Sport

Dominant Norths spank Brothers

Brothers forward Ben Gadsby is sent to the sin bin during a sometimes spiteful second half.
Brothers forward Ben Gadsby is sent to the sin bin during a sometimes spiteful second half.

NORTHS proved a team of champions can also be a champion team as they demolished Brothers 50-16 in a spiteful IRL under-18 grand final at North Ipswich Reserve yesterday

An all-in brawl with five minutes remaining turned farcical when a number of spectators invaded the playing field forcing an early end to the game.

For Norths though it mattered little as they showed why they were the raging favourite on grand final day.

All year, the Tigers have looked the team to beat in the teenage competition with seven of the starting 13 players also playing A-grade this year.

With Norths out of the contention in the senior grades, coach Dan Fullarton could finally put his full-strength squad to good use on grand final day.

Dale McDonald, Matt Fairhurst, Peter Whittaker, Lachlan Roe - in fact virtually every Norths player - dominated their opponents in a great grand final performance.

Jye O'Keefe scored hat-trick for the winners including a slick effort on the right wing to crack the half century for the Tigers.

Roe added two more to his burgeoning season tally and halves McDonald, Jake Hooper and hooker Whittaker were all outstanding for the winners.

Fullarton said he was always confident his team would get the job done.

"It was a disappointing finish, but that can happen in this under-age footy where there are a lot of hot-headed guys," Fullarton said.

"Putting that aside I thought we played a complete game.

"We started strong and played it through to the end and I couldn't be prouder."

Fullarton said he was "quietly confident" in the lead-up to the grand final.

"I wasn't saying too much but I knew deep in my mind we would come out and put on a show like that," he said.

"We have some incredibly talented kids and I expect a couple to be playing NRL in the next couple of years."

Meanwhile, the game is sure to attract plenty of attention in the post match video review where a number of players could face lengthy suspensions for next season.

UNDER 18s

Norths 50 (Jye O'Keefe 3, Lachlan Roe 2, Matthew Fairhurst, Harrison Bowers, Tevita Foulau, Kyle Blackman tries; Dale McDonald 7 goals) d Brothers 16 (Daniel Nolan, Ben Gadsby, Dane Jorgensen tries; Joshua Leishmann 2 goals).

Topics:  brothers, norths, rugby league




Man accused of indecently assaulting health worker

A view of the Ipswich Hospital from the corner of East and Court Street. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times

It's alleged the attacker threatened the woman with a knife

Woolworths latest: Uncertainty hangs over Ipswich site

NSW and Victoria to be hit by retrenchments

UPDATE: Dramatic in-car footage as Raceway car goes airborne

Dramatic Aussie Car rollover at Queensland Raceway on Saturday.

In-car footage shows dramatic high-speed crash

Latest deals and offers

Harry's MasterChef exit makes way for all-Noosa grand final

Harry Foster congratulates MasterChef finalists Elena Duggan and Matt Sinclair after a closely-fought semi-final.

YOUNG Rocky-born cook now working in his dream job in Tasmania.

Kim Kardashian West bemused by selfie 'drama'

Kim didn't expect her naked selfie to cause the stir it did

Alicia Vikander hasn't been home since Oscars

Alicia Vikander "hasn't been home" for nearly nine months.

Tom Hiddleston not worried about relationship attention

Attention doesn't bother 'authentic' Hiddleston

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field to expand family?

Robbie Williams and Ayda Field want more children.

Licking incident bars Ariana from performing at White House

Ariana Grande has been blocked from performing at the White House

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles