26 February, 2024

Pre-season loss for Roosters

The Atherton Senior Roosters went down 16-6 to a combined Southern Suburbs/Babinda Colts side during Saturday's first-grade rugby league pre-season trial.

Roosters forward Rakeem Rainbow at Babinda on Saturday.
Roosters forward Rakeem Rainbow at Babinda on Saturday.

Poor ball handling from the Roosters in the opening half denied them several scoring opportunities and helped their opposition to a 10-0 lead at the break. 

An improved second session wasn't enough to save the points for the Roosters, and a try to prop forward Matt Whybird got the Roosters on the scoreboard in the final minutes. 

It was the first 2024 hit out for the Roosters, with many new faces and youngsters promoted in the red, white and blue to give the club many positives for the coming season. 

Young first-grade debutants Joel Nane and Morgan Solinas impressed in the number 2 and 5 jerseys for the Roosters, while new recruit Riley Flute was strong throughout. 

In reserve grade, the Roosters won 24-14 after leading 12-8 at the break. Trials continue for the Senior Roosters against Mareeba this Friday night at Atherton's Mungalli Creek Dairy Stadium. 


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