John Mooney: Brownies Bulldogs vs Three Tuns
Three Tuns hold the West Hull 'bragging rights' after a 30-12 victory over Brownies Bulldogs in the GMB Hull & District Open Age League on Saturday. The teams, who have bases just a few hundred yards apart on Anlaby Road, also share a ground at Beecroft Street where the second round of fixtures took place in very windy condition. The teams were locked in combat for half-an-hour with no quarter asked or given. It was ferocious stuff at times but discipline was excellent and the Bulldogs held out against the wind until a smart passing movement saw Jamie Halley cross for Tuns. It was no afternoon for goal-kickers and it was no surprise when Carl Pettman missed the conversion. Brownies had a chance to go level a few minutes later but a forward pass was ruled when they went over in the corner. That was the last chance they had in the half as first Paul Stamp then livewire hooker Danny Gardner went over for Tuns with Pettman converting to make it 16-0 at the break.
The Bulldogs needed an early break to get back in contention and a fortuitous bounce saw Calvin Parker cross and it looked game on with conditions in their favour and a successful conversion. However, Ben Rowan had other ideas and a brilliant solo effort saw Tuns race into a 20-6 lead. Brownies forwards, well led by Aaron Higginbottom, kept battling away and the hard-working Johnny Buttery pulled the score back and Lewis Colrein's conversion gave them a sniff but, as in the opening half, two late tries, both from Sam Roe, clinched the victory for Tuns who had Sam Young and Ash Shaw in excellent form up front.
It was a tough game played in a gale force wind but great credit to both sides who produced an entertaining match.