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Central West Queensland


11 September, 2020

Greys too hot for Reds at Ilfracombe

THE EASTERN GREYS scored a close but decisive 24-18 win over the Western Reds in the second of their rugby league clashes played at Ilfracombe on Saturday night.

By Hamish Hart

The Greys did it the hard way, playing one man down for 10 minutes while hooker Matt Fogarty cooled his heels in the sin bin, but their dominance was underlined by the fact it was a five tries to three win.

The first match of the three-game series, played two weeks earlier, resulted in a draw and Saturday’s match provided the crowd with another hard-hitting, entertaining display of football.

Jeremy Barron’s Eastern Greys were determined to take the honours with half-back Jake Richardson crossing for two tries while fullback Zeke Thompson, winger James Moller, and captain Alex Choyce scored one each. Thompson could only manage to convert two of them.

Gavin Groves’ Reds came out of the gates fast but faded under the Greys’ strong defensive effort. Five-eighth Trent Hoad chalked up two tries and right winger Jesse Butt crossed once.

Second rower Bully Ellis had a flawless night with the boot, converting all three tries.

Western Reds’ Liam Oates sustained a minor shoulder injury, ending his night of play prematurely.

Central West Rugby League president, Dave Kerrigan, presented Most Valuable Player awards to Jake Callaghan (Reds) and Mitchell Hauff (Greys).

Kerrigan stressed the importance of maintaining football at a local level and the league’s promotion of domestic violence awareness during the competition.

Game Three will be held on September 19 at 6pm in Blackall.

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