The Normanby Hounds have kicked off the 2016 season with two big wins in both Premier and A- Grade Saturday at Purtell Park.
The Normanby Hounds BRL side kicked off their 2016 campaign against Carina in Round 1 of the Struddys Preseason Competition. Following on from their strong trial form, the Hounds were keen to impress the large crowd in attendance at Purtell Park.
Bolstered by the inclusion of some quality players as part of the clubs association with the South Logan Magpies and the return of our own inspirational skipper Jack Walters, the Hounds started strongly with new recruit Tyson Skyring leading an unrelenting defensive line. Despite some early drop ball, the Hounds were first on the scoreboard through a bullocking run by Sam Gardel.
With the confidence levels up, the Hounds continued to roll through the middle third through some damaging runs by Gardel and Ben Faulkner allowing halves, Rex Johnson and Marc Jarman, to expose the edges of the Tigers defence. Sticking to coach Treleavan’s game plan, the Hounds were able to run in another 4 first half tries to be up 28-0 at the break.
After the break, the Hounds stuck to their guns despite an increasingly growing penalty count due to growing frustrations within the Carina camp. Ryan Dornan was strong off the bench, rounding off a good front-row rotation that provided the Hounds with a platform to play an exciting brand of footy. With the interchanges reduced to 8, Carina seemed to be struggling with the heat and the physicality and up-tempo style adopted by the hounds, with hooker Jack Walters taking full advantage. Walters ran in 2 tries in the second half to make it a hat-trick of tries for the day. Walters seemed to strike up a solid combination with the halves and half-turned fullback Matthew Currie which should result in plenty of points for the Hounds this season.
Despite being unable to keep a clean sheet due to a late try, the Hounds ran away with the victory with the final score being 58-6.
BRL NORMANBY HOUNDS 58 (Jack Walters 3, Luke Archer 2, Matthew Currie, Anthony Seeto, Tyson Skyring, Samuel Gardel, James Bannerman Tries; Marc Jarman 7, Rex Johnson 2 Goals) Defeated CARINA 6
Normanby Old Boys points:
3. Jack Walters
2. Ben Faulkner
1. Rex Johnson
BSDRL Premier Grade
The Premier Grade Hounds kicked off round 1 of the BSDRL Premier Grade Competition with a strong 46 – 22 win over Carina. The “Whippets” showed they are up for the challenge of competing in the BSDRL’s premier competition for the first time in the club’s history.
Again there were many strong performances across the paddock, however the Old Boys couldn’t go past Sepu Ryder (3) Unaloto Pita (2) and Seb Russell-Sharman (1) as their best on ground.
BSDRL PREMIER GRADE NORMANBY HOUNDS 46 (Josh Wood 2, Beau Ryan 2, Nathan Farragher, Marc Williams, Harlem Theodore, Maximillian Taupo, Graham Leve Tries; Marc Webb 2, Seb Russell-Sharman 2, Beau Ryan Goals) Defeated CARINA 22