River claims League Cup
Monday, 24th May, 2010
Close to 600 spectators and NSW Minister for Community Services Linda Burney braved the cold for the launch of the Tackling Domestic Violence Cup on Saturday night at the Jubilee Oval.
Outback Rugby League's (CRL) River took on City for the second annual representative sides match which saw the Wilcannia-Menindee combination claim the match - 46 to 24.
The new competition recognises the League's involvement in Tackling Violence, the NSW Government's anti-domestic violence program, which provides sponsorship to participating regional Rugby League clubs to run local campaigns aimed at reducing domestic violence.
"It is going to be hard for some people, because we all have to confront what domestic violence is, but at the end of the day, this is about children," Ms Burney told league fans on Saturday night.
"This is about making homes safe, loving places for children to go to sleep and wake up not worrying what they're going to find when they get out of bed," Ms Burney said.
Ms Burney was joined by local MP John Williams, CRL's Operations Manager Ken Kennedy, Councillor Tom Kennedy and former NRL player Ricky Walford.
City Council's general manager, Mr Frank Zaknich also acknowledged the importance of the program.
"It's vitally important, and rugby league has a great following in Broken Hill so this will definitely raise some awareness," he said.
A stall was also set up at the oval, with pamphlets and brochures on helping Aboriginal families raise their families.
The River side had a strong following and came out strongly in the first half.
River's Thomas Whyman and Brendan Jones scored the first tries for the match, both with excellent ball work.
Chris Nicholls scored for City, giving his side its first try for the match, a third of the way through the game.
Leonard Whyman made a great tackle, while Ike Williams scored River's third try for the evening.
City's star import, Robbie O'Davis, of Newcastle Knights fame, had the ball all to himself in an open half, but put his foot out of bounds, causing a commotion on and off field.
O'Davis' NRL opponent, former Cronulla and Rabbitohs player David Peachey, cleaned up towards the final half as River turned defense into attack.
Reggie Shepherd scored the fourth try for River with six minutes left on the clock.
At the beginning of the second half River led by 20 points, but City fought back in the first five minutes, scoring a much needed try.
Commentator Steve Baker said City had too much frustration and needed discipline.
Shawn Kemp scored the final try for City, for a 34 to 24 scoreline.
Fan favourite Reggie Shepherd turned up the heat as he scored the game's last try for River. River 46 beat City 24.
Outback Rugby League President Dave Gallagher commended spectators on their behaviour.
"It shows that an event without alcohol can become a great family night out, and I'm very happy with the crowd's behaviour."
The Man of the Match award was presented by Mr Ken Kennedy and Ms Burney to River's Kevin Newman.