Eidsvold Eagles could not tame the Tigers

TIGERS V EAGLES: Eidsvold’s Dwinnelle Luani gets the treatment from Tigers’ Neil Reinke and Dylan Wagner.
TIGERS V EAGLES: Eidsvold’s Dwinnelle Luani gets the treatment from Tigers’ Neil Reinke and Dylan Wagner. Noel Thompson

MUNDUBBERA coach Burt Beezley pulled on the boots once more to help his squad take on Eidsvold. The big men of the Central Burnett Rugby League came together last Saturday in Mundubbera for the grudge match of the round.

Beezley said he loved playing against Eidsvold because their young guys never stop coming.

"We had to be at our best today because the Eidsvold Eagles have just had an injection of some new players who will toughen up their attack," Beezley said.

"We can match it with them in the forwards but they have some hard running backs that I need to keep my eye on."

The game was one of hard hits and solid running from both sides with the Mundubbera Tigers taking the lead early and staying in front all game.

At half time the score was very close 16-6 and the Eidsvold team was still very confident of a win.

Eidsvold coach Steve Collins said ball security was letting his side down in the competition.

"If we can hold the ball for the full set we can win this," Collins said at half time.

"Just those little mistakes are costing us dearly and if we can clean that up I think we can win this."


Sinia Pese is driven to the ground by strong Tigers resistance.
Sinia Pese is driven to the ground by strong Tigers resistance.

The score after the 80 minutes was 36-12 to the Mundubbera team.

The Tigers ability to hold the ball for six tackles paid dividends.

Beezley has played for the Eidsvold Eagles for seven years and said his team-mates commitment could not be questioned.

"I played in four winning grand finals with that team and had the best football years of my life with the Eagles jersey on my back," he said.

"They will get better as the season goes on and I will not be supposed if we meet the in the grand final."

A passion of Eidsvold

TRAVELLING from Emerald to Rockhampton by train and then from Rockhampton to Eidsvold by car, Tyler West said he put on the Eagles jersey on Saturday because Eidsvold would always be his home.

"I lived in Eidsvold for most of my life and at the end of last year I moved to Emerald," he said.

"For school and the opportunity of getting a good job I live in Emerald, but Eidsvold is my passion."

Playing in the number three for Eidsvold, West is a free running centre with a truck load of ability.

The new rules introduced this year allow players to be registered with two clubs and West also plays in Emerald.

"As I was growing up I can remember watching Burt Beezley playing for Eidsvold and now to be coming up against him seems a little strange," West said.

"I thought he was the best on the field for the Tigers today and I would have liked for him to be still in the Eidsvold colours."

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