The Comets celebrate their convincing win over Augathella.
The Comets celebrate their convincing win over Augathella. Andrew Messenger

Comets trample Meatants in weekend rout

THE Charleville Comets have flown away with their first trophy in years after a convincing win over Augathella on the weekend.

The mighty Meatants have had a great season. It's their first time in the finals in 23 years.

And Augathella put up a strong fight for the first half, but let the game slip away in the second, eventually losing in a rout 70-12.

It is the first win for the Charleville in five years.

The sky was heavy with dark clouds like a bad metaphor.

They were telling us something. The atmosphere was tense.

Both sides jumped out onto the field. For the first time in years, the finals field included neither Quilpie nor Cunnamulla.

This time, it was the favourites (the quick-moving Comets) and the challengers (the aggressive Meatants).
Both sides - and the enormous crowd, the biggest of the season by far - paused for a minute's silence in honour of Fruity Bruton.

Then it was on for young and old.

Charleville immediately gave away a penalty. And another. The second was on report. It was barely a minute in and Augathella were at the gates.

The Comets' defence was too much. They fiercely held off the Meatants' early attack.

It was great, bone crunching play.

The Metants gave away a penalty in front. Nick Russell scored put it over, but the conversion was whiffed.

The game swung back and forth.

A penalty to Augathella handed them another chance. Buddy Peacock knocked it on.

Finally, Jamaine Willet broke through on the right putting Augathella in front. But Charlevile responded, immediately back in front.

By half-time Charleville held a narrow 18-12 advantage.

The second half was totally unlike the first. It was a rout.

Augathella's morale was shattered by a series of breaks by Shannon Mitchell (passed to David Ross Logan) and Leeroy Holley.

Holley's execution in particular was just great footy, and he thoroughly deserved his man of the match honour.
 over three rows of half-a-dozen meatants, right under the sticks.

A well-won man of the match for the captain.

Consequently, Augathella never recovered.

A mighty but fragile team was humbled 70-12.

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