Jimmy knuckles down
By AARON KELLY
IT WAS one of those moments of inspiration that sport sometimes provides.
Passionate Fitzroy-Gracemere Sharks forward Jimmy Dockery made a shock return from injury at Rockhampton's Browne Park yesterday.
Not expected back this season after breaking his knuckle two weeks ago, Dockery cut the cast off his arm to join Fitzroy- Gracemere's Rockhampton Local League finals charge.
Playing in the centres, Dockery was his side's best, but there would be no fairytale ending on this occasion.
The Sharks went down swinging 30-28 in a nail-biting semi-final clash with title heavyweights Rockhampton Brothers.
Early mistakes proved costly for the underdogs as Rockhampton Brothers raced to a 14-0 lead, but in typical Sharks' fashion they hit back through exciting young halves Mitchel Smith and Ben Curran to lead 18-16 at halftime.
In a second half arm-wrestle, experience was the key and Rockhampton Brothers secondrower Sam McInnerney proved a match-winner.
An exhausted Fitzroy-Gracemere player-coach, Rex Gamble, paid tribute to Dockery after the match.
"Players like him play with a lot of passion, and stuff like that is inspirational,'' Gamble said.
"Jimmy assured me he was going to do the job and he did.''
Rockhampton Brothers coach Steve Parle was relieved to book a grand final re-match next Sunday with the CQU Norths Chargers, who easily accounted for Yeppoon 74-24 in the other semi-final thanks to a six-try haul from playmaker Anthony Toby.