Souths Score Comeback Win over Phins
Round Two Match Review
After a wet and muggy morning at Davies Park, the afternoon’s sun peaked out just in time to dry the paddock for the Souths Logan v Redcliffe Dolphins match.
It was a hard-hitting opening to the game, with both team’s forward packs looking to test themselves early.
However, the first try came early thanks to bustling Phins winger Aaron Whitchurch who touched down in the third minute off the back of a handover from a Magpies mistake. While the visitors started well to post the first points of the second half with Opacic over for his second and an 18-6 lead – the rest of the half belonged to the Magpies who went on to score three unanswered tries to close out the game.
The Dolphins were unable to handle the wet conditions in the second half, with errors giving Souths the ball, then hope and finally the win.
Scott Doyle’s goal kicking boot was also on target and that proved crucial to the end result, with three conversions from four attempts and a penalty kick netting eight points for his side.
SOUTHS LOGAN MAGPIES 24 (Jamayne Isaako, Leon Panapa, Caleb Timu, Daniel Tamou tries; Scott Doyle 4 goals)
Round Two Match Review from the Nest
Coach Josh Hannay
Sunday saw all 4 grades play at Davies park in what was a great day overall for the Club with our Cyril Connell and mal Meninga sides both recording wins over the easts Tigers and the Intrust cup side securing an outstanding win against the Redcliffe Dolphins.
I was extremely proud of the performance of our cup side. At one stage in the first half we were behind 14-0 and at one point in the second half we fell behind 18-6 but to the players credit they never panicked and stuck to the plan. After weathering a challenging First hour of the game, we completely dominated the last quarter of the game and if not for the final pass going astray on a couple of occasions, we could’ve kicked clear even further. Redcliffe have come in to this season like any other as one of the fancied sides and they will be tough to beat throughout the season with the quality they have, so for us to win in the manner we did should give us great confidence and self-belief heading into this week’s encounter against the Townsville Blackhawks up in Townsville.
Playing Townsville this week means we will have played the “top 3” most fancied sides to win the competition in the first 3 rounds, and it’s a challenge that we as group have firmly embraced and we see it as a real opportunity to see where we are at as a squad.
I believe our players will certainly be up for what will be a massive challenge playing Townsville, but we can go up there full of confidence on the back of yesterday’s great win.
Tuesday night saw the cup boys visit both Mustangs and Centenary junior clubs.
They helped all ages, developing skills and playing games during their training.
You can read on the junior club visits in the “From the Training Paddock”
Sunday’s home game brought along a special visitor. Doug Stoneley was a member of Souths Reserve Grade Premiership side in 1945, the year Souths won all 3 grades. Jim Paterson brought his father Doug along to visit Davies Park and the club house, while hopefully watching a few minutes of footy. Doug is 91 and loves his rugby league, but unfortunately can’t get to games. His son Jim is a timekeeper for the Redcliffe Dolphins, Jim asked Doug who he was barracking for and all he did was point at his Magpies cap that Maddie had given to him. The Dolphin cap given to him by Jim has now been consigned to the rubbish bin.
“One again thanks you to the club for making it a memorable day for Doug. The staff are a credit to the club and please once again pass on our appreciation to the three ladies. Wishing Souths all the best for the coming season, you are now my number 2 team”.
Regards Jim Paterson
Souths Logan Magpies v Townsville BlackHawks
Jack Manski Oval | Saturday 19th March | 4pm