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Group 16 Rugby League
The Grand Finalists for 2017 are now set following the Preliminary Finals at Moruya.
In the opening game, The Moruya Sharkettes beat the Bega Chicks in a gripping Ladies League Tag game, eventually running out winners 12-8.
Above: the Moruya Sharkettes are the second team into the League Tag Grand Final, beating the Bega Chicks - Photo Group 16 Rugby League
This is the first year Bega will not contest the grand final since the game was introduced five years ago. Moruya are in their first grand final and will take on the Bombala team in the first game next Sunday, commencing 9.30am.
The Under 18s was not the tight game expected, as Batemans Bay were always in control of the match, running out 28-4 winners over Narooma. The Bay meet the undefeated Merimbula-Pambula in the second game next week.
Above: The Bay Tigers coming out winners over the Narooma Devils 28-4 - Photo Group 16 Rugby League
Reserve grade saw Candelo-Bemboka eventually wear down a gutsy Merimbula-Pambula 34-22 in a great game of flowing rugby league. Their bigger forward pack eventually prevailed over the Bulldogs, who gave it their all. Next week should see a great game when the Panthers meet the only side who has beaten them this year, the Bega Roosters.
Bombala won the right to challenge the undefeated Cooma Stallions for first grade honours after they outlasted an unlucky Merimbula-Pambula 16-12. The Bulldogs were probably the better side for much of the game, dominating field position but could not breach the desperate defence of the Blue Healers.
Tathra and Pambula returned to form just weeks before the semis in crushing their opponents in a large scoring round of action. Tathra smashed Merimbula 21.18.144 to 1.2.8 while Pambula were just as ruthless disposing of Bermagui 23.15.153 to 2.4.16. Bermagui were in great form these past weeks but have hit a major injury hurdle and look unlikely to trouble the top 3 teams at semi time. Narooma had a rest when Eden had to forfeit due to lack of numbers.
Broulee Moruya Giants had a long road trip to Merimbula, with a mixed bag of results.
The Development team had a strong 13.8.86 to 2.1.13 win over the home side to get off the bottom of the ladder and assure a semi-final berth.
The Broulee Moruya Giants Ladies also recorded a big win 9.5.59 to 1.2.8
Unfortunately, the three junior teams ran into red hot Merimbula squads. The Under 11s were competitive for much of the game but fell 8.3.51 to 6.2.38. The Under 13s lost 7.4.46 to 4.1.25 and the Under 16s 10.14.74 to 1.3.9
In ACTAFL, the Batemans Bay Seahawks have stormed into the semi-finals after beating the second placed ADFA/RMC Rams 10.12.72 to 7.8.56 in Canberra. It was a do or die effort and the team responded well to coach Mick Harvey’s game plans. They go into next week’s semi-final against the ANU Griffins, whom they beat the previous round, with some confidence.
Above: "5 on the trot!!! We're in the 4.. bring on the finals next week!" Photo: Batemans Bay Seahawks / Waves
Until next week Ian Traynor Around The Net Batemans Bay Tigers Womens Rugby League Open Women team took on Windang up on their home turf winning 26/0 with only 13 players. They are off to the semi finals next week.