Walcha v Moree – written by Henry King
On a beautiful Saturday at captain cook, one more reminiscent of Morees winter than walchas, the rams turned on a great day both on and off the field for sponsors day. Reggie’s took on the top of the ladder and gave plenty away in size but gave nothing away in heart. It looked like Moree would be able to steamroll their way to victory but the rams boys were up for the fight and defended like demons as well as putting plenty of pressure on in attack. Andrew kelly was a standout with some bullocking runs and great defence meanwhile Troy yarnold held the team together and directed them around the park. Moree led 12-5 at half time but walcha were confident and came out in the second half full of running and intent which the bulls couldn’t match. Tries to Wally Davidson, Jacob sherrin and nick Rodgers saw the rams open up a 31-19 lead and a late try to Moree closed the gap but the rams were too strong in a great game of rugby. Best for walcha were Andrew kelly with 3 points and players player, 2 points to Angus Davidson and 1 to the front row.
A grade took to the field knowing a home semi would be within touching distance woth a win. The opening half was all walcha and all bucket as Thor crombie bagged himself a hat trick within 15 minutes of kick-off. Sione was feeling a little stressed on the sideline as not only was he unable to play but his co-worker was looking a red hot chance of taking his try-scoring record. Moree did hit back briefly with a try but some huge goal line defence and backline brilliance saw dom bower and Dicko young set up Ed cordingley to see walcha lead 24-5 at the break.
Walcha continued to dominate through the forwards where time and time again Richie hunt, sandy Cameron and lachie brown created huge headaches for the bulls by running straight and hard, before the backline did the business to open them up out wide. Simon newton finished off one such movement and Ed cordingley another so that walcha led 38-12 with around 10 minutes to go. Unfortunately walcha took the foot off the gas a little at the end of the match with cordingley given marching orders to keep the boys happy in the sheds and Moree scored 3 late tries. It was still a good win and sees walcha sitting 4 points clear at the top of the ladder with 3 tough games before finals. Best for walcha were Richie hunt with players player (some say he bribed votes with a delicious and strong home brew) and 3 points, lachie brown with 2 and Thor crombie and mike Whitton sharing 1 point for a strong running game.
Thanks again to all the sponsors for getting us on the paddock each week and to Jacki fletcher, Anna young and racheal Laurie (among others) for an outstanding sponsors lunch. Next week sees walcha take on barraba at barraba before another away game at gunnedah. Look forward to building the support in the rams run to the finals in both grades.