THE Tasco Timbers sponsored Bluedogs have been gallant in defeat in their recent games. A narrow, two point, loss to competition leaders Moruya was followed by another two point loss, this time to defending premiers Narooma.
Last Saturday at Bombala, an under strength Bluedogs took on second placed Cooma Stallions. While soundly beaten on the scoreboard, the Bluedogs won many admirers with their whole-hearted performance.
The Stallions went to a 16 point lead after just 12 minutes with tries to Salvestro, Schofield and Thomas. At this point a lesser team may have thrown in the towel but not the Bluedogs.
Korie Elton split the Cooma defence and displayed great speed to open the try scoring for the Bluedogs. Unfortunately a hamstring injury ended his participation in the game.
Jim Mikula was next to score for the ‘Dogs narrowing the gap to just 6 points.
Mitch Paczkowski and Brett Hodak were performing strongly for the home team, in both attach and defence. A head knock to Paczkowski ended his day and saw the Bluedogs down to just 12 men on the field.
With the advantage of an extra man, Cooma scored again just before the halftime break, to lead 22 points to 10.
Murray Jackson opened the scoring in the second half, once again narrowing the scoreline to just 6 points. Jackson was having an outstanding game, doubling his usually high workload to help his team-mates.
Nathan Lygon made his return from injury in this game and made his presence felt with some damaging runs.
Corey Schafer at halfback was the target of some late shots but kept his composure to direct play, and Brett Hodak played the full 80 minutes, a huge effort from the big man.
Matt Joseph and Matt Clift got involved at every opportunity with Joseph particularly damaging with the ball.
Thanks go to three of the Under 18s for stepping up to the top grade, Jackson Standen, James McMillan and Zack Mikula all contributed well.
Unfortunately for the Bluedogs, Cooma were able to run in 4 tries in the last 10 minutes to blow the score out to 54 points to 16.
Coaches Josh Clift and Paul Perkins were pleased with the effort from all of their men.
The Cabinet Works Hotdoggies were well beaten by the undefeated Fillies. Best for the Hotdoggies were Kayla Jamieson and Indi Quin showing some great tagging skills, and Sue Morgan who led and directed the girls well throughout the whole game.
In the Under 18s, the Bluedogs got off to a slow start with Cooma shooting out to a 22 points to nil lead before the home side clicked into gear.
Tries to James McMillan, Nic Rosten and Jarrod Dewberry got the Bluedogs back into the game however, Cooma ran out winners 26 point to 16.
This week’s U18 game will determine second place on the ladder so a win will be vitally important to both teams.
The Bluedogs will play Eden tigers at Pambula this coming Saturday. Ladies will kick off at 1.10pm, U18s at 2.10pm and First Grade at 3.40pm.