Battle takes its toll
EVANS Head Killer Whales played Kyogle Cockatoos two weekends ago with teams of experienced founding members and fierce rivals.
Kyogle, the defending Premiers, had played three games with three losses while the Whales, coming off a win, were playing their second game.
The pace of the game was frenetic and started to take a toll on both teams. Mistakes and fatigue allowed holes to open in the defences, providing opportunities to both teams.
Kyogle took full advantage, opening the Whales defence and crossing over for the first points. The try converted and gave Kyogle a seven-point lead. The Whales rallied and started to ask questions that Kyogle's defences struggled to answer, enabling Derrick Duignan to cross the try line.
Kicking into a stiff breeze, Dale Layland's conversion was unsuccessful, just falling short.
At the break Kyogle led the Whales 7-5.
The second half started like a replay of the first with high energy through the forwards and backs.
A serious injury for Kyogle halted the game so paramedics could attend and the player was taken to hospital.
When play resumed the war continued with Kyogle starting to get the better gains. Scoring and converting their second try gave Kyogle breathing space with 20 minutes left. Several members of the Whales persevered through injury which in most cases would've seen them sidelined. Ryan Duncan suffered ligament damage to his ankle but played his usual best before being carried off just before Kyogle managed to score one more try. Unconverted the final score was 19-4.