Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Brothers Too Strong for Hurting Seagulls

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Brothers Too Strong for Hurting Seagulls

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Byline: Guy Williams

A FOUR try haul by young fullback Reece Baker has helped Rockhampton Brothers to victory in the Rockhampton Rugby League A grade grand final.

In warm conditions on Sunday afternoon at Rockhampton's home of rugby league Browne Park, the Brethren proved too strong for minor premiers Yeppoon Seagulls running out eventual winners 32-18.

Yeppoon started the better of the two sides, hitting the lead after a solo effort from 18-year-old Luke Crumblin just five minutes into the match when the young hooker pushed aside three defenders and dived over just wide of the posts.

With 17 minutes to go in the first half Reece Baker finished off an attacking raid on the Seagulls line in which the ball went through several sets of hands.

Winger David Munns converted the try and the scores were all locked up at 6-all.

The turning point of the match involved a last tackle play in which Brothers hooker Tommy Simpson rolled a ball into the Seagulls in-goal just moments later.

Simpson reacted to what appeared to be a late and high tackle by Seagulls back rower Lewis McPhail and the pair traded blows before teammates intervened and diffused the situation.

Yeppoon were reduced to 11 men after McPhail was sin-binned and centre Chris Littleboy was sent from the field for the remained of the match for his involvement.

For Brothers, five-eighth Gavin Duffy was also sin-binned.

In strange circumstances, despite losing two of their players to Brothers' one, Yeppoon were awarded the penalty.

"I couldn't work it out," said Brothers coach John Jenkins.

Yeppoon coach John Harbin was equally puzzled and questioned the referees' consistency throughout the season.

"There's been similar incidents this year that haven't had the same punishment," said Harbin.

"It's a shame it was handed out on grand final day."

Second rower Kam Wilkinson took over from Duffy in the playmaking role while he was in the bin and his combination with centre Sam Granville troubled the Seagulls defence out wide in the first half. …

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