Brothers romp home over lowly Turkeys
By STEVE SPINKS
WITH seven minutes remaining in yesterday's Retravision Northern League derby against Kyogle, Marist Brothers coach David Krause had a major concern.
It wasn't about whether the match would be won or lost -- the Brethren prevailed 56-16 - but whether he should leave rampaging centre Bart Foster on the field.
Foster had just notched his fifth try of the afternoon and was within sight of equalling Krause's club record of six four-pointers in a match.
"I was going to bring him off," Krause chuckled afterwards.
"I scored six against South Lismore here one day."
However, Foster remained on the field and finished one shy of his coach's record.
The centre's five tries was about the only thing of note on a lazy Sunday afternoon where you were hard pressed to single out players for praise.
Brothers were by far the better team, but the match as a spectacle was like a B-grade movie ... you knew exactly how it was going to end after only a few minutes.
By the 20-minute mark, the Rams led 20-4 and Foster had already notched a hat-trick of tries.
However, Krause was pleased his side put in a controlled effort and was happy Foster is hitting his straps.
"When he was younger, Bart was selected in the Australian Under-15s side with people like Justin Hodges," the Brothers' boss said.
"He was one of the best juniors to come through the club but he went and did other things and injuries have disrupted his last few seasons."
Teenager Scott McLennan was impressive in scoring two tries as was schoolmate John Campbell who knocked over four conversions.
Both youngsters have had interest shown in them by the Gold Coast Titans.
Props Luke Scott and Tim Tredigo were others to play well.
Kyogle, who are struggling with injuries and numbers, had a number of players like halfback Michael Walker, fullback Garry Roberts and five-eighth Josh Foley who tried hard.
However, it was their lack of respect for possession that hurt them.
First grade: MARIST BROTHERS 56 (Bart Foster 5, Scott McLennan 2, Evan Hickling 2, Bede McPherson, Niko Vakararawa tries; Evan Hickling 2, John Campbell 4 goals) d KYOGLE 16 (Leonard Hickling, Tom Ivanusa, Mark Cox tries; Garry Roberts 2 goals). Half-time: Brothers 32-4.
Reserve grade: Marist Brothers 52 d Kyogle 6.
Under-18s: Marist Brothers d Kyogle 0.
First grade: Ballina 24, Mullumbimby 23, Tweed Coast Raiders 22, Marist Brothers 20, Byron Bay 19. South Tweed Heads 17, Murwillumbah 16, Lower Clarence 16, Casino 12, Kyogle 11, Grafton Ghosts 10, Cudgen 4, South Grafton 2.
Reserve grade: Ballina 24, Murwillumbah 24, Lower Clarence 23, Mullumbimby 19, Byron Bay 15, Marist Brothers 15, South Tweed Heads 13, Casino RSM 13, Tweed Coast Raiders 12, Evans Head 10, Cudgen 9, Grafton Ghosts 7, Kyogle 4, South Grafton 2.
Under-18s: Marist Brothers 28, Mullumbimby 22, Ballina 21, Tweed Coast Raiders 21, Murwillumbah 18, South Tweed Heads 18, Casino RSM 14, South Grafton 14, Grafton Ghosts 13, Lower Clarence 13, Kyogle 12, Byron Bay 13, Cudgen 2.