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25 May, 2022

Terriers home win, 16-6

Christie and Hood Castlereagh League

By Supplied

A great defensive display from the Gulgong Terriers paved the way for a well-deserved win over the Panthers in round four of the Christie and Hood Castlereagh League at Gulgong on Saturday. The Panthers enjoyed the bulk of possession in the opening minutes of the game but were unable to convert this into points.

After soaking up the early onslaught from the Panthers, the home side struck in the 15th minute when their dynamic fullback, Ethan Pegus, sliced through the Panther defence to score between the posts for James Morrison to convert.

Two minutes later they were in again when their big front rower, Curtis Wolthers, barged over from close range. Morrison again converted and the home side were in control, holding out any Panther raids with their solid defence.

Anthony Harris was having a great game up front for the Panthers, constant- ly charging into the Terrier defence, whilst George Alchin was also solid out wide, only being denied a couple of first half tries through some great goal line defence from the home side.

Gulgong took their 12-point lead to half-time, and it took 15-minutes into the second half to bother the scoreboard attendant when Gilgandra’s captain coach, Jamie Towney, finally cracked the Terrier defence to get the Panthers on the board. DJ Smith converted the try and it was game on again with Gulgong leading 12-6. The game was played in tough con- ditions with the soggy playing field mak- ing it hard work for both sides, but Gulgong took their chances when they were presented and with 16-minutes re-

maining the Panthers made a crucial han- dling error in their own in goal. Pegus was again on hand to pounce on the loose ball and touch down in the corner and extend Gulgong’s lead to 16-6.

The Panthers threw everything at the Gulgong defence in the final minutes but were unable to break through the solid defence and the Terriers clung on for a great victory in front of their large home crowd.

Harris and Alchin were best for the Panthers as was Blake Frost who contin- ues with his great form in the early part of the season.

The Panther boys now get a two week break before taking on competition heavyweights, Narromine in their next game. They will be working hard at training to rectify some chinks in their game and get their season back on track.

The Pinkies went to Gulgong looking to wipe away the nightmare of their loss to Dunedoo the previous week and two tries from Rani Diggs and Kylie Louie as well as a conversion from Shian Chatfield seen the Pinkies take a 10-6 lead to half-time. The local girls evened up the score early in the second half, but two great tries to try scoring machine, Mab Fuller, and two conversions by Shian saw the Pinkies run out comfort- able winners, 24-10 when the hooter sounded.

It was a great return to form from the Pinkies and they will again need to be at their best this Saturday when they hit the road again and head to the Crater to take on the Binnaway Bombshells. The girls from Binnaway will be looking to imp- ress their supporters, while the Pinkies will be looking to continue their impres- sive start to the season. 

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