Wattles dominate Diehards to consolidate top five spot
WATTLES dominated throughout at Platz Oval on Saturday night when they finished ahead of the Dalby Diehards 48-10.
The win helps consolidate their position in the top five and won the club the Rod Frahm Memorial Cup.
The cup came into being in 2007 in memory of Rod Frahm, a well-known businessman and league identity on the Darling Downs with strong links to both Dalby and Wattles clubs. The Warriors have won the cup on two occasions.
The win was particularly sweet for Wattles back-rower and club president Aaron Scheid, who was honoured before the match, having played 100 first-grade games in green and gold. Scheid, who learnt his league trade with the Wattles juniors, made his first-grade debut on April 4, 2004, in the Wattles 28-12 win over Newtown at Newtown Oval.
Dalby halfback James Galligan posted first points in the match on Saturday night with a fourth-minute try, but when Matt Duggan sliced though in the 11th minute, it signalled the start of a steady gallop to the try line by the Warriors.
The National Farmer's Warehouse Warriors led 28-10 at half-time in front of a big crowd courtesy of a Super Saturday run in partnership with Wattles junior club, a day of rugby league starting with under 7s at 11am and concluding with the first-grade clash that started at 7pm.
Wattles ran in four unanswered tries in the second stanza on their way to their third win of the season.
The Hentschel brothers, Ross and Tim, collected two tries apiece, as did damaging forward Matt McCarthy. McCarthy took player of the match honours. Matt Duggan, Brenden Wilson and Tim Hentschel were also among Wattles' best.
Wattles 48 (Tim Hentschel 2, Ross Hentschel 2, Matthew McCarthy 2, Brenden Wilson, Matt Duggan, Mitch Koina, Aaron Scheid tries; Jackson Green, Matt Duggan, Mitch Koina, Xavier Manley goals) defeated Dalby 10 (Fergus Gibson, James Galligan tries; Brenton McMillan goal).
The Railway Hotel Allora Wattles reserve graders maintained their spot at the head of the premiership ladder with a hard-fought 20-10 win over Dalby. Jared Petersen was the star for Wattles, with an outstanding all-round game and two tries, while back-rower Michael Nauschutz was a force to be reckoned with yet again after his above average efforts.
Wattles 20 (Jared Petersen 2, Michael Nauschutz tries; Brod Koina 2 goals) defeated Dalby 10.
The Dalby Diehards colts had the Wattles under-18 side's measure winning 48-22, after leading 24-16 at half-time.
Mobile back-rower Stuart Bougoure was judged the Allora Foodworks Warriors' best, with second-rower Jacob James and centre Garth Lonergan also in fine form.
Wattles' tries were scored by Josh Wilkins, Garth Lonergan, Stuart Bougoure and Dale McAntee. McAntee also kicked three goals.
The Wattles A-grade team has won three games and is in contention for a spot in the Madsen-Rasmussen Trophy final between the top-two teams at the end of the first round.