North Ward V LARCS
Last Saturday saw the 1st Grade preliminary final take place between one of Townsville Rugby’s newest rivalries North Ward and LARCS. A huge crowd flocked into Mike Carney Toyota Park to see these two classy sides battle it out in what would be one teams final chapter of 2019. As expected, the game was going to be a physically demanding match with both sides boasting formidable forward packs that where sure to make it a physical contest. Army got of to the perfect start as their flying winger Jordan Pedro-Geeman showed a clean pair of heels to scorch the turf and run 55 metres to score the first points of the match. Just before the halftime break North Ward showed their class when they strung together multiple phases before a barnstorming run from centre Connor Cavallin gave North Ward a breath of life. A quick fire second half double to LARCS star centre of their own Dylan Johnson had the Lavarack boys cruising with a lead 22 points to 5. It looked to be all over for North Ward, however a mountain of possession in the last 15 minutes, something had to give, and it was the LARCS defence with North Ward running in two late tries to bring the final score 22-15.
Congratulations to the LARCS who progress through to this weekend’s Grand Final blockbuster against defending premiers Teachers West. Commiserations to North Ward, but congratulations on a fantastic season.
LARCS 22 – (Josh Allen 1T, Jordan Pedro-Geeman 1T, Dylan Johnson 2T, Jackson Pearson 1C)
North Ward 15 – (Liam Guides 1T, Connor Cavallin 1T, Bill Speed 1T)
Our attention now turns towards the most anticipated match of the year, the Well Hung Glass and Aluminium 1st Grade Final. This weekends final will see Teachers West aiming for their 5th premiership in a row when they come up against the LARCS in their maiden grand final appearance. Kick-off is at 5pm, watch this space for a full preview later in the week.