Gorillas retain Red Cross Shield
With the Gorillas Women’s team having the bye it was the Colts who started off and with a number of players late for the occasion it was evident the boys minds had been elsewhere. Starting down on numbers the young Gorillas seemed flat as a unit from the start, and even when reinforcements arrived it didn’t seem to get much better.
Fronting up against the competition leaders in the Bathurst Bulldogs the Narromine boys were always going to be in for a hard fight, which meant that nothing but their best would do them justice, but they just couldn’t manage it on the day. There was some massive efforts put in by the likes of James O’Malley and Alex Heap but some ill-discipline and structural flaws saw more opportunities for the Bulldogs than the Gorillas wanted to give. Ending up on the wrong end of a 55 to 14 scoreline the Colts side have much they can work on if they are to contend for the title.
There was only one seniors game on the card for the day with Parkes unable to field a 2nd Grade, and even though there was a lull in the crowd with no preluding game, the showdown for the Red Cross Shield helped generate some atmosphere.
The Gorillas started strong with the ever consistent Michael Harris finding himself with two tries in a short period of time. A well constructed maul off a line-out saw more points come but the Parkes side rallied and showed great fight for a period stretching the Gorillas and getting over for a converted try of their own. The Gorillas hit back shortly after however, and Parkes seemed unable to keep up the home side as the men in red were able to find points at regular intervals.
Returning from a week off the days players-player Jonathon Sharkey found plenty of space around the ruck and would of nearly clocked up a marathons distance in run meters. Doug Potter reported a busted radar prior to kick-off but managed 10 from 10 conversions in the Gorillas 70 points to 7 win, including a drop-goal conversion after some tired legs from the sideline failed to get the tee out in good time…
Many thanks to the Red Cross team for their continued support of the event. The Gorillas are on the road to Blayney next week, and will return to Cale Oval on June 15th hosting CSU Mitchell in hopes of a strong reply after conceding defeat to them earlier in the season.