Four men’s Premier League teams have gone home not quite sure how to feel after Jubilee Park was the scene of two draws on Tuesday night.
Reigning premiers MJR Electrics drew with Quolls 10-10 in a high scoring thriller, while Advanced Communication Cobras were locked with Katana Security Wizards 5-5 when the final whistle blew on the adjacent field.
Cobras led for much of the contest, but every time they worked their way into the lead, Wizards found a way to equalise.
It was the theme of the night and carried right through to the dying minutes, when Wizards coach Alex McKenzie whipped a pass to Jock Ward for a the game-tying try.
Wizards had their hands full early on with Cobras setting the pace early and co-coach Andrew Baggio making causing problems all game, beginning with a pesky interception and try to draw first blood.
Wizards coach Alex McKenzie said he was particularly pleased to see his team lift its defensive pressure when the chips were down.
The draw allowed Wizards to remain in second on the ladder after round five, with winless Cobras yet to hit their stride and sitting in last place.
Earlier in the night, Don Tuckwell’s Audio’s clash with AKW Jets in the women’s competition was expected to be a very early grand final preview.
But Tuckies flexed their muscle in a major way and prevailed 8-2.
It was a classy display from the veteran side, who used their smarts and savvy to down a younger, fitter and faster Jets team.
Nicole Absolum, Sarah Carter, Sophie Quirk and Bailey Porter were among the try scorers.
Porter said the game showed her side had taken a major step forward.
“We seemed to play a lot smarter this week,” she said.
“We threw the ball around more and made the ball do the work instead of our legs.
“We found our feet a lot more in the second-half and looked a lot better when we were running and had plays were flowing on from eachother.”
In the other women’s game, Young Guns downed Bar Up Ballers 6-5.
Bree Frazier was the star of the show for the aptly-named youthful squad, scoring three tries throughout the contest.
Young Guns’ Alissa Neyland was responsible for two tries and many more headaches for her defenders.