2019 New Holland Cup Grand Finals Weekend

And just like that, the season is over…! Whatever the situation, all four of the Narromine Rugby Union sides played their last games for 2019 on the weekend. It was a very successful year for the Gorillas with all sides going deep into finals, however, there will be a slight bitter taste to how it all culminated with an upsetting end for 1st Grade…

The Women started off the day against the Bathurst Bulldogs in a play-off for a grand final spot and it was a game that did not disappoint with some fast flowing rugby being played by both sides. The Gorillas were hanging in with the Bulldogs but they managed to stay just far enough ahead to hold the win and head into this weeks Grand Final. The girls finished out the season in fourth position and should be commended for their well rounded contribution to the club this season!

The Colts were also in a play-off for a Grand Final birth and came agonising close despite playing down on numbers again. Having shown great spirit all season having struggled for numbers consistently, the Gorillas Colts were once again asked to play their hearts out if they were to ever be a chance against a full compliment Dubbo Roos team. The boys fought hard but were unable to get the win. The young Gorillas closed out the season in third and should be extremely proud of their efforts!

In this years Grand Final Narromine’s 1st Grade were met with a very determined CSU side that were playing their best football of the season. The Gorillas were showing enough control over the game taking a healthy lead into half time even having spent most of the first stanza in their own half of the field. However, it was as though some sort of switch had been flipped at half time and the Narromine boys could not to anything right in the second half having innumerous penalties thrown against them helping CSU gain plenty of opportunities to score, and slowly, but surely, they did just that chipping away at the deficit. The final blow being a penalty goal in the dying minutes to give CSU a one point lead, a lead that they would hold onto until the final whistle earning themselves this years title. Although there’ll be plenty of disappointment, the boys should be extremely happy with their efforts this year!

The heroes of the day were the Gorillas 2nd Grade side who secured their second consecutive Premiership conquering a very tough Mudgee Wombats outfit. Mudgee came to play and were relentless in their efforts to overcome the homeside throwing wave after wave at the Gorillas in a very tough battle. Luke Brown and Pat McCutcheon were in a tight tussle in the backline with Mudgee having some sizeable lads in play, and Ryan Wheeler continued his good form in a new position steering the team around well from the base of the ruck. The Gorillas lost prop Hayden Everett early with a shoulder injury, and Captain Craig Duff with a knee injury issue but with plenty of experience on the bench they kept enough control over the game to come out the other side victors 19 points to 8. A very good season from all involved and a very deserved win.

Thank you to all those who have supported us throughout the year, and thank you to all our invaluable sponsors. We’ll see you in 2020!

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