Tense draw for Northern Outlaws in season opener
THE NORTHERN Outlaws stood firm against Caboolture in the first game of the season at Jack Stokes Oval on Saturday, coming away with an 18-all draw.
Coach Anthony Zipf said a win would have been good but at least it was not a loss.
"Our fellas brought it up to them," Zipf said.
The team built pressure at times but lost it with dropped balls and one-on-one tackles.
Halfback Jake Harney did well while Ian Naylor was dominant in the front row and Sam Young played a strong game at fullback.
Cameron Nelson and Sunshine Coast Falcons players Sam Young and Harney all found the try line.
A few minutes into the second half, with the score at 12-all, the lights went out and the players had to stand around on the field for about 25 minutes. When the lights came back on, players, coaches and referees decided to continue the game.
The Outlaws momentum did not slow with Harney scoring the Outlaws' final try. He also converted all three goals, to take the lead after five minutes of the lights coming back on.
However Caboolture was able to even the score with 10 minutes remaining, after the Outlaws let their guard down.
The Outlaws scrambled with a field goal attempt, but failed to make the distance by about eight metres.
Zipf said it was a really strong game of football that could have gone either way.
It was a great start to the season and there were plenty of people around to watch the game, even with the break in play, he said.
It gave the team something specific to work on at training.
"They know where they fell a bit short and can work on it before their next game against Nambour," he said.