Beaudesert Kingfishers’ Debbie Marzella Cup team travelled to Parkwood last Saturday to contest a match played in honour of mental health awareness.
The understrength Kingfishers started steadily but favourites Parkwood put on a couple of tries to lead 14-0 early.
By half-time, however, Beaudesert led 16-14, after clawing their way back into the arm wrestle through tries to Brendan Knight, Zane Williams and Daniel Johns.
With only two men on the bench, the second half was tough going for Beaudesert with Parkwood taking advantage of the tiring Kingfishers’ forwards and space around the ruck to score first and lead 20-16.
But the Kingfishers weren’t done yet and they hit back with a try to George Hopkins.
However, it was all to no avail as Parkwood closed out the game 28-22.
Beaudesert’s best performers were Lachlan Goulding and Zac Fogarty.
Co-coach Michael Paulson said he was proud of how his team performed given the depleted lineup that took the field.
“I wasn’t expecting to beat them but the game was there to be won,” he said.
“We need to improve our discipline and be more patient.”
The team has a bye this weekend before breaking for the school holidays.
They next face Mudgeeraba at home on July 14.