2019 Round 9 Match Report

Gorillas Pay up for Sponsors

With a laundry list of injuries, the return of some old heads helped the Gorillas post a perfect day at Cale Oval on the weekend winning four from four in a stunning day of Rugby. It could have been the financial pressure of having our Sponsors present on our ‘Sponsors Day’, or it could have been the atmosphere they generated as they flocked in for the occasion, hopefully pleased to see the returns of their investment…

Rugby fever has spread to the Gorillas Women’s side as they continue to attract players and improve every week. This week they darted up the ladder a few spots with a win over CSU who have been undefeated and sitting at the top of the table for some time. After giving CSU a 17 point head start the Narromine girls had to dig deep to claw their way back into the contest which they did finishing the first half down 17 points to 12. The Gorillas set piece improved with their confidence and so the points continued to come for the home team taking a good lead into the last quarter. The backline fired late in the game with Madeline Piccolo making great meters to help Beth Stace bag a double. Canadian Alice Theberge returned after an off-field injury and Bec Smyth found it too hard to stay away, returning to the field and making her presence felt in the Gorillas 33 points to 24 win over the students. A great team effort showing even more promise for our womens side moving forward.

The Narromine Colts have had a mixed season which has been hindered by player numbers, but have found themselves in third on the competition ladder after their composed win against Orange City on the weekend. Again finding themselves short of a bench again the young Gorillas played a very rounded game of Rugby grinding away against a wily City outfit where good ball retention, strong defence and some good ball movements in attack allowed them to sneak over for four tries ending at 22 points to City’s 14.

With 2nd Grade Coach Craif Duff away causing traffic mayhem, successful stand-in Bill Rybak made light work of the job rotating his bench superbly to give his side the edge to mount 60 points on a CSU outfit that did it tough. Jock Blackman broke the line with nearly every touch and young prop Hayden Everett spent bulk minutes on the field showing just how strong he is in both attack and defence, getting himself a 5 pointer in the process.

With some familiar names like Smyth, McCutcheon, MacInnes, Harding and Burgess saddling up in the back-line there was always going to be tries on order. But the forwards were doing such a good job they didn’t need them as they crossed for just as many tries as the ageing has-beens out wide. Some great efforts from the young, and influential experience from the old(er) made for a great outcome for the undefeated Gorillas side.

After CSU ended a 33 game winning streak for the Gorillas 1st Grade in the primary round of this years competition, the second meeting of the sides was much anticipated with the match-up bearing as a potential grand final preview. With the loss to CSU coming from an out-of-character game by the Gorillas standards, there was a lot of initial confidence that a correction to the space-time-continuum was achievable, however, with 6 starters unavailable their was some nerves about the level of difficulty required, especially when fourth string back-rower Lachy McCutcheon got the call-up.

The home-side set the tone early and didn’t let up for the 80 minutes as the forwards put in a strong and cohesive performance. Jack Madgwick found an extra 10 kilograms as he ran out onto the field for his maiden start for the 1st Grade side and made every touch count as the Narromine boys dominated in both attack and defence.

Scrum half Jono Sharkey kept the students honest around the ruck looking to snipe at every chance, and even though fly-half George Hancock seemed well-marked, when the men in red let the ball loose full-back Doug Potter found plenty of room linking up with Narromines new favourite son Jake Brennan several times who showed that mullets may well just help you be a better rugby player…

Even though the students were marked harshly on this occasion, they will hold the home-ground advantage once again in the next meeting that may very well decide the minor premiership.

The Gorillas are in Dubbo next week and will return to Cale Oval on the 29th July verse Mudgee for our Reunion Ball Weekend to celebrate previous premierships won, most notably the 2009 Blowes Cup 1st Grade Premiership. Tickets are available online, please see our facebook page for details.

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