THE Springsure Mountain Men came up with a tight 24-22 victory over the Emerald Brothers Cowboys.
Springsure's tries were scored by Anthony Spelta, Matt Travers, Aaron Johnson and Jamie Priddle, with Kane Day getting all four conversions.
President Ernie Travers said Todd Ritson was named Springsure's Players' Player, while Spelta was named Man of the Match.
Other outstanding players for the Mountain Men were Day, Travers and Chris Kerle.
“We had trouble completing our sets of six and handed over possession early in the tackle count, which nearly cost our side the win,” Travers said.
“But our defence was solid and the boys dug deep to hold on to the game in the dying stages.”
Cowboys president Damon Walsh said it was a good game to start the year.
“We only lost by two points, but we had the ball with 30 seconds to go, so we had a chance,” Walsh said.
“It was a fast, physical game.”
He said the Cowboys had about six players playing their first game of senior league.
“Sam Lawrence and Brandon Kadel played well in their first game,” Walsh said.
“We're really happy with the way these young players stood up to a tough Springsure outfit, led well by Blayne Harling, Nathan Horn and Cameron Vella.
“Hopefully we can learn from these close games and it can get us over the line next time.”
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