Midlemount Panthers pick up act
THE Middlemount Panthers were able to turn around first-half mistakes to beat the Springsure Mountain Men 30-22 last Saturday in Round 5 of the Central Highlands Rugby League competition.
Panthers coach Ryan Hansell said both sides struggled in the first half.
"Poor handling in the first half by both sides made it an even game," Hansell said.
"There was a lot of dropped balls."
The break proved the turning point as Hansell said he talked to his side about taking it back to set plays and talking more in defence.
"In the second half we clicked and started putting back-to-back sets of six together and started scoring points," he said.
"The back line started working well together and we were scoring down the right-hand side."
The Middlemount outfit had four under-18 players, with two on debut, and Hansell said they stepped up and played well.
"The Player's Player was Jobani Mezieres on debut in his first game," he said.
"He came off the bench in the front row and was solid. Matt Crampton-Smitt in his second ever game scored his first try."
Troy Jenkins from Springsure said it was a close game but the number of dropped balls let the home side down.
"We were unable to fight back at the end," he said.
"It is good to see the town supporting the team, and hopefully a win is just around the corner for us."
This weekend the CH competition halts as the A-grade and Under-20 representative sides travel to Gladstone for the 47th Battalion Carnival.