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Round one of the Central Queensland Extended League has been completed and 2004 premiers Wallabies and early season favorites Yeppon, Rockhampton Brothers and the CQU Norths Chargers all got the victories.
In the first match of the round on Saturday, March 5 a double to Biloela Panthers captain Paul Pyziakos was not enough for his side to over come the Wallabys. For the Wallabys fullback Ron Craig led the way with an impressive 22 points coming from two tries and 7 goals in his side's 46-22 victory.
In the first of three matches on Sunday, March 6 the Yeppon Seagulls accounted for Gladstone Valleys 38-16 at Webb Oval. Comets Kurt Cawdron, John Bidgood and Matt Hill were all strong for the Seagulls with Hill scoring a hatrick. Younger brother of North Queensland Young Gun Rory Bromley, Ben also had a strong game scoring a try for the Seagulls after backing up from the under 19s clash earlier. Valleys hooker Aaron Earnshaw was the best for his club.
Rockhampton Brothers easily defeated their Gladstone cousins 46-18 at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone. A man of the match performance from Comet David Nixon ensured his team was always in control. Forwards Jeff Bunt, Grant Broadhurst, Mick Casey and Ken Oakley were also strong for Rocky Brothers while James Radloff was Gladstone's best with a try and three goals earning himself an invitation into the Central Queensland Comets squad.
In the match of the round 2005 runners up the CQU Norths Chargers come up against 2005 cellar dwellers the Fitzroy-Gracemere Sharks. The Sharks showed they have improved consideribly under new coach Rex Gamble but could not over come the experienced Chargers and went down 38-24. The Chargers were led by doubles to Paul Albury and Comet Clint Rothery while Josh Binnie, Jimmy Dockery as well as Comets Trent Callaghan and Aoterangi Herangi were the Sharks best. Click here for the full match report.
Tannum Sands had the first round bye.
In round two of the CQ Extended League Valleys take on Biloela at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday, March 12. Also in action on Saturday night will be the CQU Norths Chargers facing the Yeppon Seagulls at Browne Park and the Fitzroy-Gracemere Sharks clashing with Rockhampton Brothers at Saleyards Park. Wallabys will face Tannum Sands at Marley Brown Oval on Sunday March 13 while Gladstone Brothers have the bye.
Click here for the CQ Extended League round one scoring summary.
New to Harko's Bargain Warehouse this week are "Kangaroo Confidential" by Gary Belcher, "King Wally" By Adrian McGregor and a personally signed Canberra Raiders steeden football as well as Raiders and Cowboys signed cards and a special edition Cowboys keyring. So check out Harko's Bargain Warehouse for more and stay tuned for some more great deals in the coming weeks including Comets merchandise.