Major upset asleaders defeated
Monday, 20th June, 2011
By Jeremy Ng
A major upset was seen at Bourke Oval in Wilcannia as the league leaders the Menindee Yabbies were defeated by the Wilcannia Boomerangs 26-14.
The game was marred by many injuries for both teams as a few players were carrying niggling injuries suffered from the tough grinding River vs City match last weekend.
This week the River players went back to their respective teams and gave the Wilcannia locals an amazing game.
The Boomerangs came out firing with a couple of early tries in the first ten minutes to put the usually slick and disciplined Yabbies on the back foot.
Brendan Adams of the Boomerangs was the main contributor to his team's success as he led the way in attack and defence.
The defence was very tight throughout the whole match for the Boomerangs, who did not allow the Yabbies back line in Michael Kelly, Clint Ferguson, Cody Gilby, Graham Campbell and Ernie Roe to weave their usual magic.
The Yabbies throughout the season have played some very entertaining lateral football which really dictates why they are on the top of the ladder.
The game was rough and tough as the Yabbies held firm in the middle of the paddock with the solid defense of Colin Clark, Ike Williams, Shane Hindmarsh and Ricky Waters.
Reggie Shephard showed some individual brilliance on the last tackle to perform a chip and chase and scoring under the post twice in the match.
With the Boomerangs leading by six at half time, the lapse in concentration and poor discipline from the Boomerangs nearly cost them the game as three players in Thomas Whyman, Aaron Jones and Michael Kennedy were sin binned as frustration crept up into their game.
During the sin bins the Boomerangs pulled off possibly the try of the year when front row forward Scott McLennan, playing on the right flank, drew a couple of players in, dummied and offloaded to a flying Kyle Whyman.
Whyman's effort was met with a tackle, and he flung the ball back to Wilcannia's Lawrence King who scored under the post after a 75-metre team effort.
The Yabbies performed a late fightback during the sin binning but luck wasn't on their side on the day as time ran out.
Although the Boomerangs grabbed the bragging rights on this occasion, the next time these two teams face off will be another epic match.
Earlier in the day, 'River Rampage' was a success as kids from both towns enjoyed a Gala Day of rugby league, with Menindee taking out the Year K-4 match and the Year 5-6 matches and Wilcannia in taking out Year 7-8s and the Under 17s.
The young players in these towns showed the future potential of the game, and great sportsmanship was shown throughout the whole day.