The Isis march rolls on
UNION: On and off the field the Isis Crushers were winners on Saturday night.
In their final match at home for the season they were meant to play The Waves at the Isis Showgrounds.
That was until the Falcons were forced to forfeit after not getting enough players to play.
Facing the possibility of no games for the round The Waves and the Barbarians, who forfeited as well (see below), came together to give the Crushers a game.
Playing a full match the combined team did well, taking a 6-5 lead mid-way through the first half.
Isis then took control of the match to run out comfortable 43-6 winners as they kept the opposition scoreless for the second half.
Crushers captain Jason Palmer said the side did well after overcoming a poor start to the game.
"It was a little bit hard for the boys to get their head into the game at the start,” he said.
"We just had to keep the ball in hand, stop trying to rush things and go forward.”
In a boost to the side they welcomed back Jake Bauer back to their line-up for the first time since an injury in round eight.
"Jakey has been missed,” Palmer said.
"He came on and ran some really good lines (and) supported the backs really well.
"His game hasn't dropped away which is good to see and it's good to see him back in the backline.”
The only negative for the side in the clash was injuries to three players including an ankle problem for Layton Chambers.
The side will now face the Pythons this week before facing them again the following week for a spot in the final.
For The Waves they were glad to get a full squad together and play a match.
"It was awesome to get out on the field at the end of the week and have a good hit out with the boys,” captain Fletcher Ericson said.
"Full credit to the Barbarians guys that wanted to have a run with us, we have a really good culture between those two clubs.”
The two sides will now face each other this week for the Travis Herschell Shield at The Waves Sportsground on Friday night at 6.30pm.