson and Justin Van Der Poel pocketed tries while five-eighth Rob Woodbridge kicked two goals.

Hooker Liam Ross and lock Aaron Scheid were also among Wattles better performers in a very physical match, with coach Ken Riddiford impressed with the efforts of his debutante halfback Mark Duggan.

A significant loss is front rower come centre Ashley Evans with sternum and rib cartilage injuries that will sideline him for some time.

Evans has been without doubt one of Wattles shining lights of the first eight rounds of the 2011 TRL premiership, and leaves big boots to fill in the Warriors immediate future challenges.

In lower grades, it was a clean sweep for Brothers who collected the premiership points in Reserve Grade 34-30 and Under 18, 36-18.

Anthony McIntosh, Walter McIntosh, Michael McCarthy and Carl Gale crossed for the tries in the Railway Hotel Allora reserve grade side's loss, outside back Aaron Hooper showing his abundant speed to touch down twice in his return after missing Wattles last outing, Point scoring maestro Anthony McIntosh kicked two goals to add to the total.

Clever hooker Josh McIntosh, Anthony McIntosh, Walter McIntosh and John Blaine were all among Wattles best.

For Wattles Allora Foodworks Under 18's, Ashley Dempsey showed plenty of class with two tries, while bustling front-rower Lee Lousic also scored, Anthony McIntosh kicking three goals.

Consistent hard working forward Jimmy Johnson was Wattles best, well supported by Lousic and Dempsey.

The Warriors are on home turf at Platz Oval this Sunday taking on Highfields in all grades.



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