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2 August, 2021

Gladiators put down Tully Tigers

DAVIES Park in Mareeba was full of action on Saturday night both on and off the field as the Mareeba Gladiators took down the Tully Tigers in a 30-16 win.

By Rhys Thomas

Mareeba Gladiators Shaun Stephens runs to dummy half in Saturday night’s game against the Tully Tigers.

DAVIES Park in Mareeba was full of action on Saturday night both on and off the field as the Mareeba Gladiators took down the Tully Tigers in a 30-16 win. 

The game kicked off nearly half and hour late due to delays earlier in the day but that did little to stifle the hunger the Gladiators showed on the field.

The Gladiators completely dominated the first half as they completed sets and got over the line multiples times while keeping Tully restricted and without a fighting chance.

Sonnie Rea was the first to score for the Gladiators in the opening minutes of the match followed by back-to-back tries by brothers Jack and Rob Pedersen.

Initially on the bench Gladiators fastest pair of legs Trezman Banjo proved he was here to play scoring a brilliant try just 10 minutes after he was put in, pushing the Gladiators to a 22-nil lead at half-time.

Half-time only pushed the Gladiators to fight harder as Dryston Haynes came out the gate running giving the Gladiators another try. 

Tully was scrambling looking for any chance to score but the Gladiators kept denying them until a Tully hooker broke through giving them their first try of the game well into the second half. 

This sparked a fire underneath the Tigers as they then put two unanswered tries on their board running through the Gladiators defense. 

This effort proved too little too late as Willy Dodd slotted a penalty kick to seal the deal giving the Gladiators their 30- 16 win.

Gladiators A grade captain/ coach Trent Barnard was pleased with the win and the quality of football that the players showcased. 

“We completed our sets and just played footy, rolling down the field and stubbing them with the footy and the points came, after 20 minutes the Tigers pack started to crack,” he said. 

“To hold them to 16 points was really good and we ended up with no benches. 

“I’m really happy for the boys they deserved the win especially back home.” 

Up next the Gladiators will face the Edmonton Storm at home once again as they move into the remaining games of the season. Games kick off at 3pm this Saturday with gates open at 1pm.

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