Fitting tribute: Falcons' first win since Ackerman tragedy
Jul
13
2015

BIG WIN: Falcons chairman Ashley Robinson and club CEO Chris Flannery celebrate.
BIG WIN: Falcons chairman Ashley Robinson and club CEO Chris Flannery celebrate. 
(LEVEL ELEVEN PHOTOGRAPHY)

A HOME crowd revelled in every second of the Sunshine Coast Falcons' 

49-10 demolition of Tweed Heads yesterday, in what was the team's first win 

since the James Ackerman tragedy.

In the aftermath of the club's darkest moment, players, coaches and fans 

were able to smile again as the boys paid their best tribute to Ackers yet, 

recording their biggest winning margin in almost five years.

As if spurred on by the spirit of Ackers the Falcons looked like they were 

enjoying their football for the first time in weeks as they played with an 

unrecognisable freedom to take a 32-6 halftime lead.

Fullback Travis Robinson was relieved to put together such an amazing 

performance after everything they'd been through.

"We've been against it, but I think everyone was just raring to go," he said.

"It was really tough for the first couple weeks, but the boys really wanted to 

dig deep and play for Ackers.

"He played hard, the boys wanted to play hard and it was good to see it come off.

"There's always that missing place there but the boys are trying to pick up that 

extra effort he put out there."

Sunshine Coast Falcons v's Tweed Heads Seagulls. Falcons No 9 Billy Brittain across the try line. Photo: Greg Miller / Sunshine Coast Daily
Sunshine Coast Falcons v's Tweed Heads Seagulls. Falcons No 9 Billy Brittain 
across the try line. Photo: Greg Miller / Sunshine Coast Daily Greg Miller

Coach Glen Dreger said it was an outstanding feeling and he was just happy 

for his charges.

"We've been through some rough times," he said.

"It'll be with us forever and the club wants that to be around, and we want that 

as players and coaching staff.

"He's an outstanding bloke and we won't let that be forgotten."

Yesterday's performance by the Falcons was a clinic as Young Tonumaipea picked 

up a hat-trick after Sam Young crossed for the Falcons' first two tries of the game.

The win reignited their Intrust Super Cup finals hopes and Dreger said his team will 

head to Papua New Guinea next week with newfound confidence.

"No one has won over there yet but we'll be up for the challenge," he said.

Ackerman was knocked unconscious during a tackle in a state league match against

 Norths Devils in Brisbane on June 20. Two days later the forward had still not 

regained consciousness and died in hospital.


Courtesy of Sunshine Coast Daily
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