GALLERY: Wolf pack unites to conquer Hornets
SHOWING commitment on the field and on the training paddock was key to the Wondai Wolves defeating the Cherbourg Hornets 36-28 in Kingaroy at the weekend.
This is according to Wolves coach Peter Mickelo who was proud to see his team score the victory against Cherbourg, who he said always provided a tough contest.
"The guys have been putting in every game for little or no return and Saturday was time to show some return for their efforts,” Mickelo said.
"We have now got to continue to do the small things in the game right, and safe footy is what we are looking for.”
Wondai got the first points on the board and Mickelo said it was key to their victory.
"It was a vital point of the game to start off well, especially the first 10 minutes,” he said.
"In the past it has become a habit for us to leave it in the dressing sheds the first 20 minutes, and the other teams have got a few tries on us before we got in the game and it is time we broke that habit.”
Steven Watcho and Thomas McDowell impressed for the Wolves, leading the charge in defence and stepping up while Cyrill Georgetown proved to be key with his attacking and leadership.
The Wolves were without Arthur Bond, who will be on the bench for 12 weeks with a broken arm, and Byron Yesberg and Merten Bulmar who are carrying shoulder injuries.
"With these three players absent from the roster for the last month, they have left big shoes to fill and the other players have known they have had to step up,” Mickelo said.
Wondai are guaranteed a position in the finals, and having already defeated Kingaroy this season, Mickelo said his side was ready to contest the premiership.
"We have come within two points of Murgon and we have been building for the last month and come to a peak on Saturday,” he said.
Meanwhile, The Kingaroy Red Ants got the upper hand over the Murgon Mustangs, winning 44-20 in front of their home crowd.
In under-18s, South Burnett scored a 18-14 win over Valleys to jump up to third on the ladder.