Moree Boars win all three grades against Narwan Eels in a day honouring the late Alf Scott

The Moree Boars enjoyed a successful home day against the Narwan Eels in a day that was about more than football.

The Boars honoured local legend Alf Scott, who devoted over 70 years of his life to rugby league and to the Boars before he tragically passed away on May 2.

The club paid tribute to Alf in the best way possible, winning all three grades.

Prior to the A-grade game, they played the last post and held a minute silence to remember Alf, as well as speeches from Cr John Tramby and Moree RSL sub-branch president Reg Jamieson, with 2VM announcer Michael Andersen doing a great job as MC.

The A-grade game itself was a see-sawing affair, with the Boars jumping out to an early lead, before the Eels clawed their way back into the game.

The Boars eventually proved too strong, coming away with a 38-24 win.

Boars captain-coach Stan Swan was pleased with his side's overall performance and said they're growing more in confidence.

"I think we're starting to gel together now," Swan said.

We're starting to get everyone working in the right positions.We're all starting to play for each other."

Swan said Rodrick Smith and Anthony Hancock led the way in the front row, while five-eighth Alex Parker got the three points on the day.

Swan also credited the under-18s who backed up for A-grade in Adrian Smith (who played two full games in the halves), Corey Ricketts and Jacob Robinson.

The Boars now face a trip to Armidale to take on the winless Rams and Swan is hoping to see an improved defensive effort.

"Just our defence on our own line, stopping the other teams scoring easy points, just from dummy half. We've got to keep working on that" Swan said.


In the under-18s, the Boars went head-to-head against the Tingha Tigers, scoring three unanswered second half tries to overcome an 18-12 half time deficit for a 30-18 victory.

Boars coach Todd Mitchell said his side started slow, getting distracted by a few "rough calls" from the referee, but once they put that aside they were able to get on top.

"We were a little bit distracted but you've just got to take it out of the equation and just play footy," Mitchell said.

"The referee was there to referee the game and we were there to play and once we did that in the second half we didn't look back."

Mitchell said Ricketts, Brandon Barker and Latrell Newman were three of the standouts, but made particular mention of young half Adrian Smith.

"Adrian Smith is playing halfback and he's going as good as any kid at 18 I've seen in the last 10 years," Mitchell said.

"He's going really, really well and he's getting better and better every week. He's getting more confident, talking more and taking control of the game."

In the ladies league tag, the Boars got their second win in a row in a dominant 24-6 victory over the Eels.

They will now face a very tough test in the Boars trip to Armidale where they take on the undefeated Rams.