Group 16 All Stars shoot down rivals

ALL STARS: Blake Schafer looks for an offload during the Indigenous v All Stars headline 23s clash at Narooma on Saturday.
ALL STARS: Blake Schafer looks for an offload during the Indigenous v All Stars headline 23s clash at Narooma on Saturday.

The Group 16 All Stars have won the most lopsided All-Stars match in recent history, beating the Indigenous All Stars 62-12.

Fullback Kyle Shepherdson and centre Zac Cuzner both scored hat-tricks in the 11 tries to two demolition job.

Bombala players in the Group 16 All Stars lineup included Tyler Jones, Luc Ingram and new Blue Heelers pickup Joel Grewar.

The Group 16 All Stars got off to a fast start with two tries inside of the first five minutes.

Merimbula-Pambula halfback Blake Schafer scored the first try of the day underneath the posts, before a long range effort for Cuzner’s first.

The Indigenous All Stars hit back briefly through prop Declan Scott, who ran a courageous line near the posts to score a textbook forward’s try.

The Group 16 All Stars quickly took momentum back, scoring four more tries, including two to Shepherdson, to take a 32-6 lead into the half time break.

The second half began much like the first, as Bega’s James Duncan scored early to widen the margin.

The game became an arm wrestle for the next 10 minutes, as both sides started looking fatigued.

Shepherdson was the man to provide the spark the game needed, scoring a magnificent solo try to complete his hat-trick. The fullback broke six tackles on his way to the line, showing the full range of skills that make him one of the most exciting players in the competition.

The Indigenous All-Stars did score again through Dan Swain, but three more tries to the Group 16 All-Stars finished off the 50-point thrashing.

The start of the All-Stars match was delayed due to a scary incident in the women’s All-Stars match.

Group 16 All Stars player Lucie Elton suffered a suspected neck injury in the second half of the game after a hard tackle from Rhelisha Roberts. Although Elton has since been cleared of any damage, the game was called to a halt with the Indigenous All Stars leading 26-10.

Group 16 chairman Allan Wilton praised the efforts of the trainers in handling the situation.

“They handled that very well; it’s always better to err on the side of caution.”

The day also saw the inaugural Dave Wilton Trophy awarded to the Narooma Devils after an 18-6 victory over the Bega Roosters.