Norths, Eagles in stalemate
INDIVIDUAL brilliance from Goodna's right edge was not enough for the reigning premiers to overcome Norths at Woogaroo yesterday afternoon.
Ray Baira finished with a hat-trick, and Paul Iopu crossed twice for the Eagles, but at full-time the two sides remained deadlocked at 22-all.
The 'Magic Man' Baira was first over the white line after 12 minutes, when the Eagles' number three danced through a whole in the Tigers' line.
Norths responded six minutes later through Logan McDonald. He got on the end of some slick ball movement to cross centimetres inside the left touch line.
Iopu joined in on the fun when he leaped high to take hold of a Corey Kirk bomb, before dragging a defender with him over the line.
The winger would add a second just minutes later, showing a quick turn of heel to outpace his opposite number along the touch line and extend the hosts' advantage.
Yet because the hosts' tries all came out wide, it make Kirk's job adding the extras difficult.
Norths hit back just prior to half-time when a smart one-two move from Lewis Smith and Richie Lowe sent the latter in under the posts untouched.
Goodna would take a 14-8 advantage into the sheds.
But the visitors squared the ledger shortly after the restart. Chris Scanlon showed deceptive agility to break the line, make two defenders miss and pass inside for Tim Newton to score under the black dot.
But Norths would not lead for long.
Baira added his second minutes later, when some slick ball movement sent him over on his favoured right side.
And Baira had clearly taken a liking to that corner, because 10 minutes later he dragged multiple defenders with him in a darting diagonal run to the corner post.
Kirk's touch-line miss meant the Eagles held a six-point buffer heading into the closing stages.
With six minutes to play, a mix-up in the Goodna defence allowed Drew Robinson to pounce on the loose ball and race away to score under the posts.
Dale McDonald's subsequent conversion brought the two sides level again.
It sparked a remarkable final few minutes, with possession changing hands four times after the final siren before the play was finally whistled dead in mid-field. Tim Newton was named best on ground for his consistent effort in defence and attack.
RLI Round 7: Goodna Eagles 22 drew. Norths Tigers 22 at Woogaroo Field, Goodna.