Gremlins fall to fourth loss
THE Gremlins tumbled to their fourth successive loss on Sunday in windy, wet and chilly conditions at Toowoomba's Glenholme Park, outdone by premiership leaders the Newtown Lions 26-6.
The five tries to one result has Newtown at the top of the competition table with five wins from five outings, while Stanthorpe have fallen from second to fourth place.
Newtown have booked a spot in the 2nd Division President's Cup final on the TRL's mid-season Madsen- Rasmussen Trophy Day on June 23.
The Lions' experienced five-eight Cameron Moodie rated the game as a "good tough hit out”.
"To keep a team the calibre of Stanthorpe to only six points was the most encouraging sign for us as we have been working hard on our defence as a unit.”
The Lions have burst back on to the Toowoomba Rugby League scene in 2019 by way of the 2nd Division competition after an eight year absence.
"This season is just the first step in our grand plans of getting the club back in the competition proper, with A, Reserve and U/18 teams as well as juniors back on the field,” Moodie said.
The Newtown line-up, that boasted some accomplished names from their past A Grade days, had too much firepower for the Gremlins running in three unanswered tries in the first half to lead 14-0 at the break.
Moodie claimed the first try of the game in the seventh minute, allowing Newtown an early 4-0 lead.
Centre Tony Manteufel added another try in the 21st minute, with hooker Tim Roberts crossing five minutes out from the half time siren for the Lions to hold a steady half time advantage.
The Gremlins started the second stanza with a runaway four-pointer by halfback Regan Sullivan to have vital points on their side of the scoreboard.
Newtown back-rower Jayden Karaka answered the Gremlins challenge with a try in quick succession, the Lions edging ahead 20-6.
The Lions' numbers were reduced soon after when Steve Bonner was dispatched to the sin bin.
Errors were hurting the Gremlins in the later stages and when seasoned campaigner Robbie Cleven stepped through to score minutes from full time, Newtown had drawn the curtain on the game.
Moodie commended the Gremlins "who kept coming at us all game”.
While coach Megsy Irwin was disappointed to return home without the necessary premiership points, he was impressed by the efforts of Gremlins front-rower Will McPaul, hooker Connor Hartley-Simpson, skipper and lock Gary Skimmings and back-rower Tom Bonnor.
Duel registered Stanthorpe youngsters Jake Burnell and Josh Wren emerged from the loss against Newtown to impress for the Wattles Warriors Under 18 side in their 24-10 loss to the Brothers Leprechauns, with Burnell rated Wattles best on field.
The Gremlins campaign is now on hold until the Toowoomba Rugby League second round.