CQU Norths walk away sore winners
By DARRYN NUFER
COMPETITION leaders CQU Norths paid a huge price for their 44-20 win over Yeppoon yesterday in round 11 of the Central Queensland Extended League.
Three players joined the A-grade side's growing injury list, including centre Ben Toby and winger John Taminika (hamstrings) and fullback Bradley Cameron (foot).
Fortunately for Norths coach Darryl Horstman there are no Extended League matches next weekend due to the Central Queensland Capras side travelling to Gladstone for the QRL Divisional Carnival.
"It's starting to become a bit of a worry, we've had five blokes injured in the last two games,'' Horstman said. "I might give the boys a couple of light training sessions just to keep them on the field.''
On a positive note, yesterday's newcomers, under-19 Greg Major and veteran Darren Wust stepped up, to the plate for Horstman.
"It was a great effort from a young bloke and a bloke in his 30s,'' Horstman said.
CQU Norths were always in control of the match, led by in-form halfback Ricky Fuller.
"He really steered us around the paddock and Joel Garrick (second row) gave us a lot of go forward,'' Horstman said.
Meanwhile, in one of the more bizzare happenings of the season on Saturday, Valleys reserve grade side were forced to take the field in the club's A-grade clash with Biloela at Biloela after their 52-42 loss earlier in the day.
Remarkably Valleys went into halftime in the A-grade fixture locked at 12-all and were still in the hunt at 18-12 down midway through the second half.
However fatigue set in and the floodgates opened for Biloela to romp away with a 70-12 win.