Crafty fly-half Owen Hyden racked up 12 points with one try, two conversions and a penalty goal as hosts Waves Falcons maintained its perfect start to the Rugby Bundaberg Spring Cup season with a 17-7 victory over Fraser Coast Mariners on Saturday.
But inspirational captain/coach Tom Akers said dynamic young scrum-half Cornelis Van Der Merwe was their best in another polished team performance.
Meanwhile, left winger Jesse Krenske bagged a double as Wests Barbarians secured its first win of the season, edging out the hosts Gladstone 10-5 at Marley Brown Oval, while the also unbeaten reigning premiers Eastern Suburbs Panthers whitewashed an undermanned Turtles Brothers 41-0 with a hat-trick of tries to hooker Semiti Cabemailau and double to open-side flanker Viliami Tufulele.
The Falcons face another test when they travel to meet Gladstone tomorrow, while Pythons are also on the road to the winless Mariners, who will be hungry for victory, and Turtles and Barbarians will go head-to-head at Waves Sports Complex at 5 pm.
CRICKET: Spinner Harry Kuorikoski continued his outstanding form, claiming 4-27 as Brothers maintained their unbeaten record in the Rum City Foods Division 1 Premiership, getting out of jail twice to defeat Easts by eight runs on Saturday.
Oliver Boge top scored with 58 as the Brethren were bundled out for a modest 148, but they rallied with the ball to pluck the Magpies for 140.
Norths however remain winless after going down to Waves by 103 runs, with stalwart Luke Owen and young gun Kori Pope leading the Waves charge with 67 and 62, respectively.
Tomorrow, there is just one match in Division 1 at Salter Oval at 11 am, with Waves to do battle with Easts, with the winner to claim outright second position and play off with Brothers for the Tallon-Giles Trophy when they next meet.
Highlights in Division 2 last Saturday included an unbeaten 112 by Oliver Boge’s father David and a four-wicket haul to teenage left arm paceman Harry Johnson in Brothers’ 62-run victory over Norths, and 86 by Waves captain Nick Laffey to lay the platform for their win over Isis.
On Sunday, Bundaberg started their Wide Bay Open Goodchild Shield campaign in style with a six-wicket triumph over Gympie at Salter Oval, with Hayden Pope the destroyer with 5-24 as the Gold City were restricted to 9-181, before opener Arden Lankowski anchored the Bundaberg innings with 51, and captain Mitchell Parsons, who had claimed 3-8, led them home with an unconquered 61.
Bundaberg also blitzed South Burnett in Under-14 and Under-12 by 255 and 263 runs respectively, with captain Beau Donnison starring in the former with a superb unbeaten 100 from just 87 balls, with 21 fours, and 2-15, after having scored a stylish unbeaten 56 for his club Norths in Under-14 on Saturday.
Rhyan Balaam produced a dynamic double of 55 and 4-3 in Under-12, while Tyson Melein was the top scorer with 71.
There are five Bundaberg players in the Wide Bay team which will contest the South Queensland Under 21 Denis O'Dea Memorial Shield at Gatton this weekend.
The team is: Brodie Loveridge, Kori Pope (wk), Issac Kelsey (captain), Aidan Bailey, Matthew Springate, Jack Munro, Riley Sippel, Ryan Maclean, Jayden Santacaterina, Matthew Parker, Harry Sippel, Tom Currin. Coach: John Howard
SOFTBALL: Brothers United Firesticks will meet Waves Tsunamis in a Coral Coast/Hervey Bay Softball A Grade Ladies blockbuster at Brothers Sports Club at 2pm tomorrow, before Bargara Leopards take on Terrors at 3.50pm
In A Grade Men’s action, United Heat will fire up against Misfits at 2pm, with Bargara Bombers up against Terrors at 3.50pm.
WAVES 10-231 (Luke Owen 67, Kori Pope 62, Shannon Smith 7-0-30-3, Chris Napper 9-0-47-3, Matthew Parker 8-0-43-2) d NORTHS 10-128 (Chris Napper 40, Brody Coates 4-1-7-2, Callum Neubecker 6-1-14-2, Sam Stuchbery 9-2-26-2, Chris Duff 7-2-29-2).
BROTHERS 10-148 (Oliver Boge 58, Jesse Richardson 9-0-44-3, Lachlan Donovan 2-1-6-2, Trent Seeds 5-0-23-2) d EASTS 10-140 (River Felstead 27, Keegan Lankowski 27, Harry Kuorikoski 9-0-27-4, Sam Pearson 7-1-23-2, Jeremy Haaksma 7-1-43-2).
WAVES 6-273 (Nicholas Laffey 86, Storme Martin 55, Damien Black 45) d ISIS 6-259 (Cooper Rehbein 77no, Jackson Rehbein 54, James Murray-Bryant 41, Adam McCoombe 32, Kynan Hard 8-1-18-2, Lochlan Modrow 6-0-40-2).
BROTHERS 6-252 (David Boge 112no, Toby Lamond 43, Ryley Gibbs 31, Shaun Pinney 8-0-45-3) d NORTHS 10-190 (Jade Hyde 62, Steve Tucker 33no, Michael Penny 28, Harry Johnson 8-1-38-4, Simon Millett 8-1-28-2, Riley Collin 8-2-48-2).
WAVES 8-137 (Albert Motbey 58, Daniel Hunt 5-0-22-3, Tim Oldfield 7-0-40-2) d NORTHS 9-72 (Dale Inman 5-0-21-3, Jack Beveridge 2-1-1-2, Albert Motbey 4-1-6-2, Kris Johnson 5-1-17-2).
BROTHERS 4-202 (Leon Pearson 60no, Josh McInnes 56no, Neil Trebbin 38, Adrian Smitth 5-0-30-3) d ISIS 7-201 (Brandon Maki 58, Jason Sim 43, Neil Trebbin 3-0-22-2, Dave McKenzie 7-0-34-2).
EASTS BLACK 9-195 (Jasmer Singh 58, William Barritt 34, Jarman Grigg 7-0-33-3, Lex Webster 6-0-14-2, Peter Miller 7-0-21-2, Richmond Felstead 7-0-37-2) d EASTS WHITE 9-149 (Lex Webster 39, Jarman Grigg 39, Sandeep Gogireddy 32, Ajay Mysore 7-1-22-4, Graham Werner 5-1-15-3).
UNDER-16 (JUNIOR 3)
WAVES 9-200 (Tom DeLacy 64, Phynn Boase 28) d HERVEY BAY COLTS 7-104 (William Fletcher 5-1-11-2, Finn Heads 4-1-15-2).
NORTHS KNIGHTS 8-213 (Marcus Crawford 56, Jordan Mather 52, Mackenzie Clifford 44no) d MARYBOROUGH 8-93 (Zach Hamel 1-0-5-2, Mackenzie Clifford 4-0-24-2).
UNDER-14 (JUNIOR 3)
HERVEY BAY COLTS 9-172 (Charles Higgins 2-0-8-2, Rhys Davis 3-0-16-2, James Parton 3-0-20-2) d BROTHERS PETE WILD’S CONCRETING 7-148 (Charles Higgins 26).
BROTHERS IN LINE CABINETS 7-235 (Adrian Cunningham 61, James Cronin 38no, Know Kewley 6-0-34-3) d WAVES 9-79 (Jake Ferrara 3-1-2-2, Cale Anderson 4-2-8-2).
NORTHS BEARS 4-241 (Beau Donnison 56ret, Samson Juster 53ret, Tielman Nieuwoudt 41no, Corin Driver 31) d MARYBOROUGH BULLDOGS 6-163.
UNDER-12A (JUNIOR 2)
BROTHERS MIXED BEACH 360 7-135 (Cooper Lloyd 34no) d BROTHERS HOOPERS PAINTING CONTRACTORS 8-130 (Parker Higgins 23, Cooper Lloyd 4-0-10-2, Chase Madden 4-0-13-2).
BROTHERS DENTAL EXCELLENCE 5-129 (Parker Larsen 36no) d WAVES 7-96 (Parker Larsen 4-0-5-2).
NORTHS AVENGERS 7-146 (Jack Juster 65no, Jackson Harm 31, Levi Donnison 4-2-2-2, Leyton McDonald 4-1-11-2) d NORTHS SEI STRIKERS 8-134 (Leyton McDonald 37no, James Atkinson 30, Rhyan Balaam 4-0-14-2).
AUSSIE BUNDY BIG BASH
HEADLAND PIES 7-137 d TAKALVANS TAIPANS 10-133
BUNDABERG 4-183 (Mitchell Parsons 61no, Arden Lankowski 51) d GYMPIE 9-181 (Hayden Pope 10-2-24-5, Mitchell Parsons 6-2-8-3).
BUNDABERG 9-365 (Beau Donnison 100ret, Cale Anderson 49, Corin Driver 48, Tom DeLacy 34) d SOUTH BURNETT 8-110 (Samson Juster 3-2-13-2, Beau Donnison 4-1-15-2).
BUNDABERG 10-348 (Tyson Melein 71, Rhyan Balaam 55, Jack Juster 37, Cadel Driver 31, Leyton McDonald 30) d SOUTH BURNETT 10-85 (Rhyan Balaam 3-1-3-4, James Atkinson 3-0-9-2, Levi Donnison 3-1-17-2).
RUGBY BUNDABERG SPRING CUP
WAVES FALCONS 17 (Owen Hyden, Moape Tuinuku tries; Owen Hyden 2 Conversions & Penalty) d FRASER COAST MARINERS 7 (Paula Bete try, Toua Toka Conversion).
WESTS BARBARIANS 10 (Jesse Krenske 2 tries) d GLADSTONE 5 (Try).
EASTERN SUBURBS PYTHONS 41 (Semiti Cabemailau 3, Viliami Tufulele 2, Delroy Tanner, Jiope Manono tries; Josateki Dawai, Villiame Maluka, Viliami Tufulele conversions) d TURTLES BROTHERS 0.