Gorillas Storming Home
It’s nearing the end of the season and the Gorillas are doing everything right to give them the best chance of some finals at home, and fingers crossed an opportunity to host another Grand Final this year.
With the Womens Westfund Ferguson Cup set to have an eight team finals series the Narromine women are looking to get an invite sitting comfortably in eighth with some chances to move further up the ladder in the remaining rounds. They took on the combined Cowra-Canowindra team on the weekend in Cowra and put in a confidence boosting performance with a 97 points to 0 win.
The Gorillas women continue to pick up players which certainly helps game management and they are benefiting hugely with the team all playing their part in such a big win this week. Beth Stace, Tahlia O’Rourke, Alice Theberge, Bec Smyth, Madeline Picollo, and Meagan Mrowka shared in the points tally as the girls kept the intensity at a level their opponents could not match. Bec Smyth was at her devastating best again showing her strength and will swatting away defenders as she made plenty of run meters. The Women will be looking to take their chances against come of the competitions best sides over the next few weeks to fine-tune their game in a pitch to seek glory on Grand Final Day.
With Duck Creek races on the Colts competition was given a general bye, and Parkes are still unable to field a 2nd Grade so it was a lonely 1st Grade contingent that made the short trip to Parkes to take on the Boars.
The performance of the Gorillas 1st Grade has all but ensured a home semi-final sitting a few points clear on the ladder, but there was much to learn from the weekends game as Parkes found some easy metres in a physical contest. Narromine started strongly which is something they’ve been working hard on and raced in a number of tries in quick succession before Parkes were able to stem the flow of points and get on the board themselves to trail 45 points to 5 at half time. The Gorillas were operating well making good metres just wide of the ruck and the centre pairing of Mitch Rixon and Craig Duff had Parkes men working hard out wide with the bulk of Narromines tries being put down out wide. Inspired after a recent 10 year reunion of Narromines 2009 Blowes Cup win, Craig Duff wound back the clock making a number of breaks but finding he just doesn’t quite have the feet to get him into the in-goal any more. Jake Brennan picked himself up a number of tries and put his newly bleached mullet to work as a goal-kicker which saw him slot a few tough kicks from the sideline with his round-house soccer style execution.
The 2nd half was a very different game as Parkes got into a bit of a groove rolling their big men just wide of the ruck gaining them good metres as the Gorillas defence seemed to lack some organisation and intensity. Parkes seemed to get away with murder in attempting to defend the Gorillas maul, but the Narromine boys kept sending it at them with one such drive gaining 40 metres as they continued to grind away. The continued effort of Sam McLeod, who seemingly has some kind of perpetual motion engine under the hood, as well as some fresh reserves seemed to lift Narromine with Bill Rybak, making his comeback from injury, quickly creating space for himself leaping past plenty of would-be defenders in a 30 metre run before being pulled down. This sparked the Gorillas with George Hancock scoring his 2nd try a few phases later, and after recovering from his earlier effort Bill Rybak found himself over the line late in the game as well. These would be the only points scored by the Gorillas in the 2nd half as the game ended at 55 points to 12.
Coach Craig Campbell was happy with the result but will be looking to work his boys hard to iron out the kinks needed to achieve another Premiership this year. The Gorillas are home next week in all Grades!