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Geebungs eye Outback prize

Saturday, 6th September, 2014

Geebungs forward Chris Nicholls and sons Emmanuel (left) and Kacee (right) are ready to rumble ahead of the Outback Rugby League Grand Final. Geebungs forward Chris Nicholls and sons Emmanuel (left) and Kacee (right) are ready to rumble ahead of the Outback Rugby League Grand Final.

By Ethan James

They may be low on troops but Broken Hill Geebungs won’t be using that as an excuse this afternoon.

Forward Chris Nicholls said the club has been forced to qualify for the Outback Rugby League final the hard way, surviving two elimination matches en route to the decider.

Nicholls try in the dying stages helped Geebungs toppling Menindee Yabbies in week one.

They then found a way to hold on against a second half surge from Saints last weekend.

All this coming after the club scraped into the top four on points differential.

They have just 17 members available from their squad of 25. 

Nicholls he’s still not quite sure how his side made it to the final game of the season. 

“You’re on the field and you look across at the opposition reserves and it’s like they have a full footy team ready to come on,” he said.

“And then you look to our bench and it’s almost a ghost town.”

Nicholls, 34, is expecting an open game with both Geebungs and the Boomerangs fielding plenty of youth.

“I’m one of the older guys in the team now and there’s plenty of younger fellas with lots of speed,” he said. 

“There’s a real family feel to this game, most of the boys are pretty close with each other.

“We’ve never won a competition, so it’s our chance to create a bit of history.” 

Leading Try Scorers

35 - Dwayne Morgan
12 - Warwick Bugmy
10 - Jackson Etrich

Squad

D. Bugmy, W. Johnson, K. King, J. King, C. O’Conner, D. Morgan, B. Bugmy, W. Bugmy, B.Bugmy, C. Nicholls, K. Bugmy, B. McKenzie, J. Etrich, M. Clarke, I. Patterson, A. Whyman, C. Squires
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