Bombala will be the outside favourite for the Group 16 first grade premiership, locking in a major semi-final draw after downing the Merimbula-Pambula Bulldogs at the Bombala Showground on Sunday.
The Blue Heelers proved too strong a nut to crack on their home turf, sending the Bulldogs away with a loss 40-18 after some blinding left and right edge runs in the first half.
Bombala’s Tyler Jones scored first points of the match with Blake Robinson converting before the Bulldogs locked in to six all.
Bombala struggled to contain the attack of the away team before they eventually scored taking the score to 12 to 6.
Bombala’s Rosten scored next with Robinson slotting in a two pointer to even the score 12 all. Boro Navori scored for the Heelers next up and with the conversion the score was 18 to 12.
The half time score was Heelers 24 to Bulldogs 18, it was going to be a big second half.
Adam Rodwell was next over the line 30 to 18 and then it was Malcolm Stone who scored for Bombala 34 to 18. Navori scored next sealing the win for the Heelers with a convincing 40 to 18 victory.
The result was hard to swallow for the Bulldogs, who had a rough weekend, also going down in the reserve grade clash to Bega 32-8 (with a second chance in another elimination final), while the league-tag Hot Doggies will also need a second chance to reach the grand final, suffering a 14-0 loss to the Moruya Sharkettes.
It was a joyous weekend for the Bega Roosters, advancing to the next round in all four senior grades.
The under 18s had a text-book result over the Cooma Stallions 56-8, the league tag Chicks defeated the Cooma Fillies 18-10, the reserves downed the Bull Ants and the first grade contingent ended Moruya’s first grade campaign – 44-12.
In other matches, The Sharks kept their chances alive in reserves, claiming the day 26-20 over the Cooma Stallions after both teams had some surging runs in Saturday’s elimination round at Bega on Saturday.
And the Batemans Bay under 18s scored a two-point win over the Narooma Devils in a hard-fought and speedy game in blustery winds at Bombala 22-20.
Cooma’s first grade, Bombala ladies, the Candelo-Bemboka Reserves and the Merimbula-Pambula under 18s were the minor premiers and will go into major semi-final draws next weekend.
The win for the Blue Heelers first grade means they head to Cooma with the Bombala High Heelers ladies league tag team, with both teams playing for a chance to go straight to the grand final.
The Bombala Blue Heelers Rugby League Football Club is encouraging as many supporters as possible to make the trip to Cooma on Sunday to cheer Bombala on and help get us over the line.