Another Gorillas Clean Sweep Consolidates Season
The Gorillas executed another clean sweep on the weekend travelling to Dubbo and winning all grades against the Rhinos.
Continuing their upward trend in form the Gorillas Women were strong all over the park against the Rhinos with a 43 to 5 winning scoreline. The Narromine forwards dominated in set-piece and general play managing to turn over a lot of ball at the breakdown through the likes of Ella Meldrum. Jess Brown was devastating in defence as usual, and Alice Theberge was afforded some good running room off the back of Meagan Mrowkas strong carries through the Rhinos defensive line. With the strong structural play in the middle the ball was sent wide on several occasions for Lakeisha Hull and Beth Stace to put the afterburners on scoring some great long range tries. Hard to stop, and hungry for points, the Gorillas capitalised on penalties with some quick taps resulting in easy meters and tries in another great win by the girls!
The Colts put together arguably their best team performance together winning 29 -10 and catapulting themselves into 2nd place on the competition ladder. Missing some key players for the day, the 15 young Gorillas that took the field gave everything they had to beat the talented Rhinos team. Mr reliable, Eric Dayes, crossed for 2 tries, and Alex Heap had a good day with the boot to relegate the Rhinos Colts to third on the ladder. A big thanks to Mark Coleman who pulled a jumper on and put in a great effort whilst home for the weekend. There are very few points from 2nd to 3rd but the Narromine boys seem to be finding some momentum at the right time of the season.
Narromine’s undefeated 2nd Grade continued their dream run starting swiftly with a wonderful try off a scrum allowing Hamish job to stay clean while grounding the ball in the corner. Ryan Pratten found himself a double in the first half before the Gorillas lost their way for a while. Finding their feet in the second half the Gorillas awoke to put in a great last 20 minutes to run the score out to 48 points to 7. Jock Blackman, Braydon McManus and Liam Gleeson continue their good form for the club and helped put on a great defensive display. Player numbers continue to improve off the back of success which has really helped a club that had struggled with numbers early and is sure to help close out the season well, even if Luke Harding seems to be down a few km/h…
The Narromine 1st Grade put more pressure on CSU for the Minor Premiership putting in a perfect performance against the Rhinos with a 60 points to 0 win. Consistency is key in a season of football and the Gorillas are enjoying consistent performers from the likes of Jonathon Sharkey, Sam McLeod and Captain Tim Allworth who all played well again on the weekend. A point of difference over the rest of the competition is the Gorillas maul that has been developing and working outstandingly this year and did so on the weekend, one progressing over 25m to result in a try. While a yellow-carded coach would say the team started slowly and took time to work into the game, the Rhinos were never afforded a fair opportunity to score points as the Gorillas held them to a nil scoreline. The Gorillas also used a full bench on the weekend rotating players to maintain their intensity on the field as Andrew Gibson, Pat McCutcheon and Angus Wilson brought fresh enthusiasm onto the field.
The Gorillas have kicked out a few points clear of CSU now and will look to continue to extend the points lead next week against Mudgee at Cale Oval. Next Saturday is also the Gorillas Ball, please head to our Facebook Page for details and tickets!