Tony Howard, of South Kolan, evades the tackle of Avondale’s Craig Bek in their clash on Sunday.
Tony Howard, of South Kolan, evades the tackle of Avondale’s Craig Bek in their clash on Sunday. Mike Knott

Lee leads Magpies with four tries

FULLBACK Daniel Lee wreaked havoc, running in four tries to be Northern Districts Player of the Round as Miriam Vale Magpies outgunned Gin Gin 56-28 in their clash on Sunday.

But with three rounds to go, Avondale Tigers remain hot on the Magpies’ tails after getting out of jail to snatch a 28-27 victory from the jaws of defeat against South Kolan Sharks.

However Tigers coach Brian Groves said they were “lucky”.

“Kolan was in front the whole game – they played really good footy at home and they were leading by seven with five to go,” Groves said.

“But Omar Kime scored a try for us with three to go and Andrew Filo kicked the goal before he got 10 in the bin with two to go but we got a penalty in the dying minute 35m out and over towards the sideline and Mark Wendt kicked it for the win.”

Groves said it was really good to grind out a win.

“A couple of the young players really stood up – Tyler and Sunny Carman – also Daniel Wendt’s solo effort in the first half with an 85-metre try brilliant, and Nathan Leather was consistently good like he always is,” he said.

“Defensive-wise, Corey Chapman, Boyd Read and Andrew Wendt really stood up, but I take my hat off to South Kolan – they were brilliant.”

Now two points behind the Magpies, the minor premiership could be decided when the two sides clash again on Sunday week.

But Groves said their hopes of being No. 1 and going on to win the title could depend on the outcome of a judiciary this week with four of his team to front.

“But Miriam Vale is still the bench-mark – they were missing six or seven players but they still annihilated Gin Gin – but Kolan is getting stronger and stronger all the time,” he said.



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