Gorillas Building early in the season
The second round for 2019 saw the Gorillas heading to Parkes for a rematch of 2018’s Grand Final. But with the Boars forfeiting 2nd Grade there was early signs that things are not as they were to the South.
The Ladies took on Temora in what was to be a frustrating event where they afforded Temora too much ball possession in their own half leading to a 43 points to 12 defeat. There was obvious signs of improvement from last week for the Gorillas with Tahlia O’Rourke leading the team around the park well, some great passages of play from Alice Theberge and a massive game being had by Ella Meldrum showing no fear taking the ball to the line at every opportunity. But even improved cohesion and a defensive bone-rattler from Beth Stace were not enough to close the gap with the Tuskers seemingly enjoying some well trained and structured play that the Gorillas will hope to emulate after some more time together.
The scoreboard operator will be glad he had the day off as the Gorillas 1st Grade kept it ticking over at a rate of knots finishing up at 71 to Parkes 0. Wasting no time the men in red found space early all over the park putting down some 5 pointers in quick succession. Tim Allworth’s second of three came from some early ball movement wide for Irishman John O’Meara to run near the length of the field to then throw an insane Benji Marshall flick pass to Allworth to finish off. Allworth put in a true captains knock, also earning him the days players-player.
Touches of ill-discipline crept in to the Gorillas game at the breakdown helping Parkes gain some territory, and their scrum was competing well meaning the Gorillas front row had to earn their oranges as the Boars put some pressure on the Gorillas set piece. Once such occasion seeing debutante Scott Robertson from the field after some slow ball from the base of the scrum saw him accidentally mashing faces with a Parkes defender. We hope for a positive recovery for Scott as he was showing some real class at outside centre.
After Easter we’ll be hosting our second home game with seniors facing up against Blayney, a 2018 2nd Grade Grand final rematch. Colts will meet Bathurst Bulldogs, and the Ladies will have a showdown against Wellington.