Towns travelled the 220km up the road to Derby to take on the Derby Tigers.
Derby were winless despite playing every game at home so far this season.
Towns took the bus to Derby with high expectations and a reasonable team in although skipper Rhonen Maher was carrying an injury as were a couple of others.
The first quarter Derby started the better, kicking the first three goals before Towns registered their first through Damo Crispin. At the end of the first term Derby led 4.2 26 to Towns 2.0.12.
Two goals in the first 3 minutes of 2nd Quarter, saw Towns cut the lead to 1 point before Derby hit back, kicking the next 3 goals of the quarter and their lead at half time was 22 points.
In a quiet third term for both teams Derby booted 2 goals to Towns 1, to extend their lead to 31 points.
Derby kicked the first goal at the start of the final term to lead by 37 then Towns finally found some rhythm. Four goals in a row to Towns cut the lead to just 11 points with 2 minutes remaining but a late Derby goal sealed the match by 17 points.
According to Daz the coach (and bus driver) the trip home was extremely raucous (probably could have been worse if we were celebrating a win). Lucky we only have to travel once a year. One player had to get dropped off to hospital when they got back to town but was released all fine Sunday morning. Apparently he thought he could withstand a full on tackle by a guy in the team with a rugby background. He came off second best. Nothing like being 10 foot tall and bullet proof – we have all been there and done that. Hoping the bus trip increases morale for next week.
So we head into round 8 this week with just only one win on the board. We take on reigning premiers Cable Beach this Friday night. Should be a good clash and we are hoping the boys can turn things around in the second half of the season – we are more than capable.