THE Club Narooma Whales played their last game of 2012 when they were knocked out of the South Coast Rugby Union competition by Milton by the score of 35-13 last Saturday at Hanging Rock, Batemans Bay.
As has been the pattern this season there was only one reserve and this had an impact on the game when in the second half two players had to leave the field injured. With only 14 on the paddock and couple of those being walking wounded the Milton Platypus were able to score a couple of late tries to seal what had been a close game until the last ten or fifteen minutes.
At half time the score was 6-7 in favour of Milton courtesy of a couple of penalty goals by Nathan Carpenter to a converted try.
The game was nip and tuck but injuries forced off Ethan Parsons and the Narooma loose head prop, which allowed Milton to use their superior numbers to get a well-deserved win.
Stephen Brown scored a well taken try, following up a well-judged kick by Nathan¸ who converted. However, this was not enough to stop Milton advancing to the final of the plate on Saturday.
The boys can take heart from the fact that only one of the four semi-finalists did not forfeit a game. Despite their difficulties the Whales played every game which is a testament to the spirit of the players this season. Well done and plans are afoot for a better season in 2013.
To all of our supporters who have stuck by us through thick and thin thanks and of course a special thanks to our sponsors without whom we would not have been able to put a team on the park every week.
Cadgee Concrete Best and Fairest Award
3 - Andrew French
2 - Troy Cook
1 - Nathan Carpenter
Truss Plus Players’ Player – Hahn Gunthorpe
The Whales sponsors in 2012 were: The Major Sponsors are the Club Narooma. Foundation Sponsors are the Narooma Plaza Pharmacy, the Lighthouse Surgery, Ian Thompson Accountants and the Whale Motor Inn. The Narooma Meat Centre is the main jersey sponsor along with Truss Plus and Cadgee Quarry and Concrete.
First Grade Final - Bombala "Bluetongues" 36 defeated Batemans Bay "Boars" 28. The Bombala forwards were relentless all day in a strong display to set an impressive win away from home and now move into next week’s Grand Final.
Next week – Saturday, September 8
Grand Finals at Captain Oldrey Park, Broulee
1pm - Plate "Grand Final - Batemans Bay v Milton
3pm - 1st Grade "Grand Final - Broulee v Bombala