Everyone’s a winner, especially Far West
Saturday, 28th September, 2019
By Myles Burt
Rugby League flourished as eight teams from the Far West, Dubbo, Mildura and Melbourne came together for the 2019 Menindee Yabbies Knockout.
The Burke and Wills Oval was lined with cars last weekend with around 2,000 spectators travelling out to watch a variety of rugby league talent from across the regions.
The teams on the line up were Brothers United, Williams Connections, Far West Warriors, Mildura Warriors, Chaffey Titans, Native Warriors, Damo and Li-Li Memorial and Silver City Comets.
Far West Warriors and Williams Connection faced off in the Grand Final for a second time, after previously playing for the cup in the 2018 Menindee Yabbies Knockout.
A thrilling finale to end the day, Far West Warriors managed to win back the cup against Williams Connections with the score at a nail-biting 14 to 12.
Mildura Warriors thrashed the Silver City Comets in the Repechage 42 to 12.
The Menindee Yabbies Knockout began in 2016, founded by Jordi Fusi, Daniel Fusi, Michelle Kelly and Leasa Kelly.
The Knockout is aimed at providing a chance for people in the Far West to compete in a knockout styled competition without having to travel thousands of kilometres.
Players and spectators all participated in the Git Up dance challenge early in the day.
Teams put up their fastest players for the Marie and Bob Halls Dash for Cash, with Sinele Thorpe coming first in a close finish.
This year, the Menindee Yabbies Knockout was dedicated to Tre Williams who sadly took his own life. Tre was a keen Menindee Yabbies player and a friend to many in Menindee.
A minute’s silence was held in honour of Tre prior to the Williams Connection game.
Players from Williams Connections released balloons in the colours of the Menindee Yabbies and the colour that represents suicide awareness.
Organisers hope that by having a day each year to remember Tre, that they are also raising suicide awareness in regional communities and that there are people and organisations available to help.
It was also a year of remembrance for the team Damo and Li-Li Memorial, who entered and played in honour of two young relatives who passed away a number of years ago.
An event with a huge family focus, the Menindee Yabbies Knockout is hoping to grow each year and now looking to take on feedback to include a junior and women’s game in future.
Organisers would like to thank all their volunteers, the organising committee, Central Darling Shire and major sponsor ABSEC and Kutanya.
Game 1: Damo and Li-Li Memorial won by forfeit Mildura Warriors
Game 2: Far West Warriors 18 defeated Brothers United 12
Game 3: Williams Connections won by forfeit Chaffey Titans
Game 4: Native Warriors 28 defeated Silver City Comets 6
Game 5: Native Warriors 22 defeated Brothers United 12
Game 6: Silver City Comets won by forfeit Chaffey Titans
Game 7: Far West Warriors 18 defeated Damo and Li-Li Memorial 14
Game 8: Williams Connections 20 defeated Native Warriors 14
Final Repechage: Mildura Warriors 34 defeated Silver City Comets 12
Grand Final: Far West Warriors 14 defeated Williams Connections 12