Gatton pair Kieran Hoffman and Jayden Lund tackle Warwick winger Michael O’Keefe.
Gatton pair Kieran Hoffman and Jayden Lund tackle Warwick winger Michael O’Keefe. Nev Madsen, The Chronicle

Warwick out of finals

SCOTT Beard and Trent Achilles both had outstanding games as an injury-depleted Warwick A-grade side went down 10-8 to Gatton in the Toowoomba Rugby League minor semi-final on Saturday night.

The loss puts Warwick out of the finals series in A-grade. For the third successive year, Warwick has been eliminated in the finals by a margin or two or four points.

Club president Greg Carey said his players tried right to the finish.

“We bombed a couple of tries but didn’t play as well as last week. The wet conditions didn’t favour a free flowing game,” Carey said.

Fullback Hayden McNicol and centre Bob Nicholls scored tries for Warwick to lead 8-0 at halftime.

Warwick conceded the lead 20 minutes from fulltime.

Their fullback left the field with a knee injury and Warwick lost Nicholls with an ankle injury. Hooker Aaron McVeigh suffered a knee injury and returned to the field after treatment.

Back rower Jesse McIvor played on with a sternum injury but was struggling to play up to his usual high standard.

For the fourth time in the past month, back rower Adam Fisher played his usual inspirational game.

In the under-18 semi, Warwick led 24-22 with 15 minutes to go before losing 42-24.

Five-eighth Shane Duck was outstanding at five-eighth in a losing side. Dylan Watt played well at hooker.

Warwick qualified for the C-grade grand final with a 28-4 victory against Gatton in the major semi final yesterday.

Winger Kevin Poole scored three tries, Peter Boney, Josh McIntosh, Luke Duff one each, Mark Fowler and Nick Cussen each landed a goal.


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