Luke Wendt, of Avondale, quickly moves the ball wide against South Kolan in last year’s preliminary final. The two teams meet again in another titanic battle on Sunday.
Luke Wendt, of Avondale, quickly moves the ball wide against South Kolan in last year’s preliminary final. The two teams meet again in another titanic battle on Sunday. Mike Knott

Hawks crash as Sykes sparkles

JASON Sykes cut loose with six tries and six goals as new kids on the block Agnes Water Marlins got back on track at home in the Northern Districts Premiership race with a 64-6 demolition of Gin Gin Hawks on Sunday.

The Hawks were coming off their first win of the season but the Marlins were hurting on the back of two straight losses and they unleashed their fury and proved in a different class.

Agnes Water rejoined Avondale Tigers at the top of the table after the Tigers rebounded from their shock loss to Gin Gin by toughing out a 34-26 victory over South Kolan Sharks in the early game on the program.

Avondale coach Mick O'Sullivan described it as a "good win".

"But we did it the hard way - we had a bit of a lapse in defence for a while and they put a couple of tries on us," O'Sullivan said.

"Then we had a serious injury to our five-eighth Tyler Carman who was air-lifted to Bundaberg Hospital and he stayed overnight but thankfully it was only a bit of muscle damage to the back of the neck and it is not serious.

"But we reunited and put a couple of tries on them and sealed the game."

O'Sullivan said workaholic forward Daniel Steemson went non-stop for the full 80 minutes and was their best.

"Also we played Luke Mason at halfback and I was very impressed with his game after five-eighth Sunny Carman was sent off last week and we moved Tyler there to take his place," he said.

"Front-rower Shane McInnes also deserves mention - he made a couple of good charges late in the game and picked up a try too."

Despite their loss, the previous week which ended the first full round, O'Sullivan said they had achieved their first objective of being in the top two by that point in the season but they now were aiming for No.1.



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