29 July, 2022
Gulargambone remembers Kennaugh at Old Boys Day
Gulargambone Rugby Club held their annual Barney Kennaugh Old Boys Day on Saturday at Gulargambone against the second placed Warren Pumas.
sides came away victors in both matches.
Prior to kick off for the first XV
teams former Western Plains Rugby
president, Greg Whitely, who worked
together with Barney on the board for a
number of years, gave a fitting tribute to
Barney for all the work he had done for
not only Gulargambone Rugby, but also
Western Plains Rugby.
This tribute for Barney and his family
was finished off with a moment’s silence
for long-time supporter Joy Kennaugh,
who recently passed away. The club was
grateful to Mr Whitely for his kind words
and the Warren Rugby Club for participating
in the pre-game ceremony.
Gulargambone Rugby Union Club
also passed on their condolences to the
Kennaugh family for their loss of Joy.
Saturday would have no doubt been a
day of many emotions.
In the first match of the day, the
Flamin’ Galahs went down in a hard
fought loss to Warren 4-1.
proving too strong and Gulargambone
will be looking to bounce back against
Walgett this weekend.
The first XV team went down 56-10
to a strong Warren outfit who have
locked in second place heading to the
finals in two weeks. With too much pace
in the backs, they were clinical in the
first half, scoring a number of run away
tries. But it was without strong performances
to half half Archie Haling, inside
centre Nick Ryan, and hooker Stevo
Owens who all put in a gutsy display for
the old boys and supporters.
row of Will Bowman, who has continued
to do his thing each week, led the forward
pack along side Toby Hill, a
nephew of Barney’s, who played a full
outstanding 80 minutes at loose head
The play of the day was no doubt,
Curtis O’Connor’s individual brilliance
which started 60 metre from the Warren
try line with a chip and chase, grubber,
regather and a 30 metre pass to a lurking
second rower in Michael Roche who was
gifted an easy try off the back of an
One for the highlight reel.
Gulargambone pulled themselves
together at half-time and their dogged
defence had Warren rattled for a a period
of play. This saw the likes of Luke Vagg,
Matt Howard and Jasen Starr provide
some solid hits in defence. This aggressively
play helped Archie Haling score
an excellent try rewarding him for his
great game at halfback.
Gular fought to the end with Warren
scoring two late tries to seal a well
deserved 57-10 win.
Points this week went to: Archie
Haling three and Player’s Player, Nick
Ryan two and Stevo Owens one.