1 September, 2020
Trifecta win for Panthers at Binnaway
All three Panthers grades won against the visiting Binnaway Bombshells at McGrane Oval on Saturday, August 29.
The Bombers First Grade side certainly gave the
Panthers a scare along the way when they took a 6-4
lead to the sheds at half-time. They then extended that
lead shortly after the break, when their hooker Dillon
Tighe raced away from the Panther defence to score a
converted try to make it 12-4 to the Bombers.
The Panthers went into the match as warm favourites. In the opening minutes Josh Nixon made a strong run down the eastern touch line to score out wide and start the scoreboard ticking. Binnaway struck back almost immediately when Damon Nixon scored a converted try and the Bombers held that lead going to the break, combined with a great defensive effort and a lack of ball security from the Panthers.
The early second half try to Tighe finally woke the Panthers. They scored five unanswered tries in a 20 minute period to George Alchin, who crossed twice, as well as Laiten Diggs, Danial Pracey and Josh Nixon. All were converted by Brandon Hammond in the box seat, leading 30-12 halfway through the second stanza. The courageous Binnaway team did not shirk their task all day and they were rewarded with another try to Ceejay Ralph.
However, Panther Curtis Carr shut them out completely when he touched down with 15 minutes remaining. Jordan Reynolds was also rewarded for his man of the match performance for the Panthers when he crossed the white line as the hooter sounded. Hammond made the final score 42-16 with his conversion and the Panthers trudged off McGrane as victors in front of their relieved supporters.
The Panther cubs got the day off to a great start, taking a 14-nil lead to the break over the highly rated Binnaway side in the Youth League fixture. Highlights were Brad Charlton crossing twice and Stephan Parry slamming the ball down for a four pointer. That lead was looking shaky early in the second half when the Bombers came roaring back into the match, scoring two converted tries to be trailing by only two points with a glut of possession.
With five minutes remaining Shane Ritchie put up a towering bomb and fullback Allen Riley regathered the loose ball to race away and score. Ty Sutherland converted the try and just before the full-time siren the Panthers were awarded a penalty in front of the sticks. Sutherland again raised the flags and the young Panthers got their season back on track with a well deserved win.
The Pinkies went into their match knowing that their season was on the line. They delivered with a great win after taking a 12-4 lead over the girls from Binnaway to the half-time break, before going on to claim a 30-16 victory. Shian Chatfield stood out for the Pinkies crossing for two tries and landing four goals while her sister, Talitha also potted a conversion. Kaitlyn Brown, Cassie Nolan and Emily Fardell also got touchdowns for the Pinkies, which finally had the team back in form from earlier in the season.