Narrandera Lizards will meet the Goolgowi Rabbitohs in the semi-finals of the ProTen Community Cup this weekend after delivering the Barellan Rams a sound thrashing.
The Lizards defeated the Rams in Round six on Saturday at Barellan 36-10, to put them at second spot on the ladder behind the Rabbitohs.
In other matches, the Hillston Bluebirds defeated the Ivanhoe Roosters 18-14 and the Rabbitohs won over the Rankins Springs Dragons 32-6.
In the semi-finals to be played at Goolgowi on Satruday, the first game will kick off at 1pm with Ivanhoe versus Rankins Springs, followed by the Lizards and Rabbitohs at 2.30pm.
In Saturday’s local derby, the Lizards led Barellan 14-4 by half time.
Jamaine Morgan scored three tries and one each to D’Andre Williams, Dylan Ingram, John Williams and Mark Morgan scored his first try of the year. Brayden Ingram was in form, kicking four goals.
Try scorers for Barellan were Ben Evans and John Evans, with a goal to Adam Thomas. Lizards co-coach Troy Prior said the team was looking forward to a home final at Narrandera.
“If we lose this week, we will play at home in the second semi-final,” he said. “Goolgowi haven’t lost a game this year but we have a side at full strength, winning our last three games.”
Prior said the Lizards strength lay with the backline.
“Goolgowi are beatable – we rested a few players on the weekend so we have a headache picking a side with 25 players fit and ready to go,” he said. “John Ingram and Kye Longford came back on the weekend for us.
“The last three weeks we have been playing some good football so hopefully we can carry that on next Saturday and go straight through to the grand final.”
Players on the day wore blue socks to raise funds and awareness of motor neurone disease.
In the juniors, Narrandera played Lake Cargelligo with the Under 6 boys winning their game 64-24, Under 8 boys winning 32-26 and the Under 10 boys defeating Lake 44-22.
The Under 12 boys came away with a win under the belts, 46-18, although Seth Quince was forced off in the first half with an injury to his elbow.
In the girls league tag, Under 6s had a try-for-try match but came away with the win at 42-34.
The Under 8 was a tight match but Narrandera went down 24-20, while in the Under 10s it was neck and neck with Lake just getting the win 18 16, and in the Under 13s the girls lost to Darlington Point Coleambally Roosters on the Saturday in Leeton.
There is now a break for the school holidays with several players in the representative matches for Group 20 in Wagga this weekend.
The Lizards’ women’s 9s team had their first training run with coach John Ingram. Prior said the women’s game, consisting of nine minute halves, was slated to be held this Friday at 6pm.