Tough fought win on the road for Gorillas
The Narromine Colts found themselves alone on the road this week as they travelled to Orange while the rest of the club headed to Mudgee.
The Gorillas Colts continue to represent the town well as they pulled off a second big win against the Orange Emus on the weekend. After a very stop-start first half the young Gorillas found their groove in the second half finishing with an almost identical scoreline to round 1 winning 39 to 5. Even though they’re borderline for numbers the boys continue to put together solid team performances to overcome opponents, made easier with the likes of recently named under 18 Country Representative, and the days players-player, Jack Bell steering the side around.
Having now accumulated some game time as a unit the Narromine Women put on a great show in their second bout against Mudgee. As was the case in the first round, Mudgee’s pack troubled the Gorillas in attack despite another stellar effort from Jess Brown. This time however, the Gorillas found themselves in a much closer contest as they were able to post a decent score of their own in reply, only losing out 36 points to 26. Beth Stace showed her speed, and ability to find space, scoring three of the four tries with Jamielee Elwin nailing three from four conversions. Players player Sophie Currey also flexed her muscles getting over the advantage line numerous times in attack and putting her body on the line in defence to hold Mudgee to a very respectable score.
In the senior grades the Gorillas had to fight all the way as Mudgee put on a great show for their old-boys day. Second grade had to fight to the final minute to hold onto their 26 to 22 win which saw each side fighting for ascendency in the best showing of a second grade game this year. Narromine’s short bench meant they were stretched as Mudgee rotated their players well, each side crossed for four tries each, but it was the boot of Ryan Wheeler that was the difference in the end, his two tries also helping him come away with the players-player vote.
Mudgee’s first grade proved themselves to be a team to be wary of this year in a physical contest that saw blows being traded in a very back-and-forth game. Lead by the days players-player Keith Maher, the Gorillas forwards got a chance to show their technical ability executing a fantastic rolling maul off a line-out to find points. Chances also came at scrum time as Luke Brown ran well from the base and the experienced Gorillas pushed the Mudgee pack around taking opportunities to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
George Hancock had another solid game, Tim Gainsford was consistent in getting over the advantage line and Ryan Pratten, in his second start for the day, helped the Gorillas chip away. Dylan Ryan had his first start in the centres and put in a great show against some rather stout opposition. Despite all effort the back-line failed to take all their chances as handling errors crept into their game which could have seen the scoreline in a much healthier position. It was a very pleasing end result for the Narromine boys though with a penalty goal being the only points they conceded with the final whistle seeing a 34 points to 3 end.
This week we are at home to Parkes for our annual Red Cross Shield.