In the women’s premier league, Don Tuckwell’s Audio’s winning streak has finally ended after an 11-round blitz.
Second-placed Bar Up Bullbars got the better of the Tuckies, winning 5-3 on Tuesday night.
The Bullbars were missing star player Rachel Addison, however Tuckies were at the greatest disadvantage.
Having six players out due to sickness and injury Tuckies started with four players on the field, and after a couple of late arrivals they were able to fill a team.
In spite of being arguably the fittest team in the comp, 40 minutes on the field wore them down, and the game slipped into the Bullbars’ control at the half hour mark.
The Bullbars took full advantage of the Tuckies’ fatigue; a few Tuckies players had an attempted try, and were on the ground over the try line when the Bullbars resumed play, passed the ball out to the unmarked wing, and ran through to score their final try.
Both teams looked competitive in the first half.
The Bullbars drew the first blood, led by best and fairest on the night Denise Bailey.
Bailey drove the ball down the field with a dummy right and a run to the left, and scored on the next set, passing it out to winger Mad Morton, who ran forward and passed it back to Bailey.
Tuckies showed what they were made of, with just five players on the field they managed to score, thanks to the handiwork of Nicole Absolum and Sophie Quirk.
Absolum and Quirk were playmakers throughout the game, bringing creativity to Tuckies’ attack.
Quirk, also critical in defence, taking more than her fair share of touches in a game where energy reserves were most valued.
Early on Quirk kept them in the game by making a brilliant touch, just as Morton was diving across the line.
In the men’s premier league, both games on Tuesday night were as even as they come, proving the competition is a tight one.
The Cobras were ahead comfortably 5-2 at half time, but Jims Mowing Casuals showed why they’re on top of the ladder, staging a comeback and ending the match with a 9-9 draw.
The Cobras used their textbook long-ball to a winger move to score the bulk of their tries, but also proved they could be creative through the centre with Chris Dowell, Ryan Cronin and Carter Lovell defying Jims’ mids to score.
The Quolls also had a 9-9 with the Plumbfix Wizards.
Best and fairest (women)
3.Denise Bailey (Bullbars) 2. Bailey Porter (Tuckies) 1. Gemma Carey (Bullbars)
Best and fairest (men)
3.Daniel Foley (Jims). 2. Cooper Smith (Cobras) 1. Carter Lovell (Cobras)
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