The Group 16 Narooma Devils rugby league first grade team went within a whisker of victory over last year’s Grand Finalists the Bombala Blue Heelers at Bombala on Sunday.
The Devils were pleased to be travelling to Bombala before the wintry weather hit, but were met with a howling cold westerly which made the game very difficult.
Bombala opened the scoring with a converted try but the Devils hit back with their own to tie it up at 6-6.
The Blue Heelers’ Monaro-rep lock Luke Ingram then scored to take the lead, but a neat try to Durramah Parsons after great work by Ryan Norris and Matt Parsons locked the half time score at 10-10.
Bombala’s Aborosio Navori blew the game apart right after the break with a long range converted try to take them ahead 16-10, and that’s the way the score stayed until three minutes from full time when Gus Wilton gathered up a kick to score. The blustery conditions made the conversion very difficult and Norris’s kick was blow off course.
A good effort but still the Devils need to improve their on field discipline and error rate.
Best players for the Devils were Matty Parsons, Koorin Campbell, Ryan Norris, Chopper Willis, and Booga Ayers, with Matty chosen as the Players Player.
The Devils Ressies opened their account for the year with a hard-fought 26-22 win over Bombala.
There were several changes from last week’s squad, but the team put in a lot of hard work and a stack of hard-hitting defence to take the victory.
Rhys Pearcey, Steve Rotumah (two) and Wade Mongta (two) were the try scorers, with the evergreen Charlie Nye kicking three goals.
Coach Damien Rotumah was pleased with the effort, but knows there is a lot more hard work needed.
Best for the Devils were Rhys Pearcey, Chris Fernando, and Charlie Nye. Wade Mongta won the Players-Player award and Dane Terare the Coaches Award.
Ladies League Tag
The girls came up against last year’s champions, who proved a bit too experienced for our girls.
The girls fought hard, but our defence couldn’t match the flying Bombala girls who ran away with the match 38-0.
Coach Kate Rotumah named Sarah Alderton, Jayden Lonsdale-Patten, and Hayley Talanoa as our best, with Sarah gaining the Players-Player and Kira Campbell the Coaches Award.
Next week the Devils play their first home game against the Bega Roosters on Saturday, so make sure you come and cheer them on.
The League Tag girls are at 1pm, the under 18s at 2pm, the reserves at 3.30 and the first grade at 5pm.
It will also be a special sponsors day with all sponsors invited to come along and enjoy the day.