Emerald Tigers win Wren Cup
THE Wren Cup is safely in the grasp of the Emerald Tigers for the first time, after Luke Wren led his side to redemption against his twin brother Mark's Barcaldine Sand Goannas at McIndoe Park.
The Tigers once again enlisted the help of former Queensland State of Origin player PJ Marsh, who played a pivotal role in his side's atonement for last year's loss.
"I know it is charity, but at the end of the day, the Wren boys, they're pretty competitive and I know that Luke wanted to get a win up," Marsh said.
"There would've been nothing worse than two years in a row losing.
"We've got one now so it will be good, we'll see how we go next year."
The match was played in quarters and it was the first term that proved decisive in the end result.
Emerald jumped Barcaldine to hold an imposing 16-0 lead at the first change, with early tries to Marsh, former NRL player Tom Hewitt and Grant Ryan.
Although the Sand Goannas fought their way back into the contest, the Tigers maintained their buffer to win comfortably 30-16 with Kyle Mattingley and Ryan scoring doubles.
Barcaldine captain Mark Wren scored a late try in a fitting end to the match, but it was too little too late after Emerald's dynamite start to the game.
"We did talk about last year, how the same thing happened and they took off pretty fast," Marsh said.
"They did exactly what we did to them this year so it was good."
Marsh said he was proud to come out to play with men like Luke and Mark Wren.
"The Wren boys, they're such great blokes," he said.
"It's always pleasing to help.
"You make an effort for good blokes like that.
"I do everything possible to come and play.
"I'm pretty sure next year I'll be making the trek out there."
Emerald captain Luke Wren was very satisfied to get one back on his twin.
"It is good, really good," Wren said.
"I don't like losing to my brother.
"It will be good to have a beer with him now."
After losing in Barcaldine in the inaugural Wren Cup last year, Wren was pleased to make amends in Emerald.
"In front of the home crowd, it's always good," he said.
"You don't like losing at home."
He also said the Tigers were desperate to hit the ground running after last year's slow start.
"It was pretty fast, faster than I thought it would be," he said.
"We just stuck to our patterns.
"I think they just came out for the first half a bit slow.
"We probably had a few more players too, which helps out, you get a few more rotations."