On Saturday the Bombala Blue Heelers Reserve Grade side travelled to Candelo to play the undefeated Candelo-Bemboka United Panthers in what was to be a tough encounter.
The scoring was opened with Candelo-Bemboka taking first points to gain an early lead 6-0. However it wasn’t to be long until Bombala hit back with a try of their own with Andrew Platts scoring under the posts and with Aaron Stewart’s successful conversion Bombala were right back in it with a 6 all ball game.
Unfortunately this was to be the last time Bombala scored for the day with a couple of disallowed tries and some good Candelo-Bemboka defence. Leigh Radford and Slade Newton were strong for the Heelers relentless in both attack and defence, but at the conclusion of the game it was the Candelo-Bemboka United Panthers running away with the win 42-6. Players Player and three points went to Leigh Radford, 2 points went to Slade Newton and 1 point to Andrew Platts.
The Bombala High Heelers were in for a tough weekend of football playing two games in two days. The first game was on Saturday 20th May in Candelo against the Candelo-Bemboka United Pink Panthers. The scoring was opened early in the game with Caitlin Johnson of CBU taking an opportunity to slip through the line and score under the posts, with the conversion unsuccessful the score was 4-0 in CBU’s favour. The next 10 minutes proved a challenge for the High Heelers, however in the 11th minute Kayley Keavey eluded players to run away and score under the posts and open the High Heelers scoring for the day. Keiarna Rodwell’s successful conversion saw Bombala take the lead 6-4. Amy Stone would be next to score, running hard onto the ball to split CBU’s defence and run the length of the field to score under the posts. With another successful conversion to Keiarna Rodwell Bombala were now 12-4 in front. Two minutes later a precision ball from Abbey Kimber to a steaming Natasha Stewart saw another runaway try with Tash scoring under the posts and with Keiarna’s conversion the High Heelers went into half time 18-4 in front.
After the half time break both teams came out firing ready for an intense second half of football. Some great running from Kristy Nichols and Georgia Jones gained good metres for the high heelers while Abbey Kimber and Trina Brownlie were solid in defence keeping CBU at bay. It was in the 36th minute of the game that Amy Stone would evade players to runaway and score another great try under the posts taking Bombala to 22-4. The very next set of six saw Georgie Clarke break the line getting tagged just short of the try line. A quick thinking Kristy Nichols saw an opportunity on the right side and threw a great ball to put Taya Evans over for a good try out wide and with the conversion unsuccessful Bombala were 26-4 in front. Five minutes later would see Natasha Stewart score a great try and with Keiarna’s successful conversion the high heelers were up 32-4 with 5 minutes left to play. The last try of the game came in the last 2 minutes when Emma Sullivan passed a great ball staying in support to receive the ball back and score under the posts rounding out the game 36-4 in Bombala’s favour. Players Player and three points went to Amy Stone (sponsored by Bibbenluke Stockhorse Stud), two points went to Abbey Kimber (sponsored by KW Concreting) and 1 point went to Natasha Stewart (sponsored by RAW Strength Bombala).
The second of the High Heelers games was played in Narooma on Sunday, May 21 against the Narooma She-Devils. With the heat blaring down, it was going to be a tough encounter for the mountain girls. The game started well for the Heelers with some set plays gaining good field position. Keiarna Rodwell opened the scoring for the high Heelers with some great footwork to score and give Bombala the lead 4-0. Not long after Natasha Stewart ran onto the ball to runaway and score the girls second try of the game taking them 8-0 in front. Great defence from Gen Albert and Kristy Nichols kept Narooma from gaining ground, and on the back of this the next points were scored for Bombala through Keiarna Rodwell and with her conversion this took the girls into the half time break 14-0 in front.
After half time, play went back and forth between the two teams and it wasn’t until the 47th minute that Natasha Stewart bagged her second try for the day running away to score under the posts. Keiarna converted taking the High Heelers to 20-0 in front with minutes to play. A quick play from the Narooma hooker saw her scoot down the sideline to score out wide and round out the scoring for the day, the final score reading 20-4.
Players Player and three points went to Kristy Nichols (sponsored by Monique Perkins), two points went to Keiarna Rodwell and 1 point went to Georgie Clarke.
The Bombala Blue Heelers first grade were out to keep up their great form when they took on the Narooma Devils on Sunday, May 21 in Narooma.
With a great kick off, the Heelers were able to apply pressure early and regain possession in Narooma’s half. It would be Samoni to score first running onto the ball hard to score under the posts. With the successful conversion, Bombala led 6-0 early in the match. It wasn't to be long however until Narooma hit back with a try of their own evening things up to 6 all and shortly after they would score another try to take the lead 12-6. Tyler Jones was able to intercept a Narooma pass and couldn't be matched for pace running the length of the field to score under the posts taking the score to 12-10 in Narooma’s favour. It was deja-vu minutes later for Bombala when Alex Rosten scooted up the sideline to runaway and score a great try under the posts and with the conversion successful the scoreline was now Bombala in front 16-12. Bombala would be next to score through quick hands to Zac Slater who would score under the posts and with a successful conversion the score was now 22-12 in Bombala’s favour. Nearing half time Narooma hit back with a try of their own and with this the half time score read 22-18 to Bombala.
The second half started off much like the first for Bombala when a quick thinking Tyler Jones threw a dummy to go himself and score out wide taking the score to 26-18. Bombala were in again not long after when Tyler Jones threw a great ball to Bailey Jones to score on the wing and with this conversion successful Bombala had a comfortable lead 32-18. However, some good ball skills from Narooma would see them score three quick tries and take the lead late in the game 34-32.
A great run from Jackson Standen got Bombala great field position and with some quick hands Andrew Guthrie was over in the corner and Bombala finished on top at full time in a close game 36-34. Players Player and three points went to Tyler Jones, 2 points went to Adam Rodwell and 1 point to Nick Ryan. This weekend the Bombala Blue Heelers and High Heelers have a home game against Batemans Bay. Thank you to our major sponsor the Bombala RSL Club for their continued support and we are hoping to see you all at our upcoming Masquerade Monte Carlo Ball this Friday night May 26, see Garden Jewels Bombala for tickets prior to the night.