GALLERY: Redbulls and Battlers' tough game in the mud
PURE and simple football was the order of the day when the Wallumbilla/Surat Redbulls faced the combined Miles/Taroom/Wandoan side in challenging conditions.
At the top of the bill, the reserve sides went in to their match prepared for a hard slog in the mud, and it was the bulls who quickly found their feet.
Anthony Tucker and Jack Kreinke took home two tries apiece in the first half, then claimed another each in the second, while Kyle Allwood's four conversions sweetened the deal for the home side.
Miles' own dynamic duo responded in kind with Dane Pearce finding the line not once, but three times through the game, and Matt Howse following each with a successful conversion.
"Our boys did well today on both ends, defence and attack, and it was a good team effort,” Wallumbilla/Surat reserve-grade coach Stuart Finn said.
"We had a very wet game of footy, so they had to keep that ball controlled, and keep pushing it through the middle.
"That was about all I'd asked them to do today, so they have done really well.
"It can be difficult to play in those conditions, especially when you drop the ball and can't complete your sets - it'll run away from you.”
In the under-18s, the Bulls pulled off a staggering 88-point win, but it was the unbreakable resolve of the Miles side which most impressed the hosts and their coach.
"Going in to the second half of that match, Miles really dug in,” under 18s coach Ryan Weihl said.
"They did well to come here with ten people, and still stick in there and have a go.
"Even though they've been struggling for numbers they have still turned up every week and had a game; it's a real kick up for them.”
Coach Finn agrees, and in his eyes, the opposition were living up to their name.
"Miles are good, and they are battling, but they came here and performed, so they'll keep going,” he said.
"It's what they call themselves, the battlers, so they will get there, even if they're short of numbers, as are most clubs this year.”