THE Narooma Devils first grade rugby league side has made it into the finals in two weeks after their massive win against the Eden at Bill Smyth Oval on Sunday. Narooma defeated Eden in a great game 40 to 16.
In the first minute of the first grade game the Devils scored in a surprise attack by Devils winger Tom Cooney, they got over the line to score a try that wasn’t converted leaving the score Narooma 4 Eden 0.
The game continued with good handling on the wing by Tom Cooney and Todd Ayres blitzing them up the centre.
Thirty minutes in Todd Ayres scored and Pat Willis converted, 10-0 Narooma.
Gene ‘Chopper’ Willis was handling fullback like a champ.
Tyler Hextell broke through the line and Todd Ayres scored again and Narooma was leading 16 to Eden’s 0.
Lachlan Carey and Taylor Alley were tackling well and 38 minutes in Ayres crossed the line for his third a hat trick, playing the game of his life and Narooma were 22-0.
The Devils scored again with Pat Willis converting to bring the half time score to 28-0.
After half time at the 55 minute mark Eden scored, following with another try five minutes later bringing the score to Narooma 28 Eden 12.
The Devils were starting to feel the pinch but came back fighting with Justin Keegan scoring and the score was Narooma 32 to Eden 12.
Eden scored another try 70 minutes in and the score was Narooma 32 to Eden 16.
The Devils reliable winger Tom Cooney scored his second try in the 75th minute and Narooma led 36-16.
Then Kyle Burnell busted through the defence and supported by Lachlan Carey running the ball well which helped Taylor Alley score with Tyler Hextell converting making the final score Narooma 40 to Eden 16.
The Coaches Award went to Kane Ayres and Players Player went to Tom Cooney.
In the last five minutes of the game one of the Devils champion players, Tom Cooney suffered a bad injury, breaking his shoulder in two places which is devastating for him and for the Devils losing such a good player, right when they needed him for the finals.
The big crowd that was at Bill Smyth Oval on Sunday first watched the U18s Moruya Sharks defeated well by Cooma.
In the reserve grade Moruya just beat Bega in the final minutes of the game16-14.
The ladies league tag Narooma Devilettes were just beaten by Moruya 14-10 after leading for most of the game, but succumbed to Moruya at the last minute. Jamie Anne Wright scored and kicked the first goal for Narooma 6-0 and that was the score at half time.
Stacey Hall playing injured, played on regardless.
A good intercept and run down the sideline by Tiarne McDonald to Danielle Campbell in the second half and Jamie Anne Wright scored again Narooma 10-0.
The Devilettes had it in the bag but towards the end Moruya scored three quick tries leaving the final score 14-10 to Moruya.
Best and Fairest for the Devilettes was Jamie Anne Wright and Players player was Karly White.
Many thanks to all the helpers on the day and a special thankyou to all the Narooma Marine Rescue volunteers that maned the gates.
A big apology to Scott Curry who won the Best & Fairest in Reserve grade for the year, the report was incorrect last week so congratulations to Scott, Stephen Stenhouse received Best Forward, well done.
“On Sunday night after beating Eden everyone went back to O'Brien’s Hotel the Devils major sponsor and there was a large crowd which shows what good a sports Eden were. Thankyou,” Devils president Jaime Wright said.