Tomorrow's Bundaberg Broadcasters A Grade Rugby League Premiership Round 2 action by chance pits first-round winners against first-up losers.
Decimated reigning champions Hervey Bay Seagulls will host Wests Panthers, who stamped themselves as contenders in toughing out an 18-14 victory over Waves Tigers, at Stafford Park at 5pm.
The Seagulls posted the first try early on against Past Brothers in their grand final rematch but ultimately were thrashed 62-4.
Prolific try scorer Bruce Ikamanu chalked up another double for the Panthers, while veteran front rower Dan Tanner also crossed, and while they will be without livewire back Sam Robinson tomorrow, his absence will be compensated for by the return of champion veteran playmaker Clinton Horne.
At Salter Oval, Brothers will face a sterner test against Wallaroos at 4.15pm, with the back-to-back wooden spooners giving promise of a better season in a very competitive 32-22 defeat at the hands of a new-look Easts Magpies.
But the 6pm showdown between the Magpies and the Tigers will undoubtedly be the Match of the Round.
Centre Corey Findlay was the only multiple-try getter for Brothers last week with a double, but nine others joined in the party, including former dual BRL A Grade Player of the Year Matt Craven, who returned “home” for the first time in 11 years and chalked up 20 points with one try and eight conversions.
For Easts, captain and electrifying centre Delroy Tanner led from the front with a double, and they have named a similar side for tomorrow with reigning BRL A Grade Player of the Year Andreas Nona still missing.
Both Waves and Wests had three try scorers last Saturday, with exciting 18-year-old winger Tumeli Naco bagging a four-pointer on club debut for the Tigers, but Waves landed just one conversion to Wests’ two conversions and a penalty.
Waves will sore miss big guns Reece and Cody Maughan tomorrow, but former Queensland Under-19 representative Will McCullough will make his club debut at fullback.
In the Northern Districts, blockbusting forward Royce Blair bagged a double as Isis Devils held on to edge out hosts South Kolan Sharks 22-20 in their return to the competition after a 21-year absence on Sunday.
Captain and five-eighth Zac Dann was also absolutely outstanding.
Avondale Tigers also looked good in a 46-22 demolition of reigning premiers Miriam Vale Magpies with mercurial halfback and Sharks 2021 premiership star Jackson Brown notching a hat-trick of tries for his new club, and fullback Samson Dau doubling up.
It was business as usual for two-times defending champions Gin Gin Hawkettes in the Women’s League Tag, accounting for Avondale Tigeress 26-10 with try machine Jessica Galea hitting the ground running with a brace, and Agnes Water Marlins downing Isis Devils 10-4.
Tomorrow, the Devils’ Men will turn up the heat on the Magpies at their Childers Showgrounds fortress “The Furnace” at 6.30pm, after Gin Gin Hawks, who had the first-up bye, take flight against the Sharks at 5pm.
In the Women’s League Tag, Avondale cross swords with Agnes Water at 3pm, and the Devils will be up against the might of the Hawkettes at 4pm.
Brothers United Firesticks’ three-year title reign in the Coral Coast Softball A Grade Ladies division is over after they were soundly beaten by minor premiers Waves Tsunamis 11-6 in the Grand Final at Brothers Sports Complex last Saturday.
Tsunamis had lost only one game all season, and they were simply too good once again.
Waves also contested the A Grade Men’s decider, but their Schooners side were pipped by minor premiers Terrors 10-9.
Two other Waves sides were also victorious, Cutters, who outgunned Terrors in B Grade Men, and Mariners, who pipped minor premiers Brothers United Sparks in Under-12.
B1 Grade Ladies was an all-Bargara affair with Bandits upsetting their minor premiership winning Leopards 14-3.
Hervey Bay club Terrors topped the premiership count with five, also with Terrors Blue in B2 Grade Ladies, Terrors Yellow (B3 Grade Ladies), Under-16, and Under-14.
A full report on the grand finals will be published on Bundaberg Now next week.
Another epic duel is expected when Bundaberg powerhouses Across The Waves host Rockhampton giants Frenchville at Waves Sports Complex tomorrow at 6pm in the fourth round of the Football Federation of Australia Cup.
Waves continued on their winning ways at home with a 5-0 shut-out of KSS Jets in their Football Queensland Premier League Wide Bay Men’s clash last Saturday, while United Park Eagles (UPE) also notched their third win from as many matches, with captain Josh Adcock striking twice in a 3-0 result against Doon Villa at Martens Oval.
But Bingera suffered their second straight defeat, shaded by hosts Fraser Flames 1-0, and SC Corinthians were white-washed by Sunbury Blues 11-0.
UPE were the only Bundaberg team to triumph in the FQPLWB Women’s League, at the expense of Doon Villa 4-0, with Bingera torched by the Flames 7-0, and Waves crashed by the Jets 8-2.
There are no FQPLWB Leagues or Wide Bay North matches this weekend, with competitions resuming after Easter.
Waves Cities showed their hand in the Hockey Premier League at Hinkler Park last Saturday with their Women prevailing against Uniroos 2-1, and Men standing tall against Hervey Bay Brothers 3-0.
But All Blacks were beaten by Magpies in both competitions, with their Women falling just short 1-0, and their Men sent packing 4-1.
Raiders/Rovers and Arrows/Athletics both travelled to Maryborough, with the former’s Women romping home against Bolts 5-0, but Men burnt by CBR 10-0.
Arrows’ Women drew 3-all with GHC Rovers, but their Men were clawed by the Tigers 4-0.
In Premier League Men’s action at Hinkler Park tomorrow, Arrows suit up against CBR at 3.20pm, and All Blacks and Tigers are set for combat at 6pm, while in the Women’s, Arrows and Bolts will cross sticks at 4.40pm, and All Blacks and Granville will go head-to-head at 7.20pm.
Here are all the scores from the weekend:
FOOTBALL QUEENSLAND PREMIER LEAGUE
WIDE BAY MEN
UPE 3 (Josh Adcock 2, C Pym) d DOON VILLA 0.
SUNBURY BLUES 11 (J Miller 3, K Birt 3, L Parry 3, B Carter, T Bedford) d SC CORINTHIANS 0.
FRASER FLAMES 1 d BINGERA 0.
ATW 5 d KSS JETS 0.
WIDE BAY WOMEN
FRASER FLAMES 7 d BINGERA 0.
UPE 4 (R Simpson 2, A Mathiesen, A Daniels) d DOON VILLA 0.
KSS JETS 8 (Elaina Riebe 4, Jessica McGrath 2, Sharon Smeijers 2) d ATW 2 (Tayla Zielke, Ashlea West).
DOON VILLA 5 (R McAskill 3, R Smith 2) d UPE 3 (L Shaw 2, H Nowland).
SUNBURY BLUES 4 d SC CORINTHIANS 2 (J Hoasihere, B Kalopong)
ATW 6 (M Aslett 2, B Hunter 2, N Mason, H Hunter) d KSS JETS 0.
BINGERA 2 d FRASER FLAMES 0.
UPE 8 (Z Peters 2, G McKillop 2, S Millett) d BARGARA WHITE 0.
ATW 8 (X Ulbl 4, N Saffioti 2, C Simpson, N Briggs) d UNITED WARRIORS 0.
FRASER FLAMES 2 d ATW 1 (V Willett).
BARGARA FC JUST FREIGHT 2 (B Jones 2) drew KSS JETS 2.
WIDE BAY NORTH DIV 1 WOMEN
DIGGERS 4 (K Irwin 2, P Parker, C Watson) d SC CORINTHIANS 2 (J Brunjes, B Harrington).
BARGARA 6 d BINGERA 0.
ATW 3 (B Gapes 2, L Taylor) d UPE 2 (I Drew, T Ellsworth).
WIDE BAY NORTH DIV 2 MEN
BARGARA 5 (D Doran 2, B Dupre, J Peach, I Ilic) d DIGGERS GREEN 0.
SC CORINTHIANS 6 (B Kalopong 5, H Slater) d GIN GIN 3 (L Mennis, K Pope, C Herwig).
ATW 5 (Z Groves 2, R Fulton, B Walsh) d BINGERA 3 (C Fisher 2, H Walsh).
UPE GREEN 5 (A Grant 3, S Banks, M Lindeman) d UPE RED 1 (D Rimmington).
BAV 5 d DIGGERS GOLD 0.
WIDE BAY NORTH U16 DIV 1
BINGERA CUTTERS 4 (T Lavercombe 2, G Zorzan, Z Kitching) d BARGARA RED 2 (A Wedel, V Sandker).
BARGARA STINGRAYS 7 (S Avenell 4, B Burkitt 2, A Morgan) d ATW 0
UPE 4 (R Martyn 2, L Harris, L Faint ) d DIGGERS 1 (T Chapman).
WIDE BAY NORTH U13 DIV 1A
BAV VILLAINS 4 (T Pollock 2, J Nio, D Hollands) d ATW RANGERS 2 (A Adeniji 2).
BINGERA 9 (C Kelly 3, T Lankowski 3, B Donnison 2, J Sage) d DIGGERS 1 (Z Harris).
GIN GIN 3 (E Bramble-Bashford 3) d UPE 1 (Z Allen).
Arrows Athletics 2 (Jessica Stehbens 1, Amity Hannay 1) defeated All Blacks 1 (Brayden Sinnamon 1)
Raiders Rovers 10 (Beau Kendall 1, Ellena Crow 1, Eli Crow 1, Levi Kendall 2, Isabella Wyllie 2, Flynn Bock 3) defeated Waves Cities 0
Arrows Athletics 4 (Brock Green 1, Eddie Rayner 1, Darcy Reeves 1, Hamish Cook 1) defeated All Blacks 0
Raiders Rovers 10 (Alexis Smith 1, Pippa Elliott 1, Silvana Powell 2, Molly Crow 3, Lola Grabbe 3) defeated Waves Cities 0
All Blacks 2 (Landa Appo 1, Jai McDonald 1) defeated Arrows Athletics 1 (Bridget Stehbens 1)
Raiders Rovers 2 (Levi Kendall 1, Emma Kendall 1) drew with Waves Cities 2 (Gabrielle Aitkenhead 1, Campbell Baldwin 1)
Division 2 Women
Arrows Athletics 3 (Kirsty McCulloch 3) defeated All Blacks 1 (Nicole Richardson 1)
Raiders Rovers 2 (Silvana Powell 1, Emma Kendall 1) defeated Waves Cities 0
Division 2 Men
Raiders Rovers 2 (Dean Wightman 1, Riley Howard 1) defeated Waves Cities 0
Premier League Women
Waves Cities 2 (Clara Cislowski 1, Milee Flanders 1) defeated Uniroos 1 (Cassandra Poppi 1)
Magpies 1 (Mia Kenny 1) defeated All Blacks 0
Premier League Men
Waves Cities 3 (Lachlan McLennan 1, Nigel Rach 1, Sam Aitkenhead 1) defeated Hervey Bay Brothers 0
Magpies 4 (Jayden Douma 1, Tyler Mannsen 1, Kirk Moore 2) defeated All Blacks 1 (Isaac Wales 1)
Other Premier League Results played in Maryborough
Raiders Rovers 5 defeated Bolts 0
Arrows Athletics 3 drew with GHC Rovers 3
CBR 10 defeated Raiders Rovers 0
Tigers 4 defeated Arrows Athletics 0
RUGBY LEAGUE BUNDABERG
BUNDABERG BROADCASTERS A GRADE PREMIERSHIP
PAST BROTHERS 62 (Tyrell Priestley, Connor Jones, Corey Findlay 2, Benaiah Kambanei, Eden Hess, Kevin Sherriff, Luke Stilinovich, Matthew Craven, Taylar Barritt, Mitchell Trims tries; Matthew Craven 8, Thomas Kronk goals) d HERVEY BAY SEAGULLS 4 (Ethan West try).
EASTS MAGPIES 32 (Aisake Masiwala, Ratu Nawerecaqa, Delroy Tanner 2, Josateki Masibalavu, Netava Naruma tries; Jayden Smith 4 goals) d WALLAROOS 22 (Bruce Waia, Felix Brown 2, Kynan Watson tries; Fredrick Cobbo 3 goals).
WESTS PANTHERS 18 (Daniel Tanner, Bruce Ikamanu 2 tries; Chris Robinson 2, Laish Salam goals) d WAVES TIGERS 14 (Tumeli Naco, Jensen Deamer, Lachlan Patterson tries; Cody Maughan goal).
RESERVE GRADE PREMIERSHIP
PAST BROTHERS 60 (Liam Doyle 2, Elijah Law, Mathew Templeman, Daniel Finter, Jack Munro, Justin Lewis, James Turnbull 2, Adam Hides, Luke Turnbull tries; Jack Rowan 8 goals) d HERVEY BAY SEAGULLS 12 (Chase Chapman, Brett Collier tries; Lachlan Tanna 2 goals).
WAVES TIGERS 28 (Lepani Banuve, James Tairawhiti, Owen Hyden, Sailusi Manufekai tries; James Tairawhiti 4 goals) d WESTS PANTHERS 16 (Kade Forrester, Ryan Sharpe, Seteone Save tries; Ryan Sharpe, Seteone Save goals).
EASTS MAGPIES 60 (Sakiusa Dreunimolea, Viliame Nakaba, Viliame Tunidau, Blake Aplitt 2, Christopher Glasson, Jackson Paulson 2, Konna Hussey tries; Jackson Paulson 10 goals) d WALLAROOS 6 (David Ball try).
AVONDALE TIGERS 46 (Dylan Wagner, Jackson Brown 3, Nathan Leather, Samson Dau 2, Montgomery Chapman-Dynevor, Viliami Tufulele tries; Brendon McKeown 4, Viliami Tufulele goals) d MIRIAM VALE MAGPIES 26 (Jake Causton, Charles Hopf 3, Isaac Castanho-Kerr tries; Isaac Castanho-Kerr 2, Charles Hopf goal).
ISIS DEVILS 22 (Royce Blair 2, Tavina Letoa, Thomas Jameson tries; Brent Hass 2, Bailey Kimber goals) d SOUTH KOLAN SHARKS 20 (Esala Koro 2, Christopher Chapman, Aca Nakalai tries; Cem Rohdmann 2 goals).
WOMEN’S LEAGUE TAG
GIN GIN HAWKETTES 26 (Jessica Galea 2, Sharna Curtis, Bree-anna Orpin, G Galea tries; Karrie Hills 3 goals) d AVONDALE TIGERESS 10.
AGNES WATER MARLINS 10 (Teika Keleher, G Abbott tries; Lisa Irving goal) d ISIS DEVILS 4 (Amber Brauer try).
SOFTBALL CORAL COAST
A GRADE LADIES
WAVES TSUNAMIS 11 d BROTHERS UNITED FIRESTICKS 6.
B GRADE LADIES
B1: BARGARA BANDITS 14 d BARGARA LEOPARDS 3.
B2: TERRORS BLUE 17 d WESTERN SUBURBS PUMAS 4.
B3: TERRORS YELLOW 12 d WAVES SEASHELLS 11.
A GRADE MEN
TERRORS 10 d WAVES SCHOONERS 9.
B GRADE MEN
WAVES CUTTERS 11 d TERRORS 4.
TERRORS 11 d WAVES WAVERIDERS 2.
TERRORS 7 d BROTHERS UNITED BLAZE 5.
WAVES MARINERS 10 d BROTHERS UNITED SPARKS 9.