The Bombala Blue Heelers ladies and first grade sides headed to Bega for the qualifying game on Sunday to secure their position in the 2018 grand final.
First to take the field were the High Heelers League Tag women who were looking to secure their place in the 2018 grand final with a win over the Eden Tigerettes.
The game didn't start well for the Heelers who found themselves down 12-0 early in the game. However it didn’t take long until they were in for their first try when Lucy Sellers (sponsored by Bendoc Park Poll Herefords) used her fancy footwork to evade defenders and score under the posts and with Kayley Keavey’s (sponsored by D&L High Country Earthworks) successful conversion, the score now read 12-6.
Not long after, the girls were in again when they put it through the hands for centre Amy Stone (sponsored by Bibbenluke Stockhorse Stud) to score out wide. With the conversion waved away, the girls were now down 12-10 heading into half time.
The second half started better for the High Heelers, who now seemed to relax into the game and play some impressive football. Lucy Sellers (sponsored by Bendoc Park Poll Herefords) used her fancy footwork once again to score for the Bombala girls and with another successful Kayley Keavey (sponsored by D&L High Country Earthworks) conversion, the girls were now leading for the first time in the game 16-12.
With some solid line defence, the girls were able to hold the Eden girls at bay and off the back of this, Georgie Clarke went through to score next to the posts. Kayley Keavey (sponsored by D&L High Country Earthworks) was able to convert and the girls now had a comfortable lead of 22-12 with 13 minutes remaining.
The Bombala girls held strong in defence and completed their sets in attack to run out winners 22-12 and book their 2018 grand final spot.
The first grade fixture was between the Bombala Blue Heelers and Bega Roosters in what was set to be a physical and entertaining game of football.
The game started and the Heelers were looking good with the football and solid in defence. However in the 11th minute, Bega were able to score their first try and take a lead of 6-0.
It wasn’t then until the 30th minute that Bombala would get on the board, when captain-coach Paul Perkins (sponsored by Cottrell Motors Toyota) muscled his way through defenders on the wing to get their first points of the game. With Andrew Guthrie’s (sponsored by H&D Jones) successful conversion, the boys were now right back in it with the scores locked at 6 all.
Bombala provided some solid back to back defensive efforts, but unluckily in the 39th minute, Bega were able to score taking a lead of 10-6 into the sheds at half time.
The second half started well for the Heelers who were able to score through Malcolm Stone (sponsored by D&L Earthworks) out wide off a well placed Blake Robinson (sponsored by MCH Welding) kick and with the conversion waved away, the scores were now locked again at 10 all.
This wasn’t to be for long however, with Bega scoring another try and taking the lead 16-10. In the 21st minute, off a Bombala fed scrum, halfback Tyler Jones (sponsored by Raw Strength Bombala) took off to score under the posts and with Andrew Guthrie’s (sponsored by H&D Jones) successful conversion, the Heelers were right back in it at 16 all.
Not long after, in the 28th minute, Bombala received a penalty from in front and electing to kick for goal, took the lead for the first time in the game 18-16. With still 12 minutes remaining the Heelers knew they had a big task to hold the Bega Roosters at bay. Unfortunately in the 36th minute, Bega were able to score a try and take the win 22-18.
It was a solid effort from the Bombala boys who will now travel to Bateman’s Bay next weekend to take on the Bay Tigers for the final grand final spot for 2018.
The club encourages everyone to make the trip down to support our boys as they look to join the High Heelers in the grand final in a couple of weeks time.
The BDRLFC would like to thank their major sponsor Club Bombala for their ongoing support.