Keebra Waves Goodbye to Wavell
Final Score: Keebra 34, Wavell 14
Try Scorers: Nicholson 2, Siofele, Pakau, Dumas, Mikaele, Fifita
Goals: Dumas 1/1, Boyd, 2/6
Wednesday saw Pizzey Park play host to a battle between two perennial top sides with the winner progressing to the QLD Semi Finals. The occasion was huge, with both sides looking to gain the advantage over one another. Keebra knew they needed a clinical and professional performance and that is exactly what was delivered. Keebra were under the pump early in the match with Wavell absolutely dominating possession in good field position. However, the Keebra line was impenetrable and resisted every wave of attack that was thrown at them. As soon as Keebra got a sniff of the ball, they were able to cross the line and establish a 6-0 lead thanks to Damion Dumas. Quickly after the try, Wavell returned to a possession game and were able to hit back on the scoreboard to trail 6-4, despite having just 13 of the first 19 sets of the game. Keebra knew that with a 50/50 split of possession, they had plenty of points in the tank. Keebra mentally kept in the game and eventually wore down their opponents. On the back of winning the mental battle, Keebra crossed the try line 3 more times in the final 10 minutes before the end of the half thanks to efforts from Liam Pakau, Kees Nicholson and a sensational team effort finished by Jono Siofele.
The momentum was on Keebra’s side and the belief that they could withstand anything. Keebra kept the pressure on and again found the try line through Nicholson who registered a double for the game following some sharp footwork from Oscar Tui. Keebra never took the foot off the throat from this point on and was able to execute the game plan to secure the victory with further tries to Thomas Mikaele and David Fifita. This was one of Keebra’s best performances of the year and builds confidence knowing that we are heading in the right direction.
Next week sees Keebra take on Ignatius Park from North Queensland in the QLD Semi Finals.