GPS retained the Taylor/Hammond shield defeating Wests 33-27 in a thrilling encounter.
Both teams welcomed their Reds representatives back to club land with Nick Frisby and Campbell Magnay lining up for GPS and Leroy Houston and Lachlan Maranta for Wests.The Gallopers welcomed back club hero’s Campbell Magnay and Nick Frisby, whilst Leroy Houston and Lachlan Maranta lined up for the Bulldogs.
Nick Frisby was the first of the Reds representatives to make his mark after jumping on the end of a well placed chip kick into the in goal to give GPS an early 7-nil lead.
Despite Byron Hutchinson’s and Filipo Daugunu’s efforts to keep the Doggies within reach, Mitch King proved too powerful for their defence crashing over to make the score 14-6.The Galloper’s extended their lead to 19-6 just before the break after Reds youngster Magnay proved he has successfully overcome a horrific streak of injuries.
The Bulldogs attacking intent was on display early in the second half after opting to run rather than take the three points on offer.Wests veteran Byron Hutchinson showcased some individual brilliance after he executed a perfect chip and chase from halfway to narrow the margin to just six points.
The Bulldogs capitalised on an open backfield minutes later after Ed Fidow collected a sneaky kick downfield off the back of a quick tap.With only 15 minutes left to play, a pass was toed through again by Fidow who regathered to score under the posts to give Wests a 27-19 lead.
An eerily quiet Galloper’s crowd was spurred back into action with only five minutes left as Michael Richards busted through the Wests defence to narrow the Bulldogs lead to just one point.GPS shifted into another gear in the last few minutes and forced themselves into the red zone.
Despite having points on offer towards the sideline, captain Dan Gorman remained composed and opted to use the Galloper’s best weapon, their scrum.A desperate Wests pack were unable to contain the relentless pressure at scrum time and were forced to concede a penalty try after the siren to give the Galloper’s a hard fought 33-27 victory.
In other matches, Reserve Grade defeated Wests 36-28, Premier Colts fell short 26-27, 1st Grade defeated Wests 30-10, 2nd Grade defeated Wests 39-0, 3rd Grade defeated Wests 35-10, Colts 1 defeated Wests 15-12 and Women’s lost to Helensvale 20-17.
Our next fixture is on Saturday the 29th against Norths at Yoku Road.
By Luke Beesley