8 April, 2024

Poor ball handling leads to Roosters loss

DESPITE powering up in the second half of the game, Atherton Roosters were unable to pull off with a win during a slim loss against Tully on Saturday night.

Senior Roosters Adam Molloy at Tully on Saturday.
Senior Roosters Adam Molloy at Tully on Saturday.

Playing away, the Roosters were trailing the Tigers 18-4 at the break, but came back strongly in the second half, only to lose the match 24-22. 

The Roosters’ first 40 minutes was full of errors as they struggled to hold the ball which allowed Tully to dominate and establish a comfortable lead during the opening exchanges. 

Tries to Matt Whybird and Ty Grogan soon after the restart signalled the Roosters fightback to save the points and they now trailed by two points with 30 minutes remaining. 

But the Roosters were guilty of poor ball handling with two promising raids breaking down on the Tully line. 

The Roosters are now one from two in the competition.  

Tully also took the lower grade points, winning the Under 19 match 26-24 and the Reserve Grade 26-20. 

This Saturday, the Senior Roosters host Ivanhoes in four grades from 1.30pm at Atherton’s Mungalli Creek Dairy Stadium.


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