Week off bites again

PETER Shatte's concerns that the Stanthorpe Gremlins don't play well after a fortnight off was again realised as his side went down 40-18 to Tenterfield in the Border Rugby League major semi final at Tigers Park, Tenterfield, on Saturday.

The Stanthorpe team manager has pointed to a poor performance after each bye.

All is not lost for the Gremlins as they have the chance to follow up the loss on Saturday with two wins and secure back-to-back premierships in A grade.

Andrew Thorne and Leon Karena scored tries in the first 10 minutes of the game against Tenterfield before Pat Toohey added another in the first half. Halfback Jason Wilmot kicked three goals.

Tenterfield trailed 12-10 at halftime and added 30 points in the second half. Geoff Swan landed six conversions and two penalties for the Tigers.

Shatte is confident his side can win the preliminary final against Texas on Saturday at Sullivan Oval.

“Our home ground and crowd will be an advantage,” Shatte said. “Texas are always tough, particularly when they have a bit of the sniff of a premiership.”

Gremlins second rower Sam Dowie has a knee injury and prop Karena is troubled by a groin injury. Second rower Dale Perkins had stiches above his eye after a head clash with a team-mate at Tenterfield.

Texas beat Inglewood 32-12 in the minor semi final in front of a large Inglewood home ground crowd.

Veterans James Moore and Lee Schwenke were strong for Texas while Tim West and Brett Hearn played well for the Roosters.

Inglewood player Ryan Donovan courageously played with an injured knee.

It could be a new-look Inglewood side next season with Lachlan Prior, Warren Gage and Steve Sauverain contemplating retirement.

Tenterfield and Texas player in the 1pm reserve grade preliminary final on Saturday with the winner playing Stanthorpe in the September 26 grand final at Tenterfield. The win by Tenterfield means the town south of the border will have statewide prominence when the Queensland ABC broadcasts the A-grade grand final on the last Sunday in September.

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