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First away game sealed with a win for Devils
Tense moments crept into the League game on the weekend between the Crookwell Devils against the Braidwood Bears. Photo Alex Rea
LAST Saturday the Green Devils’ George Tooke team travelled to Braidwood to take on the Bears in their first away game for the season.
The Devil’s side were slow to start and after only four minutes the Bears crossed for their first try which was converted and the Bears lead 6-nil.
The Devils seemed to spark up and hit back almost immediately with Kegsy Keller crossing out wide for a try.
Doc McDonald converted and the score was 6-all.
Devils showed heavy defence was the key to their win last weekend. Photo Alex Rea
Unfortunately, Kegsy suffered a shoulder injury whilst scoring his try and would take no further part in the match.
The Devil’s side seemed to lose their way at this point and a series of simple mistakes invited the Bears into the Devil’s quarter.
The Bears capitalised and scored and converted try in the 10th minute to lead 12-6.
The Crookwell side regained their composure and after a period of solid defense Rooster Cummins scored in the 26th minute.
Doc failed to convert, but the Devils were back in the game trailing 12-10.
The Devil’s solid defense and pace in attack was taking its toll on the Bears and two minutes later Jack Dawson crossed for a try.
Doc conversion attempt saw the touch fields flags go up, but in one of many strange decisions the referee overruled and called no goal.
The Devils went into halftime with a 14-12 lead.
After the break the Crookwell side was again slow to start and in the third minute the Bears scored out wide.
The conversion was wide but the Bears were again in the lead 16-14.
The Crookwell side knuckled down for the next few sets with their defense on their line outstanding.
In the 9th minute one of the Devils new faces, Kane Davis scored his first try in Devil’s colours.
Doc wasn’t having a happy day with the boot and missed the conversion, but the Devils had the lead back 18-16.
Both sides became frustrated at this stage with the referee making some unusual decisions.
The game became a stop start affair with neither side able to maintain any momentum.
The back end of the half saw the Devils start to dominate again with Jack Dawson scoring his second try to cap off a solid game putting the Devils at a 22-16 lead.
Crookwell’s defense was again a feature repelling the Bears attack time after time.
In the 34th minute Rooster Cummins capped off a huge game by scoring his second try for the match.
Doc missed the conversion and the full time score was 26-16 to the Devils.
Crookwell’s defense was a feature of the game with forwards Jack Dawson, Joe Cummins and captain Jamie Boothman leading the way.
The backline made the best of limited opportunities with Danny Knight and Ben Cummins both playing well.
Crookwell’s player’s player award went to Rooster Cummins.
This week the Devils take on A.D.F.A at the Memorial oval on Friday night.
All three grades will be playing with the main game kicking off a 7:30pm.