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26 July, 2021

Panthers thrash Magpies, Pinkies lick their wounds

The Panthers were back in front of their home crowd on Saturday, July 10, when they came up against the Baradine Magpies in round 13 of the Christie and Hood castlereagh league.

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They got off to a perfect start when captain coach, Ash Hazelton steamrolled the Magpie defence to score in the opening minutes, followed soon after by Hayden Smith in similar fashion. Brandon Hammond converted the Smith try to have the Panthers up 10-0 with barely ten minutes gone in the match.

Baradine were able to hit back with a try from winger Jye Dixon when he finished off a backline passing raid to touch down in the corner for an unconverted try. This seemed to shock the Panthers into action and the points began to flow at regular intervals before the halftime break with Kyzah Louie and DJ Smith both crossing for tries before Ash Hazelton posted his second four pointer with less than five minutes left before halftime.

Just as the hooter was about to sound, the Magpies attacked the Panther line and looked certain to score before a dropped ball bounced into DJ Smith’s hands and he raced ninety meters to the try line. Hayden Smith converted the try and the Panthers went to oranges with a healthy 34-4 lead.

The second half was only five minutes old when Tyrell Kennedy scored between the sticks to give Steve Roworth an easy conversion to make it 34-10.

Soon after, the Panthers were attacking the Baradine line and Cameron Bamblett looked to have scored but the final pass was deemed forward. It made little difference however when two minutes later, the Panthers ran the same line and this time Bamblett scored untouched in canteen corner to make it 38-10.

Despite a tough contest from Baradine, the Panthers kept their lead from siren to siren. Photo supplied

The Panthers couldn’t shake off the Magpies and soon after one of Baradine’s best, Travis Houghton, crashed through the Panther defence to make it 38-16, before Ray Saunders split the Baradine defence with eight minutes remaining to score under the posts and Hammond’s conversion killed off any miracle comeback by the Magpies.

Although well behind on the scoreboard, the Baradine side failed to lie down and were gallant in defeat, scoring two tries in the last three minutes through Lane Hawkins and Houghton who notched a double with a great performance in a losing side.

Final score 44-28 to the Panthers. The Panthers were best served by Hayden Smith who was dangerous every time he touched the ball, whilst Cameron Bamblett continued his great form playing in any number of positions. Ray Saunders was once again strong in the middle, whilst Kenny Johnson and Tom Brisbane were strong off the bench.

The Pinkies knew that they were in for a tough afternoon when they came up against the competition leaders, the Baradine Magpies in the League tag game but it was the Pinkies who started best when Shian Chatfield crossed in the corner to give the Pinkies a 4-0 lead after five minutes.

This lead was short lived however and the Magpiettes struck soon after and piled on twenty points before halftime to take a winning lead to the break. Baradine increased their lead straight after the break with two tries to make it 26-4 before the Pinkies made a spirited comeback with two tries to Tori Canham, one of which was converted, before Zali Hyde scored a converted try for Baradine to close out the game at 32-14.

The Pinkies scored a consolation try just before the final hooter to make it 32-20 as the bell rang.

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