The Bombala Blue Heelers Rugby League Football Club, first grade and league tag teams headed to Bega on Sunday for the qualifying games to get into the 2018 grand final.
The High Heelers League Tag ladies defeated the Eden Tigerettes in a tough game that didn’t start well, but ended with the Bombala ladies winning the game 22-12 securing them a spot in the 2018 grand final.
The first grade fixture was between the Bombala Blue Heelers and the Bega Roosters in what ended up being a physical and entertaining game of football.
Bega scored the first try early on in the game and it was a while before Bombala captain/coach, Paul Perkins muscled his way through the Bega defenders to get first points on the board for Bombala and with a successful conversion the score was locked in at 6 all.
Bega were able to score again before half time and the players headed to the sheds with Bega leading 10 to 6 at half time.
Malcolm Stone scored for Bombala early in the second half and the score was 10 all before Bega scored another try, taking the lead 16 to 10.
Another try by Bombala’s Tyler Jones was converted by Andrew Guthrie and the score was 16 all.
Not long after, Bombala received a penalty from in front and electing to kick for goal, took the lead for the first time in the game 18 to 16.
With 12 minutes left on the clock the Heelers knew they had a big task to hold the Roosters at bay, however Bega were able to score a try and take the win 22 to 18.
The first grade Blue Heelers will now travel to Bateman’s Bay next weekend to take on the Bay Tigers for the final grand final spot for 2018.
Bombala Blue Heelers Rugby League Club president Col Ryan said he congratulates the ladies on a great season so far.
“But it’s not over yet as they still have to win the grand final.
“The women have done exceptionally well considering they were without last year’s players Patrice Clear, Marie Coates, Tash Stewart and Kiana Rodwell who all played in last year’s grand final.
“The new girls are playing really well this year and I hope they can go on and win the grand final,” he said.
“As for the first grade, they had their opportunities and were leading with minutes to go, but they made too many mistakes, giving away silly penalties right near the end.”