Mackay Cutters Head of Football, Kim Williams only a few weeks ago said “there’s a lot of belief and confidence within the group, that we can be competitive and push for finals”. And after seeing the teams performance in round 6, that “belief and confidence” of theirs is shining through. “Round 6 was by far the best performance I’ve seen so far this season” Williams said. The team has made some really great improvements, and are overall working together beautifully. “The attack really clicked, particularly in the first half. Considering the grounds were pretty ordinary after a week of rain, the team built on their performance continuously throughout the game, and into the second half which was more of a wrestle grinding finish.” Williams said.
Straight off the bat there were some excellent plays by a few of the team members that stood out to all, including Sean Mullany who for good reason, took home both Man and Player of the Match titles. Mullany made one line break, 36 tackles, registered 144 run metres and assisted in one try.
Henri Stocks made his debut with the Cutters in round 6 and did so in superb style, with his first forced drop out kick averaging 189.2 metres. “The game went a lot better than I had expected, and the entire team made it really easy for me to perform in my role as they are all really good at their own.” Stocks said. Making his debut at a home game, and copping the win was an excellent way to kick off his Cutters career. “It was really nice to see the joy on my teammates faces getting the win at home, I think we all have a good feeling about the rest of 2022.” Kim Williams has expressed how great it was to see Henri out on the field for the first time on Saturday. “Stocks played excellently. What really stood out was his confidence to make a play that wasn’t set, and watch it pay off. Playing like that at his level is really exciting for the team, and it certainly wont be his last game of the season.”
Winger Jake Riley also deserves some serious credit. Riley impressed everyone scoring two tries for the Cutters in the first half, while also making seven tackle breaks and 123 run metres. “I’ve played 3 games so far this season, so my goal for the next game is definitely getting selected. I think overall the team will use the confidence they’ve had from this win to build on motivation for the rest of the season to come.” Riley said.
Overall, the Cutters win in round 6 has given them a great shot of confidence, which will set them up nicely for the weeks to come. “With Burleigh Bears and Wynnum Manly coming up, it would be amazing to see the boys string together 3 wins in a row. This is what the locals love to see and what brings them out week after week to watch at BB Print Stadium. We’d love to get the biggest crowd of this season out for round 9 to support their local team.” Williams said.
Join us at our next home game on Friday the 20th of May where we take on the Wynnum Manly Seagulls!