Owls slay reigning champions
By Richard Wilkinson
Angry Owls began the season with a win over their arch rivals Peanut Slabs. The Slabs, normally a team featuring a number of Super League players past and present, fielded a team of players wives supported by Willie Poching and a couple of otherwise blokes.
Angry Owls took a while to settle into the game as the new look side took a time to gel. The Slabs were attacking around the ruck in predictable fashion. As usual the Owls weren't particularly effective at defending this area, allowing the Slabs to gain easy yards in the middle of the pitch. An early try was secured by the Slabs following a quick 'show and go' by Big Willie from acting half before giving it to a fellow Slab over the try line.
However, the Owls began to ease their way back into the game and scored a long range try after Tallon showed his pace to go through a gap in mid field and canter in for a try. This was followed by a try for Tim 'marathon' Swan who nipped in from close range after concerted pressure from the Owls.
The Peanuts responded with another quick ruck play to get themselves back into the game.
With the game in the balance the Owls found the forward momentum to take the game into the Slabs half and sustain some pressure on the Slabs line. This eventually resulted in a try for Dunnington Matthew who took the final pass from Wilkinson to take the Owls into the lead. Another try from Swan finished the contest.
Controversially this victory was not recorded as the first league win for the Owls as the tournament organisers decided this fixture was to determine the league structure.