Yabbies finish on top after Cobar crossover
Monday, 15th July, 2019
Menindee Yabbies have finished as the Musicians Club Outback Rugby League Official Matches ladder leader after some exciting contests at Saturday’s Far West Cobar Crossover at Tom Knight Memorial Oval, Cobar.
Yabbies and fellow ORL outfit Wilcannia Wimpaatja competed in a round-robin against Barwon Darling Cup Rugby League minor premiers Bourke Warriors.
Bourke plays its final round match against Newtown at Walgett next Saturday (July 20) before hosting the 2019 grand final on Saturday, August 3.
The Yabbies, who stayed overnight in Cobar, were well-prepared for their clash against the Warriors.
A high-quality match ensued with Bourke scoring seven-tries-to-five in an entertaining 34-26 success.
Bourke captain-coach Bruce Morris scored a double from dummy-half while Dalton McInerney, Jeremy Edwards and the Elwoods (Jordan, Keenan and Connor) were also amongst the try-scorers. Edwards also kicked three goals.
Leo Johnson was at his slippery best for the Yabbies with two tries. It was hard-working forwards Kade Fennell, Siaki Ofa and Garthie Lakai that crashed over for Menindee’s other tries. The 2019 ORL leading point-scorer Curtis Smith booted three conversions.
Wilcannia Wimpaatja made a huge effort to get to Cobar with recruits spanning from Collarenebri to Broken Hill (900km apart) making Cobar an ideal venue.
Wimpaatja put together its best individual performance of the year to go down 40-20 to the classy Bourke side. Clinton Hall grabbed a double while Brennet Walford and Percy Bates also scored while Lachlan Adams kicked two goals.
Bourke speedster Ewan Elwood bagged a hat-trick with five other try-scorers in the Warriors’ 20-point success.
In the final match of the day, Menindee scored a hard-fought 30-22 win against a Wilcannia Wimpaatja side boosted by some weary but talented Bourke Warriors and even a couple of match officials re-living their playing days.
This match started friendly enough but become more willing as time progressed with a close finish and some high-intensity attack and defence. A sign of the team-work and skill-level across the clash was 10 individual try-scorers as Menindee held on for an eight-point victory.
A barbecue and presentation was held to conclude the day with Peter ‘PJ’ Wood and Jeremy Edwards (Bourke), Aleki Falepaini and Sinele King (Menindee) and Clinton Hall and Lachlan Adams (Wilcannia) being named as the players of the day for each side.
Cobar Roosters Junior and Senior RLFC did a great job hosting the day and their efforts were much appreciated. The Far West Cobar Crossover concluded the Official Matches season for ORL clubs.
GAME ONE: BOURKE WARRIORS 34
(Bruce Morris 2, Dalton McInerney, Jordan Elwood, Keenan Elwood, Connor Elwood, Chris Deighton tries; Jeremy Edwards 3 goals) defeated MENINDEE YABBIES 26 (Leo Johnson 2, Kade Fennell, Siaki Ofa, Garthie Lakai tries; Curtis Smith 3 goals).
GAME TWO: BOURKE WARRIORS 40
(Ewan Elwood 3, Jake Elwood, Peter Wood, Rodney Jones, Hogan Shillingsworth tries; Wood 2, Kyle Morris, Shillingsworth goals) defeated WILCANNIA WIMPAATJA 20 (Clinton Hall 2, Brennet Walford, Percy Bates tries; Lachlan Adams 2 goals)
GAME THREE: MENINDEE YABBIES 30
(Samuel Hooker, Curtis Smith, Chris Quayle, Ulu Kafoika, Garthie Lakai, Leo Johnson tries; Smith 2, Lakai goals) defeated WILCANNIA WIMPAATJA 22 (Keenan Elwood, Lachlan Adams, Connor Elwood, Clinton Hall tries; Adams 3 goals).
FAR WEST COBAR CROSSOVER PLAYERS OF THE DAY:
BOURKE WARRIORS: Peter ‘PJ’ Wood, Jeremy Edwards
MENINDEE YABBIES: Sinele King, Aleki Falepaini
WILCANNIA WIMPAATJA: Clinton Hall, Lachlan Adams.
FAR WEST COBAR CROSSOVER TOP-TRYSCORERS:
Leo Johnson (Menindee Yabbies) - 3
Clinton Hall (Wilcannia Wimpaatja) - 3
Ewan Elwood (Bourke Warriors) - 3
MUSICIANS CLUB ORL OFFICIAL MATCHES POINTS TABLE (FINAL):
Menindee Yabbies 13 (4-1, +112)
Wilcannia Wimpaatja 5 (0-5,-140)
Leading ORL point-scorer:
Curtis Smith (Menindee Yabbies) - 46 (three tries, 17 goals)
Leading ORL try-scorer:
Leo Johnson (Menindee Yabbies) - six (6)