IT was another tough road trip for Bombala, with the Bombala Bluetongues heading to Batemans Bay to take on the top of the table Boars.
With only nine players, Bombala got a few Batemans Bay Reds players who had the bye to join their ranks and help fill a few positions on the field, however, Bombala still took to the field with only 13.
A well drilled Batemans Bay Boars team came out with all guns blazing and with their 5/8 controlling play exceptionally well, they were first to open the scoring.
The Bombala Boys played very well in patches, making it hard for the Bay to settle into their game plan but with a mixed match side the Bluetongues were always going to struggle.
Any turnover ball was costly and the Boars were always quick to make a mistake turn into points.
Unfortunately, the first half was a very one-sided affair, with the Bay team running in numerous trys with some very well structured play as well as some great counter attacking football.
The second half had the Bluetongues showing some real grit and determination and they were able to get their hands on the ball and play some nice phase football.
Eventually the hard work paid and through a quick tap to Haywood Fraser he was able to push his way over and score which he was unable to convert.
However, the overlap was proving too costly and the tiring Bluetongues defence was finding it harder and harder to fill the gaps in defence.
The final score was disappointing, with the Batemans Bay Boars running away with a 116-5 win.
A great effort was put in by the Bluetongues, it was always a tough ask to take on a well drilled and well trained outfit, and having to do so with a shortage of players was extremely hard work.
A big thanks to the few Bay Red boys who filled in and played for the Bluetongues, great to see sides helping one another out when there is a shortage.
At the end of the day it is about playing a game of rugby - thanks again.
Points for the weekend:
3 points – Haywood Fraser playing in jersey 3 (Linga Longa Cafe) had a top game, led from the front with strong carries of the football and a real positive approach all game which flowed through to other players.
2 points – Joel Cherry playing in jersey 1 (IGA Bombala) is becoming a solid performer week in week out.
Another great game, always putting his hand up for a run, Joel is improving each week and has become a vital part of the front rowers club in the Bluetongues.
1 point to John Guthrie playing in jersey 6 (Dungaree Past Co) was a tackling machine on the weekend.
His work at the breakdown and lineouts was top shelf creating many crucial turnovers to frustrate the home team, great game “Cutlet”.
Players Player went to a Bay Red youngster “JD” who filled in at 14 (Superannuation Fund Audit Service). playing a crucial roll in the backs for the Bluetongues.
His never quit attitude towards the game was a great boost for the boys, thanks JD for filling in.
Commitment Cup went to Andrew Girvan playing in jersey 4 (D and M Automotive) who had a great game, again another player always putting his hand up for a run and was putting his body on the line in defence, all of which he carried out with an ankle injury for the majority of the game.
Big effort from the Bombala boys who could make it down, it has been a tough couple of months on the road.
The Bluetongues have a bye next weekend and then the following weekend we travel to Milton, which will then see the Bluetongues have a stretch of home games which will be greatly needed.
Thanks again to all our sponsors this year, your support is crucial to the club: The Globe Hotel, CWP Boco Rock Wind Farm, IGA, Bendoc Park Herefords, Linga Longa Cafe, D and M Automotive, Monaro Farming Systems, Dungaree Past Co, Brugalong Livestock, Village Ford, Landmark, Meadowbank Borders and Texels, W and W Hampshire Plumbing, Jamie’s Bobcats, Goats Graphics, Super- annuation Fund Audit Service, HJ Brown Constructions, Fast Cash ATMs, Roger Pearce and Norm Talbot Transport.