Gents give game a shake
IN a disappointing final game of the season, Murwillumbah Gentlemen were overshadowed by Mullumbimby on Saturday.
Bolstered by a surge of late-season signings, the Gentlemen were upstaged 26-15 to cap off an unspectacular season.
A spokesman for club declined to comment on the home side’s performance but did say that the Gentlemen will continue to play rugby in the spirit the Village Competition represents.
Although neither team will figure in the finals, Saturday’s match was a willing affair from the outset with the opposing forwards involved in some torrid exchanges.
The Gentlemen displayed good form at set pieces with the forwards confirming that they are among the most respected in the competition.
With honours shared early, Mullumbimby broke the deadlock when an opposition error led the way to a converted try.
Down 7-0, Murwillumbah hit back almost immediately.
Following some terrific work by the forwards, the ball reached the safe hands of centre Mick Ford who barged over for a try to narrow the margin to 7-5.
The Moonshiners responded with a converted try to grab a 14-5 lead at the break.
Murwillumbah coach Peter Crittle, who has announced that he will not coach the side in 2011, was positive during the halftime break, reminding his charges of their capabilities.
After the physical first term, the second half opened up with both sides prepared to play some entertaining running rugby.
The Gentlemen were the first to capitalise, with No.3 Phil Lees benefiting from an opposition defensive error on his way to the tryline.
Kane Jardine’s successful conversion narrowed the margin to 14-12.
Jardine then slotted a penalty goal to give the side a 15-14 lead but the Moonshiners ran in two tries to seal victory.
Jardine was among the standouts for the home side while Nick Moran was named Gentlemen’s Gentleman.
Skipper Phil Brown, who has announced his retirement, was another to impress.
Despite the retirement of Brown and Crittle, the Murwillumbah committee is confident the club will continue to improve next year after a strong showing in their debut season.
Crittle, a former Wallabies representative, said he will maintain close ties with the club and will be involved if needed.