Koalas on a roll; hungry for more

THE South Tweed Koalas have notched up back-to-back victories in both grades for the first time since entering the Gold Coast Rugby League competition and are going for three on the trot this weekend.

The Koalas' reserve grade side followed up its maiden win against Ormeau last week with a hard-fought 32-26 victory over Canungra.

The under-19s continued their march towards the semi-finals with a hard-fought 30-16 win over Beaudesert.

Centre Scott Nichols and prop Roy Murphy stood out for the under-19s, who now sit fourth on the ladder with two rounds left in the competition.

The Koalas have no first grade side this year after falling short on numbers due to off-season uncertainty about the club's move from the Northern Rivers competition to the Gold Coast.

But the weekend's double win gives the club added momentum as it continues preparations to field sides in all four senior grades of the competition next year.

The club last week announced the signing of Byron Bay's Dean Allen as coach for next year. Allen was captain and assistant coach of last year's premiership winning Southport first grade side.

And he would have been impressed with the grit shown by a depleted Koalas reserve grade side at Canungra Showgrounds.

With a number of players missing through injury and suspension, the Koalas had to call upon the under-19s to boost their ranks.

Youngsters Matt Clift, Ryan Hobbs and Jesse Beadling stepped up to the mark impressively, with Beadling scoring two tries and Clift worrying the defence with a no-fear performance up front.

In the end, a hat-trick by man-of-the-match Luke Spring was the difference between the two sides.

The win lifts the reserves off the bottom of the ladder ahead of the side's trip to Parkwood next week and a local derby against Bilambil the week after.

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