THE Under 14's travelled to Tathra for their minor semi-final and it produced one of the most incredible come backs in the history of Junior Rugby League. With seven minutes to go the boys were down 34-16 to Bega. Astonishingly they poured on 18 points in those seven minutes and went into golden point, winning the game with a try.
It all started with an offload from Teig Wilton to hard running forward Ziggy Topic, who burst over the try line for the first points of the day. A late shoulder charge on Teig Wilton resulted in a penalty try. Ryan Sweeney kicked both goals to claim the eight points. Bega responded quickly with a converted try. Points were again forthcoming when Teig Wilton chipped over to his little winger, Matty Parsons who caught the ball and scored in the corner. With the try not being converted, Bega again responded and the scores were locked at 12-12. The third try for Narooma was almost identical as the second with another chip from Teig and a collect from Matt, seeing the score climb to 16-12. Bega just kept coming and at half time the scores were locked at 16 all.
Bega returned from half time with wind in their sails and scored three tries, all off penalties. With seven minutes to go the score had blown out to 34-16. The Narooma crowd never stopped cheering and the boys knew they didn't want their season to end like this. They rallied together and Ryan Sweeney managed to pop an inside ball to Teig Wilton who crossed to score. This time the try was converted by Ryan Sweeney and the score now, 34-22. The boys battled up the field, Blake Cavanagh finding a hole and running 50m to score. Again Ryan Sweeney converted. Now with a minute remaining, the score 34-28, Blake kicked across field to Durra Parsons who offloaded to Connor Griffiths, scoring in the corner. With the score at 34-32 the kick was vital but it was right on the sideline. It would be an ominous task. Luke Herman stepped up to the plate and blasted the ball; it sailed through the air, just crossing the bar to deliver a draw at full time.
The boys went into golden point and after two missed field goals; one by Bega and one from Narooma, the intensity was high. The Narooma boys were attacking on their line when Teig Wilton put a chip up over the top, Bega fumbled the ball and Teig picked it up and scored the try. The boys had won the game 38-34. The crowd went wild and the boys were punching the air and hugging each other. I'm sure there was a tear in coach Ross Griffiths eye. This was one of the gutsiest come backs and it shows that the game is never over until the siren blares! Congratulations boys, you are a credit to yourselves, your families and your coach.
This weekend Narooma hosts the major semi-finals at home, Bill Smyth oval. Come down to support our U12s team who will be battling it out to make the grand final. We would love to see you there to cheer on the young talent in our town. The following week our U10s, 11s and 14s will play at Moruya for their chance to make the 2013 grand final. Go the mighty Devils!