A late field goal by Binalong has sent a major ripple through the George Tooke Shield competition ladder as the Brahman's sent the Boorowa Rovers crashing to their second straight defeat by 11-10. Although the Rovers remain in the top five, they are now in a precarious race for the semi's with Binalong and Crookwell rapidly closing the gap. It was a tough day for the Rovers, with the injury list continuing to become a major issue ahead of the final's series.
Binalong and Boorowa always play spicy encounters regardless of their positions on the ladder and this match was no exception. It wasn't the prettiest game to watch with both sides making crucial errors, one of which prove fatal when it led to Dylan Arabin landing the one pointer for Binalong in the dying minutes.
Boorowa landed the first blow of the bout when Fullback Austin Power again showed how lethal he can be in attack scoring the opening try for a 4-0 lead. Binalong hit back before halftime to lead 6-4 at the break.
After halftime, Power scored his second try for the day to put the home side ahead by 10-6. Binalong replied with their second try and at 10-10 both sides were starting to run on fumes. Errors became an issue as both teams launch attacking raids. With time becoming an enemy, Binalong secured the one pointer when Dylan Arabin snapped a match winning field goal. Boorowa desperately regained the ball from the kick-off and looked to have almost scored a match winning try but it was to no avail as the full-time siren echoed across the ground.
Unfortunately for the Rovers, they continued to suffer some serious injuries one of which was to young gun Jacob Carmody who required medical assistance after a nasty neck injury. Whilst the injury was serious, we are happy to report Jacob is recovering ok. Also, in the casualty ward is joint captain/coach Alex Stewart who suffered a bad gash to his lip requiring many stitches. Alex is still recovering from an arm injury and whilst he has the heart of a lion, the modelling career may be in hold for a while.
- BINALONG 11 (D Arabin, B Boyton tries D Arabin 1 goal and 1 field goal) defeated BOOROWA 10 (Austin Power 2 tries, Josh Carmody goal)
In other George Tooke Shield games, the UC Grizzlies produced the upset of the season when the beat the Harden Hawks by 25-22. The Grizzlies nearly blew it, after leading by 20-0 at halftime. Bungendore also produced a minor shock to defeat North Canberra by 28-14 whilst the battle of the cellar dwellers saw Boomanulla 26 beat Gunning 16. Crookwell picked up an easy two points for the bye.
With two rounds remaining, there is plenty for all of the top six teams to play for in what promises to be an exciting array of fixtures.
- North Canberra 28
- Bungendore 26
- Harden 24
- Boorowa 22
- Binalong 20
- Crookwell 18
- Boomanulla 10
- UC Grizzlies 8
- Gunning 4
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
Home teams listed first.
- Boorowa vs North Canberra
- Harden vs Crookwell
- Bungendore vs Boomanulla
- Binalong vs UC Grizzlies
- Bye: Gunning
The Roverettes produced one of their best games of the season in defeating Binalong by 26-4 to keep their semi finals chances flickering.
The girls were sensational in producing a sublime first half to lead 20-0. They may have taken the foot of the pedal in the second Stanza, but to their credit Binalong tried hard all day.
The girls will have to win their remaining two games at the very least to play finals football but their never say die attitude has been impressive all season.
- BOOROWA 26 (Mackella Pye 3 Jessica Hoare 1, Amanda Noakes 1 try, Georgia Murray 2 goals) defeated BINALONG 4 (Marnie Pack try).
The three points for the day went to both Amanda Noakes and Mackella Pye, two points went to Jess Hoare and one point to both Marlie McIntosh and Larissa Corcoran. The players' player went to Mackella Pye.
- North Canberra 8 def. Bungendore 0
- Harden 64 def. UC Grizzlies 0
- Bye: Crookwell
LEAGUE TAG LADDER
North Canberra 25
UC Grizzlies 17
In the Under 16's, Harden/Boorowa and Tuggeranong played out a thrilling 16-16 draw that keeps the side in fifth position on the ladder. Their final encounter for the home and away series is against Crookwell at McLean oval in Harden this Saturday commencing at 1pm. This is a game the side should win to wrap up a semi final birth.
THIS WEEK'S MATCH: vs NORTH CANBERRA BEARS
This weekend's game at the Boorowa Showground sees the Rovers and Roverettes celebrate ladies day. With the new Clubhouse up and running it's a great opportunity to enjoy this special day for all the ladies in the comfort of the new building.
The proceeds from this day will go to assist in the refurbishment of Burrowa house which is soon to expand to twenty beds. It's a very worthy cause as one day, you or a loved one may well use this facility.
Not to mention it will be a cracking day of league action with plenty on the line for both the local teams. The action commences at 12.45 with all ladies invited to join us in the hospitality area of the Clubhouse. See you there.