Finals Fever in Narromine
Already having secured home grand finals in both 1st and 2nd Grade the Gorillas had the week off, while their opponents were confirmed with CSU 1st Grade, and Mudgee 2nd Grade sealing their spots for this weeks finale, with an element of dejavue with the match-ups being repeats of the first finals round just over a week ago… Cale Oval will be the venue to make history this Saturday as the Gorillas shoot for consecutive Premierships in both Grades!
Meanwhile, the Gorillas Women and Colts were both in Cowra at the weekend for the next stage in their finals campaign, although on different days as the Women took on Temora on Saturday, and the Colts took on the Rhinos on Sunday. The significance of having four grades making finals is that the Gorillas have never managed this feat before, making this season all the more special for the Club!
On Saturday, Cowra provided an unfamiliar setting for the mostly un-seasoned Gorillas with some wet weather, but there was no sign it had any impact on the girls performance as they stormed to a massive 50-19 victory. Temora applied early pressure and were looking to make it a tough day for the Gorillas, but a runaway try to Alice Theberge off a turn-over got the girls going and they added two more tries through Madeline Piccolo and Beth Stace by the end of the first quarter.
A scoreless second quarter had the crowd on their seats and set the game up to be a nail-biter… But it just wasn’t to be for Temora as the Gorillas found their groove and piled on the points in the second half with Beth Stace ending up with four tries, and Alice Theberge three. Their success credited to the incredible work being done up front with Kayla Fowler and Megan Mrowka taking the ball up strongly, and Jess Brown and Ella Meldrum dominating defensively allowing Bec Smyth to promote the ball out wide to the Gorillas speedsters.
There is a lot of excitement around this group after the club had been without a Womens team in recent years. They have a real Premiership chance this year but will have to go through last years winners in the Bathurst Bulldogs this weekend to get a chance at the trophy.
In Sundays game the Colts had prepared themselves for a hard fight making the trip to Cowra down on player numbers, but it was a bizarre twist of fate that now sees them on to the next round… The Colts were taking on the Dubbo Rhinos who were also short on numbers, and it was the Gorillas that took the early lead and were showing that this was going to be their day before two Rhinos players unfortunately violently clashed heads resulting in Rhinos making the unenviable decision to forfeit due to lack of numbers, handing the win to Narromine. It may not be the way the boys wanted to get it done, but it sees them through to next weeks Grand Final qualifier against the Dubbo Roos.
Cale Oval gates open at 12:30pm this Saturday for the New Holland Agriculture Cup Grand Finals featuring both 1st and 2nd Grade Gorillas!