Heelers off to Perth
By RACHAEL BORICH
GOLD Coast right winger David Nolan has displayed elusive speed to help get a scrappy Queensland Country rugby union team over the line and into the 2005 Australian Rugby Shield final in Perth on June 18.
Nolan scored a double in the Heelers' 19-15 victory over the Adelaide Falcons at Rockhampton's Rugby Park on a wet Saturday afternoon.
One observant spectator was embattled Queensland Reds coach Jeff Miller, in Rockhampton searching for potential talent. The Gold Coast flyer stamped his claims early, racing over the try line twice in the first 20 minutes.
Nolan also pitched in defensively, helping Vasea Vasutogo stop a potential Adelaide matchwinning try in the dying seconds. A massacre appeared in sight with Adelaide struggling to get any early possession.
However, the Heelers' handling errors started to rise, as did the crowd's groans, as Adelaide capitalised and came perilously close to victory.
Adelaide's errors also proved costly.
Final score: Queensland Country Heelers 19 (David Nolan 2, Corey Niwa tries; Ryan Roberts, Corey Niwa cons) d Adelaide Falcons 15 (Matthew Connor, Tim Lough tries; Wayne Londema, Kurt McKinley cons).
Curtain-raiser: Rockhampton President's XI 24 d Central Queensland Barbarians 10.
RDRU: A grade ? Brothers 24 d Colts 21, University 38 d Frenchville Pioneers 3; Reserves ? Colts 25 d Brothers 0, Frenchville Pioneers 10 d University 0; Sub-Districts ? Cap Coast 5 drew with Mt Morgan 5.