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16 August, 2021

Gular finishes season on high note

Gulargambone have finished their season on a high, defeating northern neighbours, Coonamble Rams 35-0 at home on Saturday, July 31.

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Gulargambone smashed Coonamble 35-0 at the weekend. Photo Kirsty Fisher Photography.

The Gulargambone faithful left it until the last game as the Galahs supporters flocked in to catch the tri colours for one last time in their fortieth year of rugby. An excellent crowd not seen for a number years, combined with a brilliant ladies day at the home of Gulargambone rugby showed the results of what a hardworking and dedicated committee and helpers can achieve.

The festival of rugby kicked off with the Gular juniors taking on one of the girls’ teams who featured in the 1980s retro weekend. While the juniors and the girls were putting on a curtain raiser for the women’s and men’s teams.

There were crimps, perms, neon and leg warmers swarming through gates as the 1980s theme proving to be a hit amongst the large majority of attendees in the ladies day tent. In 1980, when Gulargambone rugby was formed, Kim Kardashian was born, women were allowed to be full members of surf clubs, the controversial Moscow Olympics were held and Gulargambone local Allan King celebrated his twentieth birthday.

The first of the main games held was the Gulargambone women taking on the Coonamble women’s team in the seven’s touch. They came away with the win, four tries to nil. Led by captain Charlotte Haling, the try scorers were Paige Wilson, Emma Malone, Millie Lambell and Charlotte Haling.

The team has been improving week on week and they now head to the finals as the Western Plains have decided to run an extended finals series allowing all six teams to compete. A top initiative by Western Plains. The other main game was the men’s first and they were aiming to clean sweep Coonamble for the first time in over two decades. That they did, keeping Coonamble scoreless for the entirety of the match.

Benefiting from the coin toss, the Galahs ran with a stiff breeze behind their back and this basically meant since the ball goes further with wind, the rams were pegged down in the own half and defending for the large majority of the first 40 minutes.

Charles Tym opened the scoring for the Galahs. The galahs looked as they there going to run rampant but Coonamble were dogged in defence and their number of youngsters held their own. It was Gulargambone’s youngsters who stole the show with Harry Spora being the best on ground going home with a man of the match performance at inside centre in his first season of men’s rugby.

Spora was backed up by another youngster in Lachlan Ferguson who was unfortunate not to pick up a number of tries. The man who goes by the name Diggity kept pressuring the Coonamble outside backs all game. Another of the youngsters to take the field was Hamish Beveridge, his debut yielded plenty of applause and did not look out of place in a tri-colours jersey.

Gulargambone had no less than five debutants under the age of 20 and all are second generation players for Gulargambone, a great sign for things to come in the future. The Galahs went into the second half with a 28 to nil lead and running into the wind wound them back, but the defensive effort was brilliant as they kept the rams scoreless, the first team they have done this against this season.

The fulltime score ended at 35-0 in front of a large crowd as they celebrated 40 years of Gulargambone rugby in style. Points went to Harry Spora, three and players player, two went to Seb Knight and one to both Nick Spora and Tim Bowman. That’s Gulargambone men’s season done for the year.

While finishing on six wins to Warren’s five, Warren picked up nine bonus points to Gular’s three. Warren’s consistency for large parts in the matches to be rewarded and this is through a minor semi next weekend. Gulargambone would like wish the remaining teams all the best in the finals.

Jon Kilby

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