Rogers steers late comeback for Biloela Panthers on weekend
PETE Rogers put in an inspiring performance over the weekend to carry his Biloela Panthers across the line against an industrious Norths Chargers rugby league outfit.
Round 18 of the Rockhampton Rugby League competition got underway over with Biloela taking down Norths Chargers 52-30 at Biloela, while Yeppoon Seagulls defeated Rockhampton Brothers 28-22.
Describing Panthers captain Rodgers performance as inspirational, Biloela coach Graeme Middlebrooke couldn't be happier with his sides 22 point trouncing of Norths.
Middlebrooke said in a fantastic weekend for the Panthers, both the A-grade and reserve sides got up in hard-fought wins.
"In the A-grade we were exceptional in the first 10 minutes to get up 10-nil," Middlebrooke said.
While Panthers came out strong, Norths responded quickly and with their never give up attitude managed to take the lead by half time 30-16.
Determined to take back control, Middlebrooke made strategic changes at half time which saw the Biloela boys run Norths off the park in the second half.
"At half time we addressed some key areas and our guys came back to win 52-30," Middlebrooke said.
"Pete Rodgers our captain was inspirational on the park on the weekend and really led the team while Daniel Martin was good with the ball in his hands, which lifted the attitude of the team in the second half."
"The thing about Norths is that we never know what they'll bring to the field, they have calibre players across the park, it's just a matter of their boys showing up."
Heading into an always tough encounter with Yeppoon this weekend, Middlebrooke said the Panthers would spend the week focusing on their ruck defence.
"Our ruck defence was exposed by Darcy Etrich on the weekend, it was definitely Norths strong area and we'll work on that this week," the coach said.
"In saying that, we kept them to nil in the second half but we'll work on getting a good solid 80 minutes in this week."
"It will be a good game against Yeppoon, they're certainly breathing down our necks and we're looking forward to the challenge," he said. Competing in the Rockhampton competition for the first time this season, Middlebrooke said the club was enjoying the change and were looking forward to the finals.