Another incredible weekend of action in the Intrust Super Cup as a full round of seven games completed Round 19.
There’s plenty of talking points too. Not one but two high scoring draws, one featuring two of the competitions form sides. There was the PNG Hunters being pushed by their nemesis Sunshine Coast. Three teams (Mackay, Northern Pride and Redcliffe) all had vital wins to stay in finals contention. Finally at Wynnum, two of the competitions heavyweights played out a tense game that eventually went to Ipswich.
It’s a shame with all the above action that the only bit of airplay the Intrust Super Cup got in the local Monday newspaper focused on the most negative aspect to the whole weekend with all but one paragraph devoted to an off field incident with Chris Walker.
With the Intrust Super Cup in the best shape it has been in for ages (just check out the last three TV Games for proof) and slowly recovering from some really tragic events not so long ago, highlighting some of the really good points of this great competition would be as much as it deserves.
LADDER: Townsville 33 (+430), PNG Hunters 31 (+166), Wynnum-Manly 28 (+183), Ipswich 28 (+170), Easts 24 (+167), Mackay 24 (+106), Northern Pride 22 (+24), Redcliffe 19 (+69), Burleigh 18 (-225), Tweed Heads 15 (-53), Souths Logan 15 (-128), Sunshine Coast 13 (-165), Norths 10 (-320), CQ Capras 6 (-424)
IPSWICH JETS 16 def WYNNUM MNALY SEAGULLS 12 @ BMD Kougari Oval (H/T Wyn 8-0)
Two of the Intrust Super Cup’s proven performers kicked off the weekend of action in a twilight fixture on Brisbane’s bayside in a much anticipated clash of third v fourth.
It was all Wynnum Manly in the first half as their quality defence kept the competition’s most unpredictable attack scoreless in the first 40 minutes, all whilst posting two tries of their to lead 8-0 at the break.
That defence was tested in the second half and eventually relented as the Jets put on their first try in the 55th minute, and just seven minutes later was breached again when Ipswich scored their second to lead 10-8.
With a tight finish looking likely the home side took the opportunity for two points twice and edged ahead 12-10 with not long to go. But Ipswich did what they did best and with a few minutes to go broke the Seagulls line for the third and final time to hit the front 16-12. Wynnum did have one last chance to snatch a win, but a big last ditch tackle from Daniel Vidot ensured Ipswich got the two points and moved into equal third with their opponents. Just 13 points of for and against separate the two sides now.
Ipswich return to Ipswich next weekend for the visit of Norths and Wynnum heads to the Tweed for the second instalment of the battle of the gulls.
A shout out to the excellent live streaming service on offer for the game. It sure beat the Newcastle v Gold Coast game.
MACKAY CUTTERS 46 def BURLEIGH BEARS 4 @ Stadium Mackay (H/T 28-4)
Mackay Cutters continued their progress into finals contention as they poured more misery on the Burleigh Bears on Saturday night in Mackay. The Bears came into the match on the back of three losses for the combined total of 134 against and 20 for, and the 46-4 loss suffered hasn’t helped that statistic.
Mackay will welcome the dominant display straight after the bye last week, and the game was well in control as their five first half tries to one gave them a very handy and defendable 28-4 lead at half time.
Try as Burleigh did, they weren’t able to bridge the half time deficit, and more tries to Mackay completed the bad night out for the Bears and a 46 – 4 loss.
Mackay will be looking to extinguish the Dolphins charge to the finals at Redcliffe next weekend, whilst Burleigh will eye off a home game against Souths Logan as a chance to get back on the winner’s list.
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 28 def CENTRAL CAPRAS 4 @ Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone (H/T 10-6)
Gladstone got their taste of Intrust Super Cup football on Saturday night as the Central Capras took their home match down the road to welcome the Redcliffe Dolphins.
After letting a surprising half time lead go at Wynnum last weekend the Capras would have been determined to put up the same kind of show over 80 minutes this weekend, and to get revenge for the 68-16 defeat in Redcliffe earlier in the season.
A surprise result looked not too far out of reach at half time as the Capras scored just before half time in reply to Redcliffe’s earlier two tries and trailed by only four points at the break.
Unfortunately for the Central side they went scoreless in the second half for a second consecutive week, and that second win of the year remains elusive. Redcliffe shut out the game with three second half tries to win 28-4 and continue their march towards finals football.
They need to keep winning to be any chance, and playing one of their closest rivals above them in the shape of Mackay at Redcliffe next weekend is the perfect way to continue that run. Central welcome the Tigers on the back of good form against the top sides.
EASTS TIGERS 40 drew TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAKWS 40 @ Tapout Energy Stadium (H/T Easts 28-22)
Channel 9 certainly got their game of the round right again, as the highest scoring draw in the Queensland Cup played out on Sunday afternoon between two of the competition’s form sides.
There was plenty of action as you could expect in a game with 80 points scored, but it is best described by Nothing But League’s Matt Crowhurst here – http://thetigers.com.au/point-fest-at-tapout-as-tigers-steal-draw/
Easts now have two draws for the season, and will be hoping for more than 1 point against the Capras in Rockhampton next weekend. Townsville’s task doesn’t get any easier as they take on the second placed PNG Hunters in PNG.
NORTHERN PRIDE 24 def TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 14 @ Piggabeen (H/T 14-6)
The premiers put their upset loss in Tully last weekend to the Magpies behind them on Sunday as they beat the Tweed Heads Seagulls to improve their chances of finals football and effectively end the Seagulls’ chances.
The away side held a 14-6 half time lead, but a second consecutive loss on the road looked a possibility as Tweed were first to score in the second half and the game was in the balance at 14-12.
The Pride showed they’re ready for finals football as they held out the home from scoring any more points and scored another 10 themselves to run out comfortable winners.
Tweed welcome Wynnum next weekend for the battle of the Seagulls, whilst the Pride get a much easier task of the weekend off.
NORTHS DEVILS 28 drew SOUTHS LOGAN MAPGIES 28 @ Bishop Park
The Devils haven’t won since Round 9 and they would have thought that they had put that terrible run to bed during Sunday’s clash with the Magpies. However teams that lose that winning feeling tend to struggle to close out games when they get the chance and this was the case at Bishop Park.
The Devils led 28-4 on Sunday, and in normal circumstances would have relied on that being a big enough lead to hold onto. But Souths Logan have had an upturn in form in the second half of the season, which included a big win over the Devils in Round 11, and the recent upset of the Pride in Tully would have given them extra confidence.
That confidence allowed them to claw back from the 28-4 deficit to draw level with the Devils in the weekend’s second draw.
Norths will be rue letting that lead slip, and a game in Ipswich next weekend won’t be an easy place to break their winless streak. Souths Logan will be eyeing off another scalp as they head to Burleigh to take on a struggling Bears side.
PNG HUNTERS 24 def SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 20 @ Kalabond Oval (H/T 12-4)
The Sunshine Coast Falcons have proved a difficult side for the PNG Hunters to beat in their short history in the Intrust Super Cup and it proved that again on Sunday as the Falcons pushed their rivals all the way.
The visitors had already upset the Hunters on the Sunshine Coast earlier in the season, but the Hunters look a different proposition than earlier in the season and have been in terrific form since, only a draw against Redcliffe ending a long run of wins.
The Hunters scored either side of a Sunshine Coast try in the first half and the 12-4 half time didn’t look quite enough against a Falcons side that were flying high after a huge win against Tweed Heads the week before.
The Hunters looked comfortably home in the second half as they extended the half time lead to 24-8 by the 63rd minute. But the Sunshine Coast ensured the last minutes of the game were going to be tense as they put on two tries in three minutes from the 70th minute. In the end better goal kicking got the win for the home side.
The PNG side host the big game of the round next weekend as they welcome the Townsville Blackhawks for a clash of the top of the table sides. Sunshine Coast have the bye after their long trip.
ROUND 19 IN DETAIL
IPSWICH JETS 16 (Carlin Anderson, Brandon McGrady, Landon Hayes tries; Carlin Anderson, Chris Walker goals) def WYNNUM MANLY SEAGULLS 12 (Peter Gubb, Matthew Grieve tries; Matthew Seamark 2 goals) at BMD Kougari Oval.
MACKAY CUTTERS 46 (Josh Chudleigh 2, Jordan Pereira, Ben Jones, Brenden Treston, Tyson Martin, Chris Gesch, Braden Uele tries; Liam Taylor 7 goals) def BURLEIGH BEARS 4 (Talor Walters try) at Stadium Mackay.
REDCLIFFE DOLPHINS 28 (Harley Aiono 2, Marlon Doak, Tom Opacic, Tristan Lumley tries; Luke Capewell 4 goals) def CQ CAPRAS 4 (Reece Baker try) at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone.
EASTS TIGERS 40 (Donald Malone 3, Brandon Downey, Shaun Nona, Liam McDonald, Foisa Peni tries; Shaun Nona 6 goals) drew with TOWNSVILLE BLACKHAWKS 40 (Michael Parker-Walshe 3, Zac Santo, Kyle Feldt, Glenn Hall, Ricky Thorby tries; Kyle Feldt 6 goals) at Tapout Energy Stadium, Langlands Park.
NORTHERN PRIDE 24 (Vaipuna Tia Kilifi 2, Linc Port, Javid Bowen, Sam Obst tries; Justin Castellaro, Javid Bowen goals) def TWEED HEADS SEAGULLS 12 (Blake Anderson, Matt Srama tries; Blake Anderson 2 goals) at Piggabeen Sports.
NORTHS DEVILS 28 (Michael Lucas 2, Dale Copley 2, Joel Bailey tries; Liam Tyson 4 goals) drew with SOUTHS LOGAN MAPGIES 28 (Joe Boyce 2, Jack Joass, Ben Thorburn, Travis Waddell tries; Scott Doyle 4 goals) at Bishop Park.
PNG HUNTERS 24 (Adex Wera 2, Henry Noki, Kato Ottio tries; Noel Zeming 4 goals) def SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 20 (Paul Ivan 3, Ben Hampton tries; Ryan Hansen 2 goals) at Kalabond oval, Kokopo.