Bilambil scrape home in re-start
IT was a case of 'take two' when the Gold Coast Rugby League (GCRL) A Grade competition got underway at the weekend.
After the withdrawal during the week of South Tweed from the top flight competition, the Bycroft Cup draw had to be redone and GCRL officials made the decision that matches played last weekend would not count.
Instead, the weekend's matches would be considered the opening round, much to the disgust of teams which recorded victories last weekend, the Bilambil Jets among them.
However, the Jets yesterday put the disappointment of not being awarded points from last week's win over Burleigh behind them to down Beaudesert 24-14 at Beaudesert.
Jets coach Troy McCarthy said while the five-tries-to-three win was a boost for the club after the disappointment of last week, it was far from his side's best performance.
“The match was a pretty dour affair and while we got out to an early lead we let them back in the match,” McCarthy said.
“At half-time it was 14-all and I urged the players to 'switch on' and lift which they did.
“The first 20 minutes of the second half was about the best we have played and we managed to put a couple of tries on before easing off and then having to do a lot of defending.
“I think the boys were mentally flat after the decision mid-week which saw our efforts not rewarded but we just have to get on with it now.”
For Bilambil, bench player Jarrod Broadhurst continued to impress with a try-scoring double while halfback Andrew Cross led the side around the field well.
It proved to be a productive trip to Beaudesert for the Jets with their reserve grade scratching a 16-all draw and the under-19s chalking up a 32-14 win.
In other round one A Grade matches, Runaway Bay ensured Burleigh's woes continued with a 38-10 victory over the Bears at Runaway Bay, Ormeau surprised last year's grand finalists Currumbin 22-10, premiers Southport showed they will be the team to beat with a comprehensive 40-20 win over Tugun and newcomers Hinterland Storm notched their first win of the year with a 36-20 win over Parkwood.
The reserve grade and under-19 draws remain unchanged.
South Tweed's tale of woe continued with Ormeau prevailing 40-18 in their reserve grade clash while the news was better for the Koalas under-19s who scored a 38-10 win.
Bilambil will next weekend host the Hinterland Storm at the Bilambil Jets senior ground.