TEAM EFFORT: Gremlins players Andrew Thorne and Jason John work together to bring down their Goondiwindi Maroon opponent.
TEAM EFFORT: Gremlins players Andrew Thorne and Jason John work together to bring down their Goondiwindi Maroon opponent. Contributed

Gremlins fall short

GOONDIWINDI Maroon won their first game of the season on Saturday, taking an anticipated win away from visitors the Stanthorpe Gremlins.

Gremlins president Norman Crisp said the Gremlins were leading the game 24-20 at half-time.

"In the first half of the game we played a bit smarter and towards the end of the first half we were using the ball to attack Goondiwindi in their weakest areas," Crisp said.

"But we just didn't manage to do that for prolonged periods."

Crisp said those first half winning moves did not continue into the last 40 minutes of the game.

"Once again too many silly mistakes cost us the win - mainly because of dropped ball," he said.

"This was a game that the boys expected to win so it was a bit disappointing for all that played."

Crisp said the Goondiwindi Maroon coach had high praise for his team on Saturday.

"He said it was the best his team had played all year," Crisp said.

"It was a pretty even game with the score seesawing nearly all the way through."

Crisp said the double header at Gilbert Oval in Goondiwindi provided for a sizable and vocal crowd.

"They were all very vocal, that's for sure," he said.

"Goondiwindi Maroon definitely had the crowd behind them."

Halfback Ryan Alexander led the way for the Goondiwindi Maroon side with a try and six goals.

Five-eighth Joe Frey continued his good form with three tries for the home side.

Five-eighth Brad Crisp scored three tries for Stanthorpe, second rower John Williams two and Tyson Mitchell landed five goals.

John Williams was awarded Players' Player.

The Gremlins have a bye this weekend and will round out their 2013 season with their Pink Day against Killarney Cutters at Sullivan Oval on July 20.

"We hope we can put in a good effort and come away with a win and finish the season on a high note," Crisp said.

OTHER GAME RESULTS

  • Goondiwindi Blue defeated Killarney Cutters 54-34 at Gilbert Oval.
     
  • Inglewood defeated Wallangarra 62-16 at Wallangarra.
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