Whales pioneer top victory
EVANS River Killer Whales recorded an impressive victory over competition leaders Wollongbar- Alstonville Pioneers last Saturday at Stan Payne Oval, Evans Head.
It was the Pioneers who struck first, scoring a try close to the posts off the back of a number of penalties given away from lack of discipline by the Killer Whales.
The Evans River men regrouped and went back to their structure to turn the ball over from the kick off and establish themselves in the opposition half.
The Evans forwards methodically worked their way towards their opponents' try line and put together a number of consecutive phases until they were only inches out.
This sucked in a number of defenders and a quick ball to the backs from Luke Cleaver saw them running at a handful of red and black defenders which allowed Adam Armistead to glide over the try line with a waltz that would have made Johann Strauss proud.
Gary Wimbus converted the try to level the scores up 7 all.
The rest of the half saw Evans River allowing WAR a territorial advantage due to a 6-1 penalty count in favour of the visitors.
The second stanza was fought in similar fashion to the first. Evans gradually attained ascendancy with their forwards being able to move the ball very consistently.
With 15 minutes remaining, WAR were struggling to contain the Killers and gave away a penalty in close kicking range out of desperation. Gary Wimbus was able to convert this chance easily, making the score 10-7 in favour of the home side.
Jordan Lee fielded a kick beautifully and taking the ball forward into safe territory, where the ball was recycled quickly for Scotty Willis to keep the opposition backpeddling with a timely pick and drive.
This led to more quick ball which Luke Cleaver dispatched hastily to Adam Armistead who in turn cut the ball straight to a a flying Wimbus who managed to evade his opposite number and palm the winger before accelerating past the fullback to score the match winner close to the posts. The conversion made the score 17-12.
With a minute to go, the Killers smartly held the football then kicked out once the tie was up to claim the victory.
Three points went to inside centre Jarrad Cameron, who had more hits than the Beatles.
Gary Wimbus caused a headache for the opposition every time he touched the ball and wanted the ball when the game was on the line. He came through to clinch victory when it counted most in a superb performance
Derrick Duignan was awarded one point and once again was the driving force behind the attack in the forward pack.
He knows more about the matrix than Keanu Reeves and is a driving force behind its effectiveness. James Quinn was awarded players player and pipped Gary Wimbus by one measly vote.