13 June, 2022

Roosters winning streak continues

THE Atherton Roosters have secured their eighth straight win in the 2022 FNQ Rugby League premiership competition after defeating the Tully Tigers 30-12 on Sunday at the Tully Showground while the Gladiators have notched up their eighth loss for the season.

Roosters winning streak continues - feature photo

It wasn’t one of the Roosters best performances but in the end they came away with a five tries to three victory after leading 18-0 at the break. 

The Roosters looked sharp in the opening exchanges when Glenn Dumbrell broke the line before sending the ever-present Ty Grogan over for the first match try after five minutes of play. 

Brett Power was next to score and the Roosters were now ahead 12- 0. Northern Pride allocation player Will Partridge then followed with a four pointer in his first appearance in a Roosters jersey which set up a 18-0 lead for halftime. 

Partridge is the first Pride player to come through the allocation system and turn out for the Roosters first grade side in ten years. 

Tully’s restart was strong as they clawed their way back with two tries to close the gap to 18-8 with 30 minutes remaining. 

At this stage the Roosters looked to have clocked off and were struggling with errors which allowed their opposition to stay in the contest. 

Grogan’s second match try and twelfth for the season gave the Roosters some breathing space at 24-8, fifteen minutes from the final siren. 

Partridge then went over for his second to give the Roosters an 18-point win in an effort they would like to forget. 

Atherton and Brothers head the first-grade points table on 16 followed by Mossman 14, Innisfail 14, Ivanhoes 12, Kangaroos 12, Tully 6, Yarrabah 6, suburbs 4, Mareeba 4, Edmonton 2. 

The Roosters under 18 side continued their undefeated run in 2022 with a 50-10 win over Tully. Tully won the reserve grade game 26-6 after leading 8-6 at the break. 

Meanwhile the Mareeba Gladiators A grade have notched up their eighth loss of the season copping a walloping from Edmonton Storm at Petersen Park on Sunday as they went down 42-22. 

It was a poor start all around for the Gladiators as injuries begin the plague the line-up and players begin to drop, reminiscent of last season. 

Despite the efforts of Kienan Grogan-Hayes, William Dodd, Reece Dally and Orisi Somumu, the Edmonton Storm continued to pound the weakened Gladiators line and cross for eight tries. 

The Gladiators will now lick their wounds and try to regain players back from injuries as the competition takes a break for a week and picks up again next weekend.


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