Bears blitz derby win

By BOB ANTHONY bob.anthony@tweednews.com.au

A HUGE crowd was on hand at Dave Burns Field at South Tweed yesterday to see the home side triumph over the Tweed Coast Raiders 38-18 in a local derby of the Retravision Northern League. The South Tweed Bears were out to make amends for a lacklustre display against Marist Brothers in their last outing and turned on some great attacking football while showing determination in defence. For the Raiders, it was a game that could have gone either way but crucial errors at critical times of the game proved costly. The game couldn't have started better for the home side when half back Reece Sandy crossed in the opening minutes and with the conversion by winger Corey Beadling, the Bears were leading 6-0 before the crowd had time to settle. Both sides have shown they are capable of playing with flair and South Tweed did that to perfection in the 16th minute when Beadling finished off a fine raid by his centres. He converted his own try and South Tweed were out to 12-0. Six minutes later Jonathon Keating swooped on a loose ball after a bomb on the Raiders line and South Tweed were cruising at 16-0. However, that stung Tweed Coast into action and their fiveeighth Curtis Fin showed good elusive skills to get his side on the board, just before half time. Arwin Marcus converted and South Tweed Lead 16-6 at the break. The Raiders opened the second half in impressive fashion with tries to Brian King and Dane Herron within the first 10 minutes to bring them back into the game at 16-14. Poor ball security and wrong options gave South Tweed the chance they needed to break the game open and when Keating crossed for his second try and then Phillip Smallwood added to the try tally, the Bears were out to a handy 28-14 lead with 10 minutes to go. Raiders fullback Herron was in action again, picking up his second try to give his side a hint of a chance but a reply to Joel Hart and a try on the death to Luke Chilcott saw the Bears to 38-18. For South Tweed co-coach Aaron Zimmerle, the win was the perfect response for their previous performance. "It was a very solid win, apart from a lapse early in the second half," Zimmerle said. "We just wanted to complete our sets, cut down on errors and hold our defence." For Raiders coach, Nathan Jordan, the game was there to be won but his side wasn't up to the task. "They out-enthused us out there. We had our chances and made plenty of opportunities but just took some dumb options at crucial times," Jordan said. In the lower grades, the Raiders won reserve grade 26-18 while South Tweed took the under 18s in a close on 24-22. SOUTH TWEED - 38 Tries: Reece Sandy, Jonathon Keating 2, Joel Hart, Corey Beadling, Phillip Smallwood, Luke Chilcott. Goals: Corey Beadling 5. TWEED COAST - 18 Tries: Dane Herron 2, Curtis Finn, Brian King. Goals: Arwin Marcus 1



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