Moree Boomerangs have made history, securing three Group 19 rugby league premierships after a dream grand final day at home on Sunday.
The dream run began with under 18s’ nail-biting 28-18 win against Tingha Tigers.
The Boomerangs were leading 18-0 at the end of the first half, and further consolidated their lead with another try and successful conversion in the first few minutes of the second half.
However, the Tigers came back fighting, scoring the next three tries to close the score to 24-18.
With two minutes remaining on the clock, the Rangs managed to score again, securing the victory 28-18.
Next up were reserve grade, in their eighth straight grand final match, against rivals Narwan Eels.
The Boomerangs got off to an early lead with a try by Hayden McGrady, converted by Anthony Robinson. However the Eels were hot on their Eels, evening the score to 6-all.
Two more tries and a conversion by the Rangs saw the score 16-6 at the end of the first half.
The Rangs ran away with the game in the second half, not letting the Eels put another point on the board, with the final score 42-6.
The Rangs were leading 18-6 at the end of the first half, before a Magpies try and conversion brought the score to 18-12. The Rangs scored and converted two more times, making the score 30-12, before a second-half surge by the Magpies narrowed the difference to two points with only 11 minutes remaining.
A final try by Peter Duncan and successful conversion by Will Fernando was enough to secure the win for the Rangs, with the final score 36-28.
The A grade victory topped off a perfect day for the home side.
Moree Boomerangs president Mitchell Johnson said it couldn't have been better.
“It’s been history today - three grades, a home grand final and on Father’s Day, so you can’t get much better than that,” he said.
“I’m just over the moon, I’m so happy for the club.
“All the boys put in a good effort.
“We had a good chat during the week, we said we’ve got the chance to make history, it doesn’t come around too often, so we’ve got to take those opportunities when they’re there and that’s what the boys did in all three grades.
“As club president, I couldn’t be prouder of the lads.”
This is the first time the Boomerangs have won premierships in three grades in one year and Johnson said the feat is testament to the strength of the club as a whole.
“This is huge; we’ve been building as a club from the start of the year to this,” he said.
“We knew we had a good couple of blokes and a good depth to the club.
“It takes a strong club to be able to win the three grades. You’ve got to have depth through the grades and even some under 18s have been playing A grade through the year from time to time.
“It’s just a significant day for the club and I think we can keep rolling on next year with a really good crop of young blokes coming through.
“It’s just a huge day for the club and the community as well.”