Moree Boomerangs prepare for grand final

Reserve grade: Moree winger Silas Blackman-Haines dives for the try line after making a break from the sideline to score against Narwan in Armidale on Sunday. Photo: Ellen Dunger

Reserve grade: Moree winger Silas Blackman-Haines dives for the try line after making a break from the sideline to score against Narwan in Armidale on Sunday. Photo: Ellen Dunger

The Moree Boomerangs will look to their league tag and reserve grade sides in the Group 19 grand final on Saturday to bring home two premiership wins for 2017.

History has already been made for the local club, as this year’s ladies league tag side are the first to ever advance into a grand final.

Coached by Lorilie Haines, the girls will have the club’s full support as they take on Glen Innes at Boggabilla.

The Rangs reserves fought hard on Sunday against Narwan to secure their spot in the grand final, coming away with a resounding 66-20 win.

Boomerangs coach Chris Binge said he was confident the local reserve grade could head out to Boggabilla on Saturday and create a major upset to win the premiership after the weekend just gone.

“They really turned up to play on Sunday and turned around a disappointing effort the week before. On the back of their outstanding win I’m sure the boys will be quietly confident.

They know they have a bit of work ahead of them going up against a stiffer competition but I have every confidence in them.”

Binge was also confident the ladies had a big week ahead of them preparing for their final game.

“I have no doubt their coach, Lorilie will make sure they tick all the boxes needed heading into this weekend. We hope they can bring home the win and make a bit of history for the club.” The club’s first grade season ended on Sunday, as they had a close loss against Narwan in Armidale.

A tough loss of Jamie Sampson in the first minute of the game, led to a disappointing start for the local side. In the first 20 minutes Narwan jumped out to a 22-0 lead.

“We touched the ball once in the first 20 minutes and for about 19 of those we were defending but once Jamie was back on the field the boys really fought back and we went into half time with the score 22-16.”

With sheer determination and grit the boys were the first one the board at half time to even the score 22-all.

They then score another really two good tries until Narwan scored one back and with 18 minutes to go there was an eight-point buffer.

Another try by Narwan brought the score to two points difference in Rangs favour. Kyle Tighe scored an “amazing” try to bring back that eight-point buffer.

With eight minutes to go a controversial call from a touchie saw a turnover for Nawan right on the Rangs try line and with six minutes remaining Narwan scored.

Narwan went on to score once more with 30 seconds to go.

“We had a player sent off with 10 minutes remaining on the clock and we played 60 minutes of an 80 minute game with 12 men which really showed our grit and spirit.

“As much as we didn’t get the result I couldn’t be more happy with the way they fought back.”

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