The Mullum Moonshiners flew the boxes in their away clash against the Grafton Redmen on Saturday. Shane Ivey has the team imposing their will from the kick off.
Mitch Arthur led the charge, introducing himself to the Grafton defence with a cannonball run down the guts. The inside centres took it deep into Redmen territory but lost possession. Jacob Johnston collected the Grafton kick for touch, drew three defenders and offloaded to Leon Matchett-Oates who didn’t need asking twice to put the sucker to bed.
Nath Nicholls lobbed it over for a 7 point lead. The Shiners’ forwards are thriving under some good tuition. Second rower Matty Appel was no exception with a wholehearted effort on debut. Fellow first gamer Adam Ryan was equally committed at loose head.
The Shiners were dominating possession but lacking some patience to build a platform. Turnovers allowed Grafton to release the pressure with desperate defensive kicking. Dion Vogt created a great opportunity but lacked the penetration to finish the job off. The Redmen ran a one dimensional attack with everything up the middle. The only glimpse of opportunity was snuffed out by ‘Slammin’ Simon Hutton, the rottweiler in a whippet’s body. Mullum held sway 10 – 3 at half time.
As happened last week a tiring opposition defence dropped off the effort after the break. Second rower Beau Didley stole his first try of the year like a gypsy sylph in a henhouse, scooting through some heavy duty defence. Nath Nicholls fresh from the sin bin after a first half Donnybrook Hall sent the conversion kick wide.
Players’ player Simon Hutton put the afterburners on to chase down an attacking kick, and for the second time this year, plucked the ball from a full back’s boot and left him standing, pants around ankles, to dash across the try line.
The KO blow came when Jarrod Hicks with the poise of a Tibetan Monk threw an inside ball to unleash a rampaging Scotty Hazlewood-Potts for a try and 21 point lead.
A driving maul earned Grafton’s hooker a consolation try for a final score of 27–11 to the Shiners. That’s four wins from five games and the honour of sitting on top of the ladder. Last time the Shiners were there most of this team were watching the Wiggles. Continued effort and commitment will be required to stay there.
This Saturday the Moonshiners host Iluka at Brunswick Heads, kick off is 2pm.