The Pirtek Tigers hold the Duroux and Polly Pratt Plate together for first time.
The Pirtek Tigers hold the Duroux and Polly Pratt Plate together for first time. Contributed

Taking home the double

RUGBY LEAGUE: Wet weather Football. What a day.

It wasn’t a good day for the Cowboys/Cowgirls as both teams lost to the Emerald Tigers on sat night.

The men’s game started first and the game shifted with both sides trying to gain control. Ryan Campbell, Zac Seden and Mick Battys were hitting in up for the Cowboys and Tigers Darcy Darby and Meiren Parate were barging up the middle.

It was wet weather and both sides had loose carries. After 10 Minutes Tigers hit first by hooker Riley Parter barging over for a try.

Then Ray Ebsworth after 20 minutes scored a try off a back line movement out wide. Cowboys halfback and five eight Rick Matteson and Sam Clayton were trying many attacking raids around the ruck but it wasn’t working.

Tigers Centre Watene McIver then attacked the middle of the ruck and he was over for Tigers to lead 16-0.

Cowboys Andrew Doyle chipped over the top and regathered and worked the fullback over to score a 55m try for Tigers to lead at half time 16-6.

After a chat from Coach Brendan Rouse at half time they put up a bomb and the fullback dropped the ball and Tommy McKellar was over for a try.

It was looking good to the Cowboys but the Tigers had other plans and from a try line drop out Tigers Justin Cavanagh joined in a back line to score in the Corner. 

Ray Ebsworth than scored another try from a back line which started from Darcy Hardness.

The Tigers were similar against Bluff and they came home in the second half to finish off the Cowboys with second rower Kyle Mattingley finishing off out wide scoring a try.

Kerryn Brice showed glimpse of his good form when he came on the paddock. Ray Ebsworth converted 3 conversions for the day as well for the Tigers to win 30-12.

Leith Paton was Tigers man of the match and Lawson Story again was Cowboys main tryer for the day. Tigers have plenty of players and keep changing their team around.

Hopefully they will settle on their form team before the finals.

The ladies played the main game for the Polly Pratt Shield.

The Cowgirls came against a more committed team in the Emerald Tiger ladies and both teams relished in the wet conditions.

It was a first for a lot of them and once on the field they gave their all trying to win to hold up the Polly Partt Shield which was a lady known by both teams.

Kelsie Parter had a great game as she scored three tries and she burst through the Cowboys defence on more than one accassion to score her tries.

She chimed in on many back line movements and one try she ran the length of the field to score. Tayla Bean was Cowgirls best on the paddock and she never stopped tackling and running the ball.

But the Tigers forward pack keep taking their team forward and that gave the backs more room. The threesome in Nioaka Ross, Hannah Ormond and Miesha Huet kept taking the ball up and making ground with every run.

Hooker Rebecca Statham was good around the rucks at dummy half and Kristy Serotzki was involved in many ball running moves.

Tries also went to Raven Alberts, Tamyra Hunter (two tries) and Bonnie Walsh.

The Cowgirls did not registered a try abut they tried all game and kept going.

Keely Wiseman made a good break up field which she made plenty of ground and after many games she is improving. Morgan Murphy kept running the ball and she helped the team in their go forward.

Kasey Pyle was always busy at dummy half and Gabby Leonard playing on the wing needs to move to the action as her game is more for going forward and making the ground.

The Tigers won 38-0.

The Tigers showed good defence with Cowgirls not registering a point for the game.

It was a experience for both teams in the wet and they were still diving in the mud after the game.

Well done to both teams and Tigers Ladies were presented with the Polly Pratt Shield.


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