Defence goes out the window in Salter Oval matches

THE large crowd that turned up at Salter Oval last Saturday witnessed some fast and open rugby league from Under-18, women , reserve and A-grade.

Again, defence went out the window in the second half in a number of matches. But that seems to be the norm, whether it is NRL, state or local league, and the fans seem to like it so I guess that is the main thing.

In the early A-Grade match a much-improved Across The Waves Tigers led by the ever-young Sid Domic really put it to the Isis Devils, which I had predicted after a bye the previous week and their recent win over Brothers. They may have been a bit complacent.

The Devils finally prevailed 26-12, but if Sid can get over the soreness from the weekend and play on a week-to-week basis, the Tigers will win more than they lose throughout the season.

The main game the vocal crowd came to see was the clash between the undefeated West Panthers and premiers Brothers, and with a number of personnel moving from Brothers to West this season the stage was set for a cracker match.

For the first 20 minutes or so the match was even, but then a match-ending ankle injury to West's Aaron Kuskey changed the direction of the match.

Brothers started to get on top in the second half and finished much the stronger, winning 38-10. West would be disappointed with the result but it is only early days yet and there is a long season ahead, while Brothers have put their hiccup of a couple of weeks ago behind them. They are looking like a very professional outfit.

Down at Maryborough on Saturday, the Bay boys hung on to defeat Wallaroos 28-26 in an entertaining match in front of a large crowd.

I know it is early days yet but we have four clubs sitting on six points, two on four points, and Wallaroos yet to register a point on the bottom of the table.

The downstairs lounge has now been completed and it has been named The Des Barritt Lounge. Des was a former Railways player (now West) and was a former major sponsor of the Bundaberg Rugby League. All floor coverings were donated and laid by the Barritt family.

The seniors and juniors have the use of a golf cart that belongs to the family on a weekly basis.

The positive feedback we have been receiving is encouraging and we welcome all patrons to come and use the facilities as it is your club as well as the BRL's.

With only six rounds of the NRL completed players that are coming off-contract at the end of the season have already signed with other clubs.

This, to me, can only be a major distraction to the club they are currently with but others will argue a player cannot concentrate on his game not knowing where he will be playing in 2014.

Maybe it is time for the commission to step in and set the ground rules.

That way we will have players and sides concentrating on the job at hand for the full season rather than being distracted from time to time during the season.

One suggestion I have is, only when clubs can't make the eight can players or managers negotiate contracts. I know that comment will cause plenty of debate but those are my thoughts on the matter.

Finally, there is no junior league this weekend as our U13s and U14s will be playing in the 47th Battalion Carnival in Maryborough tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Good luck to both teams.

WITH

MIKE

IRELAND



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