THE Bombala Bluetongues travelled down the mountain to Bateman’s Bay on Saturday to take on the red and black Boars, who were 2011 premiers.
These guys were very confident and have been in the last eight grand finals, and Bombala have not beaten them at their home ground in four years.
There was no showing of a slow start, with the boys in blue taking the ball into the opposition from the kick off.
Against the run of play and with a stacked backline, the Boars scored the first try out wide.
The next 30 minutes had the Bluetongue forwards showing their dominance, and this saw our No. 10 Chris “Stan” Anderson dummy, ghost and step his way over the try line for a great opening try.
We scored next with a great break from fullback Ben Mooney, who chipped over his opposite number allowing winger Hugh Platts to regather and get his first try of the day.
With only one minute of play left the Boars scored, making halftime 14-12 their way.
The big Bombala forwards were making good attacking platforms for their backs from scrums and lineouts in the second half, and when a few phases of play link up in the danger zone (20 metres out from opposition try line), the inevitable happens, with Captain Big V carrying over three players to score an awesome try.
Hugh got his second try by supporting an excellent backs move. Ben Mooney knocked over four conversions and a penalty, seeing the Bluetongues secure a great 29-14 lead.
The Boars really ramped things up and scored two converted tries, but then Ross Page copped a knee to the head in an awkward tackle (got a twinge in his neck for his troubles). Play stopped for 15 minutes while he was taken by ambulance to hospital for a check over. Luckily everything is okay, the score 29-28 our way.
Defence in the last 10 minutes was fantastic and the momentum the Boars had ground to a halt right on our try line, and they were unable to convert pressure to any points.
This gutted the Boars and allowed Sam Caldwell to smash the ball over in the last minute, final whistle 36-28 our way.
Since we won the match we now have the privilege of playing in the 2012 Grand Final to take on the Dolphins at Broulee this Saturday afternoon. Congratulations for getting there boys, now bring it home!