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Group 16 Rugby League
Half way through the season and Moruya’s hope of winning a third straight premiership looks dim. They sit outside the top four following their 38-28 away loss to Bega. The Sharks lead 18-14 at half time but were over ran by the Roosters in the second half. Interestingly, twelve of the seventeen players who played for the Sharks were not in last year’s Grand Final team, indicating the change of the guard at Moruya
In other first grade games, Cooma remains unbeaten after thrashing Batemans Bay 46-0, Narooma fought valiantly and lead late in the game only to fall at the end 36-34 to Bombala and Eden edged out Merimbula Pambula 24-22. Narooma Devils went down to the Bombala Blue Heelers 36-34 in one of the most brilliant games of Rugby League seen at Smyth Oval in many years.A late Bombala try brought the Devils undone after they had taken the lead 34-32 with only a few minutes to go, but a penalty and a couple of missed tackles enabled the Blue Heelers to snatch victory
In Reserve Grade, Bega were too strong in the end beating Moruya 14-0 in a tough match, Candelo Bemboka maintained top spot with a 42-6 disposal of Bombala, Merimbula were too strong for Eden 42-6 and Cooma had a 24-14 victory over the Bay.
Ladies League Tag, Moruya and Bega played a 10 all draw, Bombala 20-4 over Narooma, Eden had a rare win, beating Merimbula 16-14 and Cooma were too strong for Batemans Bay 32-8.
Under 18s saw Batemans Bay draw with Cooma 22 all, Bega had too many guns for Moruya winning 22-10 and Eden forfeited their game against Merimbula.
SCAFL had a general bye for representative games. Next week Narooma travel to Pambula in the top of the table clash that may well determine the premiership credentials of both teams.
In ACT AFL, Batemans Bay Seahawks had a rare drawn game against the Ainslie TriColours , both teams kicking 11.9.75. Next week they again travel over the mountain to play Woden. The reserves had the bye. The weekend report from Ash Steinke: Some great games of footy yesterday as the Cooma Stallions headed down to Batemans Bay to take on the Bay Tigers at Mackay Park.
Kicking off with the Ladies League Tag and era at the start saw Cooma in the defence on repeat, but Cooma then stepped up and took control of the game; with great ball movement and reading the game took home the win 32-8. Under 18's with several simple eras and push and shove the Cooma lads let the Tigers run the show before stepping up and coming out with a draw 22-22. Reserve Grade and the Cooma Stallions couldn't seem to hold the ball, getting cold feet at the try line. Great kicking from Cooma's half back saw a forty twenty in action and this is where Cooma took control and snuck in some quick tries. Great kicking by Cooma's centre also say Cooma come out winners 24-14. First Grade and we saw some of the star players out due to injuries and Cooma's Captain Coach unable to play due to the arrival of his recent daughter. Within minutes of the game saw Cooma drop to the Tigers level; giving away stupid penalties and silly passes. A strong forward back pushed through the Tigers line and that was the end of it for the Tigers team. With great attacking the Stallions showed why they were on top and came out winners 46-0. All in all it was a great day for the Cooma teams coming out winners in all grades. Cooma would like to welcome everyone to Cooma next Sunday for a clash between Narooma/Candelo Bemboka and the Stallions; times tbc.
Click to enlarge and slideshow Above: From the album Cooma Stallions v Batemans Bay Tigers - Under 18's, Reserve Grade and First Grade - Photos by Ashleigh Steinke of AS Photography
Rugby Union (source) The Boars are back in the winners circle, and looked a whole new team with a 57 to nil win. Congrats to Gungahlin on their 50th year, and we move forward with next weeks game v Braidwood at Braidwood!