Grey skies didn't faze sports stars
THE CQID Indigenous Reconciliation Carnival was expected to provide its quota of razzle-dazzle football, big hits and excitement and day one didn't disappoint.
The fields at Ian Coombe Oval, CQ University were ablaze with colours as the carnival got underway yesterday in showery conditions.
Organiser Justin Loomans of CQID had said the winner of the carnival would be the team that defended best as all the sides had their share of quality players who provide attacking flair.
He wasn't far from the mark but it was not a day for some of the hot favourites with a number of those teams losing opening day matches.
Loomans said a loss didn't necessarily put a team out of contention, but it could make it a little more difficult to gain a place in the top eight for a crack at making it through to tomorrow's grand final event.
With the heavy overnight rain and soaking showers during the day the pitches were heavy and this suited the front-rowers who like a bit of mud decorating their shorts.
Certainly CQ United frontrowers Jarlie Vatabua and Garrett Field enjoyed the conditions as they had stand-out displays.
The teammates gave their team momentum going forward in the opener with Goori United which CQ won by 26-10.
Tries from Anthony Raymond, Zac Moss, Ashley Dodd and Vatabua gained CQ United the win against their Gladstone-based opponent, which had been one of the carnival favourites.
In past years Cherbourg has been a powerful team at these events.
This year however the Hornets have a development team on the park and they suffered a first up loss to Kowangama by 10-4.
The Saltner family has been the backbone of previous Cherbourg teams but this year they are lining up in a very talented Ian Munns Memorial side.
In their opener they met another of the carnival favourites, Purga Wagtails, and caused a major upset for the tournament, by recording a 10-6 victory.
Dan Randall scored the opening try for the local team but with the siren about to sound, the sides were locked at 6-6.
However, in the dying seconds Sammy Joe got over to score the try that gave the Ian Munns Memorial team victory.
Wagtails kept their carnival hopes alive by grabbing their second game of the day against Guru Gulu in a gripping encounter, winning 18-12.
When CQ United faced Ian Munns Memorial in the afternoon game, it was expected to be a blockbuster.
The Munns team took an early lead through hooker Cory Saltner whose diagonal run confused the CQ defensive line, allowing him to burst through to score a try under the posts and the kick was successful.
Tenacious defence kept CQ at bay until a bit of brilliance saw a cross-field kick, which looked to be a hopeless cause, scooped back into play for Jesiah Geia to score in the corner.
The Munns team had a try disallowed and that was a turning point as CQ United cut loose in the second half to win 24-12.
It wasn't all good news for Central Queensland teams as Rocky Thunder went down 22-6 to Bundaberg Eels with just a Greg Saunders try to show for their efforts.
Marcia's Mob recorded a good win 18-6 over Nebo Murries with tries coming from Jacob White and two from Michael White.
In the women's section the CQ United team gained a victory when beating Gladstone 16-0 with tries from Tash White and Tegan Rolfe.
CQID INDIGENOUS RECONCILIATION CARNIVAL
Some of the results from yesterday's matches:
Bowen River Broncos 14 def Rocky All Blacks 0.
Marcia's Mob 18 def Nebo Murries 6
Ian Munns Memorial 10 def Purga Wagtails 6
Kowangama 10 def Cherbourg Hornets 4
Woorabinda 26 def Gladstone Wallabys 18
CQ United 26 def Goori United 10
Bundaberg Eels 22 def Rocky Thunder 6
Purga Wagtails 18 def Guru Gulu 12
CQ United 24 def Ian Munns Memorial 12.
CQ United 16 def Gladstone 0 (Women's section)