On Sunday, the Bombala Blue Heelers hosted the Cooma Stallions in all three grades.
In what turned out to be a better day weather wise than originally predicted, some great display’s of football were witnessed by spectators.
First to play for the day were the Bombala High Heelers taking on the Cooma Fillies and after losing the toss, received the kick.
The High Heelers started well scoring the first try just six minutes into the game through a great individual try to Kayley Keavey and after converting her own try the score was 6-0 to the Bombala girls.
After this, the Bombala girls got on with the job, scoring another 3 tries before half time with one to captain Maree Coates and two to speedster Sam Stewart, taking the score to 18-0 at half time.
The second half started a bit slower for the Bombala team, but they were able to get their first points of the half via Sam Stewart and with the conversion waved away the lead was now extended to 22-0.
Next to score for the High Heelers was Amy Stone who was able to evade defenders and score. Just one minute later, Monique Perkins saw an opportunity from dummy half and snuck over the line to score under the posts, the score now reading 30 nil with just under 10 minutes remaining.
The High Heelers had more points left in them and with a great try to Amy Stone the girls now led 34-0. Kayley Keavey’s successful conversion rounded out the scoring for the home side taking a convincing win of 36-0. It was a great display by the Bombala girls who were able to maintain ball control in wet conditions and work hard in defence to keep the opposition to nil.
Points were; Player’s player was shared between Amy Stone and Kayley Keavey. 3 points went to fullback Kayley Keavey for her safe hands and dominant running. 2 points went to captain Maree Coates (sponsored by Southern Stockyards and Fencing) for leading from the front and dominance in both attack and defence and 1 point went to Abbey Kimber for her direction in attacking sets.
Reserve grade were next to take the field and taking on an undefeated Cooma side was going to be challenging for the home side. The Bombala boys were put on the back foot, with early tries to Cooma and after 20 minutes of play they found themselves down 16-0.
Bombala were able to hit back with a try to Chris Halligan and with a successful conversion by Murray Jackson, the boys were back in it trailing 16-6. Just before half time Cooma were able to hit back with a try and went into half time leading 20-6. In the second half, Cooma were able to score three tries and rounded out the scoring for the day running out winners 34-6.
The scoreline did not reflect the toughness of this game, with the Bombala boys testing a strong Cooma outfit. Captain-coach Murray Jackson said ‘every player for Bombala dug deep and played a great game against a good football team’. The boys will continue to get to training and look to get their first win for the season in the upcoming games. Points were awarded as; Slade Newton players player, 3 points went to Chris Halligan, 2 points to Ben Mooney and 1 point to Charlie Piesley.
Bombala’s first grade side were out to continue their winning start to the season when they came up against the Cooma Stallions. The game didn’t start as planned by the home side with two early tries being awarded to Cooma meaning the Heelers were down 12-0 in the opening 10 minutes of the game. It wouldn't be too long though before the Bombala boys were able to score their first points of the game through lock Luke Ingram and with an unsuccessful conversion, the boys were now trailing 12-4. Next to score would be Blake Robinson for the Bombala Blue Heelers and with a successful conversion to Wame the boys were now down 12-10. Just before half time, Cooma snuck in for another try and extended their lead to 18-10.
The second half was much better for the home side with tries to Tyler Jones and Andrew Guthrie and with successful conversions to Wame the boys were able to win the game 22-18. It was another great display of football by the Bombala Blue Heelers who continue their winning form.
Points went to 3 points and players player; Luke Ingram (sponsored by P&B Joseph) for his dominance in attack and defence, 2 points Adam Rodwell (sponsored by Southern Stockyards and Fencing), for his hard running and solid defence and 1 point to Boro Navori (sponsored by Bobbin Rustic Creations) for his elusive running game and ability to create opportunities all game.
The Bombala Blue Heelers will host Candelo-Bemboka this coming weekend in both Reserve and girls, with first grade having the bye. The club invites spectators to come down to the show ground to support the home sides. The BDRLFC would like to thank their major sponsor Club Bombala for their continued support.