Mixed results for a divided away round
The Gorillas were spread across the central west on the weekend with the Womens side in Molong taking on Wellington, the Colts in Dubbo playing the Roos, and the seniors trekking to Blayney for a tough encounter with the Rams.
After beating Wellington well earlier in the season the women may have been guilty of going in a bit overconfident as Wellington put in a great performance. The defensive effort in the first half was exceptional with Tahlia O’Rourke playing above her weight stopping many in their tracks. Two tries had Wellington up by 10 at the half and the Narromine side came out swinging after the break with new recruit, and players-player, Madeline Piccolo running well off half Jaimelee Elwin, who was also making good meters. Wellington managed two more tries before the third quarter, however, the Gorillas rallied in the fourth to prevent any more points being scored against them and were also able to run in one of their own making the final score 20 points to 7 in Wellington’s favour.
The Colts regrouped after their disappointing loss last week to put in a fantastic performance against the Dubbo Roos this week being edged out 29 points to 22. Playing with only 14 men the Gorillas put in everything they bagging some early points through Angus Bodiam. The Roos fought back to lock the scores as 12 a piece at half time, continuing in the second half to go out to 26 to 12. The Roos with a full bench may have thought the job was done, however, lead by captain John Corderoy the young Gorillas rallied and got within 4 points nearing full time when a crucial penalty afforded the Roos a penalty goal which took away the chance for a late win for the Narromine boys. A great effort from our young stars that is to be congratulated.
Meanwhile, in a cooler climate, the Blayney Rams put in a spirited performance in both grades against the senior Gorillas making them work hard for their points. 2nd Grades Hayden Everett and Zeke McNaught lead a great team effort from the front and the experience of Ryan Pratten at scrum half helped steer the team around creating opportunities for centre Dylan Ryan who continues to impress. A very handy side for our longest road-trip, but the boys were made to work hard for a 33 points to 7 win
The Gorillas 1st Grade got off to another great start with some early points and an overall well controlled first half with Jonathon Sharkey clearing the ball well despite lots of pressure from Blayney at the breakdown, and also finding space around the ruck at times making some good metres. Charlie Tuck was doing some great work to combat the Blayney attack and the team held together well through to half time.
The second half was a different story as Blayney worked hard at the breakdown and turned over a lot of ball. The referee was not liking the Gorillas scrum, but after a good chat to both front rows the penalties started to swing the other way and the Gorillas were able to regain control of the game and push back deep into Blayney’s half. Tim Gainsford was playing well until he was tackled awkwardly causing a season ending injury in a cruel end to a good win on the road with a 29 to 5 scoreline.
The Gorillas return to Cale Oval with all four grades on the 15th June for Sponsors Day.