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Huge win for juniors

Saturday, 1st August, 2020

Yabbies’ Jack Ofa storms through to score a try. PICTURE: Myles Burt Yabbies’ Jack Ofa storms through to score a try. PICTURE: Myles Burt

Victories were split between all three communities when rugby league returned to the Far West with round one of the 2020 Musicians Club Outback Rugby League last Sunday (26 July) at Lamb Oval, Broken Hill. 

The biggest win was perhaps the juniors were almost 100 children turned out to play across the under 8s, 10s, 12s and 14s categories. 

Play then moved onto the senior matches. The ever-talented Wilcannia Boomerangs scored a 64-4 win against Parntu in the Wilcannia derby after a gusty eight-man Warriors side conceded at half-time down 34-4. 

The Boomers shared their tries across the board with new recruits Lionel McKellar and Codie Gilby among the try-scorers. 

Mark Whyman and Gilby were among Wilcannia Boomerangs’ best while Colin Whyman scored the Warriors’ only four-pointer and impressed. Then it was onto the battles between new ORL club Silver City Scorpions and established outfit Menindee in both women’s tag and men’s tackle. An impressive Scorpions’ league tag side ran out 48-4 winners against Menindee’s Twisted Sisters. 

Paris Barrett score five tries and the Scorpions had plenty of speed across the field with Sophie Palmer and Phoebe Knell also crossing for doubles. 

Kerrie-Lee Briar posted the Twisted Sisters’ only four-pointer and tried hard throughout. 

In the men’s tackle Yabbies turned the tables with a 44-16 win against a plucky Silver City outfit. 

Silver City were strong early with fullback David Johnson leading the way with three tries but the size and class of Yabbies eventually overpowered the hosts. 

Aleki Falepaini and Sinele King were in everything for Yabbies while Leo Johnson and Sitaki Ofa bagged doubles alongside King. 

Round 2 is in Wilcannia on Saturday (1 August) with juniors set to start at 10am followed by seniors from noon. 





GAME ONE: WILCANNIA BOOMERANGS 64 (Lionel McKellar, William Jones, Kevin Neman, Codie Gilby, Trevor Harris, Phillip Hunter tries; Lisiate Talalima 3, Newman, Gilby goals) defeated PARNTU WARRIORS 4 (Colin Whyman try). Parntu conceded at half-time meaning an automatic 60-point win to Boomerangs. 

GAME TWO: MENINDEE YABBIES 44 (Leo Johnson 2, Sinele King 2, Sitaki Ofa 2, Aleki Falepaini, Garthie Lakai tries; King 2, Ofa 2, Johnson, Falepaini goals) defeated SILVER CITY SCORPIONS 16 (David Johnson 3 tries; Johnson 2 goals) 



SILVER CITY SCORPIONS 48 (Paris Barrett 5, Sophie Palmer 2, Phoebe Knell 2, BJ Johnstone tries; Johnstone 4 goals) defeated MENINDEE TWISTED SISTERS 4 (Kerri-Lee Briar try) 




10am - Under 8s 

10.30am - Under 10s and Under 12s round-robins 

11.15am - Under 14s 

Noon: Men’s Tackle: Parntu Warriors v Silver City Scorpions 

1.40pm: Women’s Tag - Wilcannia v Menindee Twisted Sisters 

3pm: Men’s Tackle: Wilcannia Boomerangs v Menindee Yabbies 


* Matches are played at local time in the respective community. 

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