Narooma Devils Group 16 Rugby League spectators saw a great game of football when the local boys proved their toughness against the physical Eden Tigers team, winning 32-20 at Smyth Oval, Narooma last Sunday.
Once again the Devils First Grade showed their usual incredible tenacity with a wholehearted display against a bigger Eden team, overcoming a 4-11 penalty count to outplay their opponents.
An early try to Eden was answered by tries to hooker Ninnum Parsons, centre Tim Crome and a cracker to flying winger Anthony Thomas! Eden scored just before the break to have the half time score at 16-8 to the Devils.
Eden got back to 16-14 with a good try before halftime but after the break two great tries by Stephen Brown and another to Crome had the Devils ahead 32-14 with 10 to go.
Eden scored another try to make the final score 32 -20 to the Devils. Half Ryan Norris kicked four important conversions to keep the Devils clear with big winger Brown unlucky not to collect on his “Jaimie” bonus if he scored three tries.
In a great team win fullback Koorin Parsons, lock Kane Ayers, hooker Ninnum Parsons and the always improving Scott Curry were outstanding but it was a great overall team effort. The Devils just need a little more discipline to avoid negative penalty counts like Sunday’s.
The Narooma She-Devils League Tag girls played on both Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday game against Candelo-Bemboka was at picturesque Candelo which is always amazing to play at! They were a little short on numbers but put up a good effort despite going down 8-20.
On Sunday they had a big roll-up with several new players but despite a really good second half couldn't hold the Eden girls.
Three runaway tries to the Tigers were the difference with the Tigers winning 20-6. Coach Damien’s picks on the day were Jaydean Lonsdale, Kira Campbell, newcomer Taliya Smith, Janaija Parsons and Georgie Brown. It was really good to see Lilly Bennett make a comeback after her hamstring troubles, scoring a very nice try.
The Devils Under 18s showed glimpses of their potential with a 30-0 win. It may have seemed to be an easy win on the scoreboard but full credit goes to the the combined Eden/Candelo-Bemboka team who really made it a hard physical game and every point was well earned.
Tries were scored by Will Middlemiss (a ripper!), Matt Parsons, Joey Scrymgeour, Nicholas Hoskins, Clyde Parsons and Raine Lloyd-Bolt with Durramah Parsons (2) and Joey kicking goals. Best for the Devils were Jackson Kelly, Jordan Martin and Nic Hoskins, with Marcus Lonsdale earning the Coaches award and Nic and Jackson sharing the Players’ Player award.
There’s lots of improvement in this team yet and they need to keep trying hard and listening to coaches Mark and Kerry to get their best results.
Next Sunday, the Devils travel down the coast to take on the strong Bega Roosters. With the semis approaching it’s an extremely important game to both the First Grade and Under 18 teams so it should be a great day of football.
Under 18s play Bega at 10.30am, the League Tag is at 12noon and the Firsts are at 2.30pm.