Sharks capitalise on hard work
FITZROY Gracemere Sharks fullback Daniel Pickering could comfortably fill the custodian role at a higher level.
CQU Norths Chargers coach Anthony Toby praised Pickering’s performance after the Fitzroy Gracemere Sharks fullback played a starring role in his side’s come-from-behind 28-26 win over the Chargers in the Rockhampton Senior Rugby League round two fixture on Sunday afternoon.
Pickering scored two tries, including a 70m individual effort, and kicked four goals to turn around a 22-6 half-time deficit and impress his opposition’s coach.
“I think the biggest thing in Daniel is that it looks like he’s done some hard work during the off-season and he’s a more confident player because of it,” he said.
“You can see it in him, he’s ready to make the step up to Queensland Cup. I think if he got the opportunity again he’d take it with both hands.”
Toby said Pickering and team-mate Liam Anlezark were the standouts for the Sharks.
“(Pickering) was the outstanding player. (Pickering and Anlezark) really stood up,” Toby said.
Much like their round one performance, the Chargers led early, through some strong charges in the middle of the park from a determined John Clayton and a returning Matthew Jarvis, before the side’s fitness got the better of them.
“(Jarvis) went really well for a player who hasn’t played footy for a few months,” Toby said.
Toby admitted his side hadn’t done the hard work on the training paddock during the off-season.
“We’re only getting a handful of players at training, I know guys have work commitments, but our turnout at training is our biggest problem,” he said.
“The thing is, we’re getting off to good starts, but we’re knocking off with 20 minutes to go, and that’s a sign of a lack of fitness.
“But, we didn’t have any trial matches, so it’s understandable that it’s going to take time for us to get up to speed.”
In a huge turnaround for the club, CQU Norths Chargers mustered up enough troops in the under 20s to put on a 26-4 win over Fitzroy Gracemere.
While Toby didn’t play last weekend, he plans to make a return to the playing field this weekend for the round three encounter against premiers Brothers.
In a league first, all the senior rugby league action will be held at Browne Park this weekend in the competition’s first Super Saturday with the day’s play kicking off at 11.30am.
A grade rugby league
A Grade: Fitzroy Gracemere 30 (Daniel Pickering 2, Zac Drochmann, Josh Speer, Dean Strang Tries; Daniel Pickering 4, Byron Hassall Goals) defeated CQU Norths Chargers 28 (James Waterton 2, Marc Webb, John Clayton Tries; Marc Webb 2, James Waterton 2 Goals)
Reserve Grade: Fitzroy Gracemere 28 (Shaun Strang 2, Darryl Tynan 2, Archie Sullivan tries; Harrison Lynch 4 goals) defeated CQU Norths Chargers 14 (Brad Barron, Allan Cleland, Mathew Jarvis Tries; Justin Peacock goals)
Under 20: CQU Norths Chargers 26 (Jayden Vea Vea 2, Steven Monaghan, Sam Pearce, Wade Wheatley Tries; Jaymzhi White 3 Goals) defeated Fitzroy Gracemere 4 (Matty Carolan Try)