Group 19 rugby league: Mixed bag for Moree Boars in final games of regular season

FINALS BOUND: Despite suffering a heavy loss on Saturday, Stan Swan and the Moree Boars will play finals and will face Narwan Eels again in the minor semi final in two weeks.
FINALS BOUND: Despite suffering a heavy loss on Saturday, Stan Swan and the Moree Boars will play finals and will face Narwan Eels again in the minor semi final in two weeks.

The Moree Boars' regular season has come to an end, with all three sides to play finals in 2019.

A-grade suffered a heavy defeat, going down 46-18 at the hands of the Narwan Eels, in what was a curtain raiser for the minor semi final to be played in two weeks time.

With the Eels locking in third and the Boars in fourth, the Eels will once again host the Boars in an elimination final in a fortnight.

For Saturday's defeat, the Boars took an under strength outfit and were no match for the Eels.

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"We were using eight of our juniors," Boars captain-coach Stan Swan said.

"Narwan is always hard to beat at their home ground."

Swan said all the juniors really stepped up and produced some strong performances for the side, with young forward David Annis-Brown particularly standing out.

With just under two weeks to go until the two sides face off again, defence and their ball work will be two of the main focuses as the Boars prepare for the do-or-die clash.

Regardless of what happens in that game, Swan is still proud of his team's efforts throughout what has been a tough year at times in his first season as captain-coach.

"Most of the boys that are playing, they signed up to play ressies (reserve grade) but they put their hand up to play A-grade," Swan said.

"I'm happy with all the boys' performances this year."

After locking up the minor premiership last weekend, the Boars under-18s managed to scrounge a team of 10 together to take on the Tingha Tigers, but suffered a heavy 46-10 defeat.

They will once again take on the Tigers in the first round of finals, with the winner to advance straight to the grand final.

The ladies league tag locked up the minor premiership with a dominant win over the Eels.

They made it an incredible 10 wins in a row in the 36-4 victory and will now prepare for a major semi final against the Armidale Rams and the chance at a grand final berth.