Karuah Rugby League
LAST week the Karuah Roos travelled to Kurri Kurri to take on the Gloucester Magpies in the Preliminary Final for D Grade 2016.
It was a very wild and windy day. And what a valiant performance by the Karuah Roos it will go down in history.
Gloucester kicked off with the wind to their backs. They were the first to put points on the board within the first 10minutes it was Magpies 12 Roos 0.
Great runs by the Ben Langdon, Aden Callaghan, Matt Cameron, Dwayne Fleming, Ryan Saunders, Dylan Foley, Luke Chapman, Matt Croese, Aaron Bills Tim Johnson and Luke Perry.
With the Roos being down a player for sin bin and the Gloucester boys proving hard to get down. Gloucester were in again 18/0.
The Roos didn’t give up they kept hitting them hard with Sam Croese leading the way with going very low to bring them down. Other big hitters were Matt Croese, Ben Langdon, Aden Callaghan Jack Croese, Daniel Evans, Luke Perry, Matt Cameron, Darren Weatherall, Dwayne Fleming, Mick Booby, Ryan Saunders, Josh Page, the Bills Brothers Aaron and Shannon and Mitch O’Bryan.
With about 6minutes to go Gloucester was in again taking the half time score to Gloucester 24 Karuah 0.
The Roos never say die attitude and great team work was what kept their heads high for the second half.
It wasn’t long into the second half and we were over the line with Matt Croese #12 scoring the Roos first points of the game which Sam Croese #6 converted 24/6. But Gloucester was in again just after that 30/6.
The Roos held their heads high and just kept on going with some great runs by Ben Langdon, Matt Croese, Daniel Evans, Aden Callaghan, Jack Croese, Mitch O’Bryan, Matt Cameron, Dwayne Fleming, Luke Chapman, Luke Perry, Josh Page and Dylan Foley.
With an intercept from Josh Page the Roos were heading in the right direction and #4 Ryan Saunders was in and Sam converted taking the score to Roos 12 Magpies 30.
With 19minutes left in the game the Roos put on 2 quick tries the first to #3 Josh Page and the second to #15 Matt Cameron and Sam converting both bring the score to Roos 24 Magpies 30.
Big hits by Dwayne Fleming, Daniel Evans, Ben Langdon, Aden Callaghan, Matt Cameron, Tim Johnson, Ryan Saunders, Luke Perry and Shannon Bills.
With 11minutes left in the game Mr Never Give Up #3 Josh was in for his second of the game and Sam’s kicking foot never put a foot wrong converting to even the score at 30 all.
7 and half minutes to go Gloucester saw the opportunity for a field goal and took it 31/30. They thought that they had it WON and were off to the Grand Final against Hinton next week.
But the Roos kept their heads and just kept on ploughing on.
In the last dying minute we were attacking their line and they concede a penalty right in front of the posts. The only thing to do was to take the kick and Sam’s put it right over the black dot making it 6 from 6 for him. Took the bell and the final score to Karuah Roos 32 Gloucester Magpies 31.
Well done to both side it was a great game.
This Saturday the Roos now play for the grand final premiership against the Hinton Hornets @ Harker Oval New Lambton 9.30am kick off.
The KRLFC have grand final t-shirt’s and drink cooler for sale t-shirt’s $10 Cooler $5. Please order through Sonja on facebook or 0402283316.
Don’t forget the Presentation night tickets are still on sale also threw Sonja. Presentation is on the Friday night 16th Sep @ Karuah RSL $25 for a Baked Dinner and entertainment.
By Sonja EVANS