10 June, 2024

Gladiators thrash Tigers in first win of season

THE Mareeba Gladiators have demolished the Tully Tigers in a 62-6 beating over the weekend, notching up their first official winning of the 2024 FNQRL season.

By Ellie Fink

Gladiators thrash Tigers in first win of season - feature photo

The Gators went on to the Tully field with hunger in their eyes and hopes of taking down the Tigers after only drawing twice in the season so far. 

The whole team stepped up to score an avalanche of tries, with 11 players crossing the try line throughout the match and having great success with their conversions, scoring nine out of 11. 

Noah Blooranta had his eye in, scoring six out of the 11 conversions and crossing the try line once. 

Meanwhile, Tully’s Phil Nona scored the only try for the home side, and Morgan Black the only conversion. 

President Shaun Fincham said he was incredibly proud of the team’s efforts and of seeing them improve in every game. 

“Tully is a well-coached side, and they always come prepared to compete,” he said. 

“It was a physical game early; the lads did well to weather the early exchanges before some slick movements saw the scoreboard tick over. 

“We have a lot of talent at the club. It was great to see the lads at their best and enjoying footy.”

The win for the Gators puts them in ninth place on the FNQRL ladder with six points, ahead of Tully and Southern Suburbs. 

Meanwhile, the Gators under 19s played a tight match against Tully, securing a 32-28 victory, while in the reserve grade, Tully took down the Gators 54-4.

The Gators head to Mossman to take on the Sharks on 22 June at the Mossman Showgrounds. 


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