Group 19 rugby league: Glen Innes Magpies claim three wins against Moree Boomerangs

PAYBACK TIME: Justin Smith and the Moree Boomerangs suffered a heavy loss to the Magpies that they will be looking to rectify in this weekend's major semi final.
PAYBACK TIME: Justin Smith and the Moree Boomerangs suffered a heavy loss to the Magpies that they will be looking to rectify in this weekend's major semi final.

While it didn't have any effect on the final standings, Saturday's match up in A-grade between the Moree Boomerangs and Glen Innes Magpies was undoubtedly important.

Knowing they were going to meet again the following week in the major semi final, the top two sides clashed to gain a psychological advantage heading into the grand final qualifier.

In that regard, the Magpies proved far too strong on the day, and completed a season sweep against the Boomerangs with a 40-16 win.

Winger Ace Holliss scored a hat-trick for the Magpies, while Jamie Watts added two more of his own.

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Guy Mepham, Sam Swain and Nick Say added the three remaining tries, with Mepham converting four.

For the Boomerangs, Ethan Pegus, Anthony Williams and James Porter were the try scorers in the heavy loss.

Luckily for the reigning premiers, they don't have to wait long for an attempt at revenge.

The Boomerangs will return to Glen Innes on Sunday, with the winner to earn the rights to host the grand final.

It was a similar result in the other two grades on the day, with ladies league tag and under-18s also suffering heavy losses.

League tag went down 42-6 while the under-18s lost 40-10.

The ladies will take on the Magpies again next week in Armidale while the under-18s will take on the Tingha Tigers in Glen Innes.

Reserve grade will also be in action against the Narwan Eels, with a win to set up a grand final against Armidale Rams.

The Boomerangs aren't the only Moree club that will feature in finals this weekend, with the Boars also playing across three grades.

The Boars A-grade will travel to Armidale to take on the Narwan Eels in an elimination final.

The ladies league tag will take on the Armidale Rams in the major semi final, while the under-18s will also compete in the major semi final against the Magpies.