Dirty Reds back in the winner’s circle
A hat trick from Addison Demetriou was enough for Glebe-Burwood to break a two-game losing streak and defeat Penrith Brothers 32-16 at Hickey’s Reserve on Sunday afternoon.
The Dirty Reds were desperate for a win after consecutive losses to Cabramatta and Guildford and got off to the best possible start when Addison Demetriou crossed after just 3 minutes. Cronulla-contracted Bessie Aufaga-Toomaga extended the lead on 24 minutes with his first try for the club on 24 minute. That put Glebe-Burwood 12-0 up – a lead they maintained until half-time. But the home side hit back quickly in the second half with two tries in the opening 5 minutes to even up the scores.
George Tsikrikas put the Reds back in front on 50 minutes, but again, Brothers drew level when veteran Gray Viane crossed four minutes later. But the fightback ended when Aufaga-Toomaga grabbed his second on 62 minutes, with man-of-the-match Demetriou adding another two tries in the final five minutes to secure a 16-point win. While Demetriou starred, lock Royce Tout turned also turned in another strong performance and half-back Jesse Marschke made a solid return after a one-week absence due to a facial injury.
It was a far from perfect performance from Glebe-Burwood, but, given the ever-growing list of players unavailable for selection, it was a welcome two points. The club now sits second on the Ron Massey Cup ladder – two points behind league leaders Guildford.
The competition takes a break this weekend, before the Dirty Reds travel to Ringrose Park on Sunday, June 10th when they’ll take on third-placed Wentworthville.