Hawks roll Sharks but it’s not a sure sign of things to come
THE players, coaching staff and every one of the few hundred rugby league fans at the first round of the Northern Districts Rugby League season are under no illusions the 106-0 drubbing Gin Gin gave South Kolan will be repeated.
With the addition of Brent and Benjamin Kuskey, Michael Murphy and Andrew Duffy from the Bundaberg competition Gin Gin ran in 17 tries through a flimsy defence, and held out an impotent South Kolan attack.
But when the teams meet next, South Kolan is expected to be stronger thanks to the recruitment of a handful of international players.
Gin Gin coach Tracey Kuskey said all he wanted to achieve was to get the two premiership points on offer, without injury or suspension, and his players did just that.
With 12 players scoring tries in the game it was hard to pick Gin Gin's best player, but the impact Matthew Card had at front row could see him edge in front of the pack.
Card's runs were damaging and he took advantage of a slow defensive line t make plenty of metres each time he ran the ball.
The highlight for Card was his try, and he said because it has been a while since he last scored there was something simple going through his mind as he put the ball down.
"I finally got over, it's been a couple of years (since I scored a try)," Card said.
"All I was thinking as I crossed the line 'don't drop it."
He also said with a renewed enthusiasm at the club there was a simple goal in mind: "We have got a pretty good side this year so the game was good," he said.
"We improved on our talking and running as a team, we have a good squad of boys; the Kuskeys have come out and they know the game play and we need to keep going the way we have been going and hopefully go all the way."
Avondale defeated Agnes Water in the other game. Centre Cory Chapman scored four tries in the 68-18 win.
Gin Gin 106 (S Blair, B Galea, L Morrison, T Blair, J Jenkins 2, A Bawden, Brent Kuskey, Benjamin Kuskey, M Card, M Murphy, L Wendrat, L Franklin tries; Brent Kuskey 19 goals) d South Kolan 0
Avondale 68 (C Chapman 4, M Ross, M Lambert 2, S Carman, D Leather, D Jones, D Steemson tries; A Filo 10 goals) d Agnes Water 18 (James Sykes, Jason Sykes, A Hancock tries; Jason Sykes 3 goals)