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Yabbies too strong

Tuesday, 14th May, 2019

Menindee Yabbies young gun Sinele King tries to get around the defence in Sunday’s sevens tournament. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Menindee Yabbies young gun Sinele King tries to get around the defence in Sunday’s sevens tournament. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

Menindee Yabbies showed the benefit of their hard work in the pre-season as both of its sides powered to dominant wins in the Musicians’ Club Outback Rugby League (ORL) Senior Men’s 7-a-side tournament at Lamb Oval on Sunday.

The tournament gave senior players starved of football the chance to participate and Yabbies, Menindee Wedge-Tailed Eagles and Wilcannia Wimpaatja all welcomed the chance to compete.

Yabbies (A) took on Menindee Wedge-Tailed Eagles first and posted a comfortable 56-6 win with Leo Johnson bagging four tries and the recent birthday boy, Sinele King, a hat-trick to top off his 18th celebrations.

Eagles tried hard with the hard-working David Johnson crossing the goal-line.

Next up it was Yabbies (B) on show with a dominant team effort handing the green-and-yellows a 52-4 success against Wilcannia Wimpaatja.

Wilcannia Wimpaatja was boosted by some Eagles’ talent with Saints’ 2017 premiership star, Lionel McKellar, scoring for the Wilcannia side. In return, Wimpaatja also gave Eagles a hand to keep the day flowing.

There was improvement from Eagles in the next game as Yabbies (A) won 34-4, before Yabbies (B) won the final game of the day 26-nil against Wimpaatja.

Yabbies’ tries were shared in the final three games but Johnson and King still got across the goal-line a total of seven times each across the day.

The sevens format suits fast players and Johnson and King were able to use their agility to test tired defensive lines.

For Wimpaatja and Eagles, it was encouraging to see players of the calibre of Shaun Kemp, Malcolm Johnson and Trevor Harris line-up during the day.

Day two of the Musicians’ Club ORL 7-a-side tournament is on next Saturday (May 18) at Burke Oval, Wilcannia, starting at 11.00am (EST).

ORL Chairman Des Rumble was delighted to see senior rugby league commence for season 2019.

Yabbies were able to use their registered players for both sides to meet their commitments while Wimpaatja and Eagles also worked together to make a constructive day where 30 players participated.

“It was great to see people at the football and playing football again,” Rumble said. 

“The players that participated certainly enjoyed themselves.”

Next Saturday’s round in Wilcannia will wrap up the 7-a-side tournament where flexibility and player participation will again be key.

For the ORL, taking day two to Wilcannia is about looking to generate additional registration numbers within the community, and building 2019 player registration numbers and weekly commitment to the point whereby a Musicians’ Club ORL Senior Men’s Premiership is possible remains the key goal. 

Retaining community interest in rugby league in Broken Hill, Menindee and Wilcannia is also a priority.

The 2019 season started last Sunday (May 5) with a Murdi Paaki Regional Rugby League Council ORL junior gala day attracting 25 participants from Broken Hill and Menindee and Rumble said the ORL remained committed to offering participation for players of all ages and sexes. 

Anyone interested in playing rugby league may contact Dallas Reeves from the Country Rugby League on 0418 811 483 or dreeves@crlnsw.com.au

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