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17 March, 2022

Crocker helps secure shield

It may have been rampaging forward Jordan Crocker’s debut turn out in the Wattles Warriors green and gold, but the former Redcliffe back-rower stamped his authority on the game with a ‘Man of the Match’ performance and a key role in Wattles twelfth Barrett Family Shield success.


Barrett Family Shield Player of the Match Jordan Crocker receives the Terry Doyle Memorial Medalion from former Wattles President Jack Duggan.

The A Grade match was preceded by a minute’s silence and commemoration for recently passed former Wattles player and 1970 premiership winning team member Trevor Gleeson.

On the back of a mighty display by their powerhouse forward pack the ‘Stillwater Pastoral Company’ Wattles Warriors A Grade side proved more than a match for neighbouring traditional foes the Warwick Cowboys on Saturday night, winning the 30th Anniversary Barrett Family Shield 24-12 in front of one of the biggest crowds seen at Clifton’s Platz Oval.

Croker was presented with the ‘Terry Doyle Memorial Medallion’ for his efforts by former Wattles President Jack Duggan.

Player coach Travis Burns donned the ‘Number 6’ shirt and impressed in a season opening display despite the Southern Downs worst-kept secret that he had retired.

The Warriors were keen for a positive start to the playing year, and to make up ground on their opponents who have enjoyed finishing in the Barrett Shield winners circle on 17 occasions since the trophy was introduced in 1993.

Wattles can now boast a dozen wins including Saturday evening’s 30th Anniversary Shield, the award presented by Barrett family members Dominic Barrett, Dayne Barrett and Glen Hamblin.

It only took five minutes after the kick off for Burns to slice through the defence on a twenty-metre gallop and create the framework for a try by second-rower Ryan Duggan to have Wattles ahead 6-0.

Mitch Koina backed up with a second home side four-pointer thirteen minutes later for Wattles to emerge 12-0 leaders in the hotly contested clash.

While looking at taking a handy lead in at half time, the Warriors let their guard down allowing Warwick’s quicksilver Toowoomba representative centre Mitch Watson in for a much- needed touch down.

Home side enforcer Brendan McBride was a thorn in Warwick’s side all game and cashed in with try to increase the advantage to 18 – 6 ten minutes into the second stanza.

Wattles’ forward pack claimed the fourth and final green and gold try twenty minutes from full time when Jordan Crocker crashed over to excite the huge home crowd given the 24-6 lead.

Wattles had other scoring opportunities in the corners but desperate Cowboys defence kept the score difference at bay.

When slick finisher Jake Speed snatched an intercept thirty metres out from the Wattles try line he made it count to have Warwick trailing 12-24.

The scoreboard remainedunaltered for the final tenminutes, and despite the tough going on field, Wattles deserved the honours and silverware on the night.

Wattles 24 (Ryan Duggan, Mitch Koina, Brendan McBride, Jordan Crocker tries; Matt Duggan 4 goals) defeated Warwick 12 (Mitch Watson, Jake Speed tries; Michael Bloomfield 2 goals). 

RAILWAY HOTEL, ALLORA RESERVE GRADE

On Saturday evening’s form, Wattles certainly look capable of revisiting Grand Final day as they did last year.

Reserve Grade co-coach Garth Lonergan found it a challenge to single out his top players in the dominant 32-4 winning result.

Capable utility player Alex Morris filled a winger spot against Warwick and “was one of our best” according to Lonergan, “while returning veterans Tim Hentschel and Aaron Scheid impressed in their first game back for a number of seasons.”

“The win is a great way to start the year, but we still have plenty to work on as we head in to Round 1 and our clash with Valleys.”

Wattles 32 (Alex Morris 2, Josh Henry, Tim Hentschel, Declan Sullivan, Dale McAntee tries; Tom Morris 2, Lachlan Henry 2 goals) defeated Warwick 4 (Logan McGrady try).

BLACK TOYOTA, WARWICK UNDER 19

Warwick 40 (Isaac Wickham 2, Jeffrey Ross, Morgan Byrne, Jayden Tucker, Luke Bradfield, Nick Carrie tries; Jayden Tucker 3, Morgan Byrne, Nick Carrie goals) defeated Wattles 6 (Bailey Steel try; Jacob Meddleton goal).

LOOKING FORWARD

Wattles now have time on their hands to hone their act before going head to head with the Valleys Roosters on Sunday April 3rd at Platz Oval, with the Roosters tipped to feature heavily in this year’s premiership.


- Glyn Rees


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