Rankins Springs edge out Barellan in Proten Community Cup
Despite going into the game as underdogs, Narrandera Lizards ran out victors 30-18 over Ivanhoe Roosters in round four of the ProTen Community Cup.
Hosted by Hillston on Saturday, the match saw the Lizards with a handy lead of 16-10 by half time over the competition favourites.
Jamaine Morgan scored two tries while one a piece went to Shane Squires, Corey Prior and Vula Wate, with Brayden Ingram returning from a week’s suspension to kick four goals.
The return to the winner’s circle followed an underdone Lizards side suffering a 46-10 trouncing at the hands of the Rankins Springs Dragons the previous week.
With 11 players out due to injury, the Lizards had scraped together a team borrowing three players from other sides, and warhorse Tommy Lyons lacing up his boots to help out.
Narrandera has now notched up two wins from four and sits fourth on the ladder.
Co-coach Troy Prior said the Lizards good form from the Knockout was returning, rating the game as the best defensive effort all year.
“Over the last few weeks we have been right in the game but slackening off in the second half,” Prior said. “On the weekend, we put it all together and got a few players back that were out through injury.
“Jamaine Morgan was the player’s player and scored twice, including a 90 metre try. Vula Wate returned from injury to score a solo try and Brayden Ingram kicked four from six goals. Brayden is an absolute workhorse in the second row – he will take the ball up and tackle all day.
“It’s great to see the enthusiasm of youth in the team. We have 170 plus juniors registered in mini league so football is back in Narrandera.”
Barellan had a close game against Rankins Springs with the score at six-all at half time.
Tries were scored for the Rams by Neil Halden, Nick Ohlsen, Albert Gibson and Greg Bonetti, with Adam Thomas kicking three goals. The final score was Rankins Springs 24 to Barellan 22.
After a 14 year absence, Ivanhoe will host round five of the competition this Saturday at Sahara Oval.
The Group 17 Old Boys will play a curtain raiser from 11am, and include Lizards player Tom Lyons. Barellan will play Goolgowi at noon followed by Narrandera versus Hillston at 1.30pm.
Prior said the ProTen competition was close with any team capable of winning.
“The competition is even at the moment – if we win this weekend we are guaranteed a finals spot,” he said.
Meanwhile, women aged 15 years and over, and keen to play league tag are answering the call for a women’s ProTen Cup Competition. The first matches are set down for July 20 followed by a grand final on July 27 at Ivanhoe. These matches are hoped to lead to a women’s ProTen Cup representative side to play against Murray Cup in Narrandera on August 24.
Shaun Lyons said the first training session for the local women’s team would be in three weeks.
“There has been plenty of interest from the Narrandera girls and it will add plenty of excitement to the competition,” Lyons said.