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13 June, 2021

Galahs swoop a narrow home win

Western Plains Rugby Union.

By Supplied

On Saturday, May 30, the Gulargambone Galahs hosted Walgett Rams for their first game at Gulargambone for the season.

The Galahs won by a single point for the third time in a row against the Rams.  Gulargambone also fielded a women’s sevens touch team against the Walgett Ewes. It was a wonderful turn out and an exciting future for women’s sport in Gulargambone. A friendly match was played in great spirit between both teams.

After some deep soul searching from last week’s Nyngan first grade game, the Galahs came out of the blocks firing, particularly with some good carries from Steven Owens and Luke Vagg.

Mistakes out wide cost the Galahs dearly and Walgett capitalised with an early try.

Several ruck infringements from the opposition soon helped Gular into Wal-gett territory with Curtis O’Connor slotting a penalty goal to make the score line 5-3.

A lapse in concentration soon allowed Walgett to hit back, taking the score line to 12-3. Despite some good runs from Bradley and Howard, as well as some enterprising backline moves via O’Connor and Tym, the score line remained 12-3 at half-time.

With some fresh legs on the bench, coach Ken Williams opted for a few half-time changes. This benefitted the Galahs immensely in controlling the ball and the game early in the second half. The turning point of the game soon came when Clayton Wilson opted for a chip kick and regathered to score under the posts.

This was soon followed by some Walgett frustration giving away another penalty which O’Connor slotting a three-pointer to give Gular a narrow lead. 

Not to be outdone, Walgett soon hit back with a try out wide.

But with a great home crowd behind them, Gular found an extra bit of ticker.

With cool heads and some swift ball movement, via Kelly and second rower (and presumably now wannabe fly half) Jack Bradley, Charles Tym exploited a hole out wide to crash over for a five-pointer.

With the outcome hinging on the conversion, O’Connor struck it sweet to gift Gular with a one-point lead.

Like the last two Gular/Walgett clashes, the Galahs held firm in the last five minutes to close out a one-point victory. The final score was 20-19 in favour of Gulargambone.

Player’s player was shared between Tim Bowman and Jack Bradley.

Best and fairest points were shared between Tim Bowman, Jack Bradley, Matt Howard and halves Doug Kelly and Curtis O’Connor.

The win puts Gulargambone into the top four.

Next Saturday’s clash might be the match of the round with Coonamble promising a full-strength side for their ladies’ day and Gular having some key players returning from injury.

-Pink Parrot

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