Walcha vs Quirindi – Round 4 – report by Henry King
Walcha faced off against a Quirindi club in a rebuilding phase, bringing a reserve grade team to Walcha for the first time in a number of years, bolstered by the inclusions of Harry ‘the snake’ Locke, Thomas Hoy fresh from the UK, Troy Tape and Digby Phillip to add a bit of brawn. Walcha still had a very strong bench despite giving up 4 players and it showed on the field. Walcha were relentless from start to finish, with Richard Hunt able to take time out of his media commitments and terrorise Quirindi in both defence and attack. Wally Davidson returned to the forward pack and was everywhere, bagging 3 tries and young guns Billy Porter and Tom Wake made line breaks at will, terrorising Quirindi’s familiar looking fullback. The icing was on the cake when right in front of the grandstand, George Berry approached Harry Locke in the last line of defence and sold him a colossal dummie and put the 70’s version of Charlie Uren over for his second try of the day. There were a number of brilliant tries out of the 12 scored and there were 9 different try scorers for the reggies. It was great to see the boys put some great rugby together and we look forward to seeing some more great wins on the board as the season rolls on. Best for Walcha were Billy Porter with 3 points and players player, 2 points to Wally Davidson and 1 each to George Berry and Charlie Uren.
A Grade start was less than ideal as Sandy Cameron stole the first lineout of the game but went down on his ankle and had to be stretchered off after less than a minute – someone needs to have a word to the bowling club chef’s and order some ankle stiffeners in the crumbed cutlets. It didn’t slow down Walcha though as they ran in tries to Sione Kamoto, Thor Crombie and Dom Bower within the first 10 minutes to lead 17-0. Walcha didn’t have it all their own way though and Quirindi soon hit back via a penalty goal and followed that with a try to draw within 7. It was as close as they would get though as Dom Bower sliced through the middle of Quirindi’s defence straight after Quirindi scored and put a delightful grubber through for Jacob Sherrin to pick up and score untouched. Quirindi continued to mount pressure throughout the first half but Walcha were able to pick up one more try before half time to lead 31-10 at the break.
Hyde and Barry must have had some good words to say at half time as Walcha became a lot tidier in the second half and by the final quarter, were running in tries at will. None more so than Sione Kamoto who seemed to be roaming all over the paddock and every time Walcha came up with another try it seemed like the big Tongan would pop up with the ball. He finished with a club record equalling 6 tries for the afternoon in a standout display earning him players player and a chance to show off a new and intriguing tin-sculling method. Lachie Brown stepped his game up another level this week and dominated in defence shutting down a number of Quirindi attacks, especially in cover defence and along with Will Fletcher and Henry Leslie provided some great go-forward which enabled the backline to capitalise. Dom Bower was also outstanding at fullback with his kick-returns giving Quirindi no chance at any decent field position. One final mention should go to Simon Newton, who missed two of his first three kicks but then did not miss again slotting them from everywhere in a tricky breeze to keep the scoreboard attendants very busy. The final score was 87-17 with 3 points going to Lachie Brown, 2 points to Dom Bower and 1 point to Sione Kamoto.
Next week sees the Rams travel to Moree in what should be a huge game with both sides undefeated and reggies starting to hit their straps.
Please note: Ladies Day has been moved back one week to the 25th of May against Gunnedah.