Final Round Success
In the final round of the regular season the Mighty Narromine Gorillas Secure Minor Premierships in 1st and 2nd Grade, as well as finals births for Colts and Women. But the most miraculous story from the weekend was the raising of over fifty thousand dollars for the Beat the Breakdown Charity.
The juggernaut that has become of the Gorillas Womens side continued their incredible form downing the Dubbo Rhinos 80 points to 7. The Rhinos had some good pace and ball movement but the Gorillas contained their attack well and were ruthless in making the most of their opportunities with Alice Theberge adding to her points tally and Players Player Madeline Bretag getting a try for herself on the back of a great support effort. Recent recruit Isobel Cahill is finding her feet and caused plenty of headaches for the Rhinos in attack. Ella Meldrum was outstanding at the breakdown allowing Jamielee Elwin and Lakeisha Hull to clear the ball well to our runners out wide. The Women have finished seventh in an eight team finals series which sees them play Forbes next week (location TBA). Forbes have been performing well at the back end of the season and will be a real test for the Gorillas.
The Colts ended the regular season in a very tough and physical game against the Dubbo Roos going down 20 points to 7. The young Gorillas matched the Roos for most of the game but couldn’t hang on toward the end as the Roos put on some late points to secure the win. Again struggling for numbers a lot was asked of the group who have impressed with their courage all year. Jacob Taylor was playing well until he came from the field with an injury adding to the Gorillas woes. With Carlos Nykolyn on the sideline Alex Heap moved to 10 and played an excellent game with the Roos directing most of their traffic his way. The boys have finished fourth and will play the Roos again this week (location TBA).
The Gorillas 2nd Grade have come out Undefeated Minor Premiers after fifteen rounds and are well on their way to a perfect season! This being the case it was a warm welcome for some key players coming back into the side with Keith Maher, Harry Tuck, Luke Mack and Luke Brown getting back into it in their 48 to 0 win over the Rhinos. Dan Treseder has been back for a few weeks now after getting some body maintenance done and is playing some good footy. And shout-out to Euan Truscott who backed up for another full game after his tough loss in colts.
Also Minor Premiers, the Gorillas 1st Grade was far from polished on the weekend in their 66 to 17 win also over the Rhinos. Jono Sharkey and George Hancock had the side going forward well which led to plenty of scoring opportunities but a willing Rhinos defence had the home side pushing passes and turning over a lot of ball. Doug Potter returned from injury adding a lot of flair on the wing, however Michael Harris came from the field with a shoulder issue that could trouble his chances of seeing out the year. Defensively the Gorillas gave away plenty of territory as well which will need to be addressed if they are to achieve Premiership glory again this year.
The Gorillas get the chance to host the first round if finals with 1st Grade taking on CSU, and 2nd Grade facing Mudgee. A 1st Grade win will see the Gorillas host this years Grand Finals which will be the goal but they’ll have to improve if they are to see off the students.
The big success story of the day though was the efforts of the Shire of Narromine raising over fifty thousand dollars for the Beat the Breakdown Charity. For a region in survival mode this is such a massive effort, but none greater than the nine heroes who walked 77 kilometres for the cause. Thank you to them, and all those who donated or bought a Jersey on Saturday night.
We look forward to seeing you at Cale Oval again this weekend for finals footy!!!