Sports Shorts: Walcha Jillaroos hang on to second place

Caught on camera: Footy fans Ben Cross and Lachie Fletcher with Troy LeStande (sunglasses) feature on-screen in the middle at the recent Knights v Tigers match.
Caught on camera: Footy fans Ben Cross and Lachie Fletcher with Troy LeStande (sunglasses) feature on-screen in the middle at the recent Knights v Tigers match.

THE Walcha Jillaroos remain in second position on the Group 19 Second Division Ladies League Tag ladder after their hard-fought 22-10 win over Tenterfield up north last Saturday. Undefeated Uralla lead on 12 points ahead of Walcha 10, with Ashford and Warialda next best on 6 points, followed by the rest.

THIS Saturday is the last lot of games in round one of Group 19 Second Division where both the Roos and the Jillaroos have the bye before they host Uralla here at the Park on the following Sunday. The games will kick off round two of both competitions.

A social day on the green

IN conjunction with the league bye this Saturday, the Bowling Club is conducting a Footy Followers Social Bowls Day commencing at 12.30pm. To be played under a triple format it is suggested that the members of each team follow the same NRL team.

GRAB a couple of mates, (male, female or otherwise), and form a team for a fun day out. Go the Sea Eagles!

Through the hoops

BASKETBALL tipped off last week with a few new faces playing in the competition including local GP Doctor Deng Abiem, who racked up 36 points during his first outing. Considering he is in the same team as Jonnie Cross who scored 26 points himself, the boys might take a bit of tossing this season.

Rams down to sixth

THE Walcha Rams have dropped down to sixth spot on the Central North Rugby competition ladder after their two point loss to Moree hear after Park last Saturday. Scrambling defence went a long way towards victory for the visitors but for mine, the difference between the two teams was the lightning footworks by Bulls five-eighth Jamie Sampson who carried up the Rams defence on more than one occasion during the game.

The Tigers had opened up a 30-4 lead by half-time but to the Roos credit, they stuck with it to draw the second half 12 points all.

WALCHA did have their chances though with winger “Dicko” Young unlucky not to score a couple of times in the Old Ambulance station corner where he looked certain to touch down on one occasion after retrieving a bouncing ball at pace. Another highlight was when Simon Newton piloted a sideline conversion between the sticks when he negotiated tricky wind conditions after Harry Locke touched down in the Mill Hole corner.

AFTER five rounds of the Central North competition, Pirates remain undefeated on 25 points followed by Moree 19, Gunnedah, Barraba/Gwydir and Narrabri all on 17, Walcha 16, Scone 11, Inverell 7 while Quirindi are yet to open their account. This Saturday, Walcha are on the road to Barraba where they will do battle with the combined Barraba Rams and Gwydir River Rats in both grades. Go the red and white Rams.

Roos news

Walcha were defeated 42-16 by undefeated competition leaders Tenterfield in their Group 19 Second Division match just short of the Queensland border last Saturday.

The Tigers had opened up a 30-4 lead by half-time but to the Roos credit, they stuck with it to draw the second half 12 points all.

Fullback Drew Bird had a try disallowed early in the game for no apparent reason but wasn’t to be stopped midway through the opening stanza when he dived over from close range.

Twenty minutes into the second session, Bird scored his second try after regathering a kick to touch down under the posts in a handy position for Dean Kelly to convert.

Two minutes later, the Roos capitalised on the TIgers kicking out on the full when centre Thomas Boyd scored from close to the line before Kelly finalised their scoring with a good attempt into the wind.

There were a few positional changes on Saturday including changing Andrew Kelly to halfback where he played well enough to earn himself three club best and fairest points.

Fullback Drew Bird collected two club best and fairest points and one group point, while front rowers Josh Loardanie and Jeremy Bullen picked up a club point each.

Players’ player was Alex Bruce.

Both the Jillaroos and Roos have a bye this Saturday, but don’t forget there is a Footy Fans Bowls Day on at the Walcha Bowling Club from 12.30pm where three players are required to make up each team.