Taking it up to the Condobolin Rams and making his presence felt for the Goannas in last Sunday’s Woodbridge Cup Rugby League game at Grenfell’s Lawson Park was Jeremy D’ombrain whilst being ably assisted by his brother Michael.Last Sunday at Lawson Park the Grenfell Goannas just failed to run down the Condobolin Rams losing by eight points 40 to 32.
Condo opened the scoring with a long distance try but the Goannas levelled up at 6-all after Fred Malolo crashed over from close range.
Two more converted tries to Condo saw them go out to a 12 point lead and this was then cut to 8 after James Eppelstun scored out wide from a kick that rebounded off a Condo defender.
As has been the case in recent weeks the Goannas let in a couple of tries leading up to half time and with Condo goal kicker Desmond Ritchie slotting them from everywhere they went to oranges 30-10 up.
Condo scored first after half time and appeared quite content with their afternoons work until the goannas came storming back into the game on the back of a weight of possession.
During this period the Goannas piled on 3 tries to Fred, Jeremy Dombrain and James Eppelstun and had the Condo defence going backwards with some quick “play the balls” and ball work.
The try to James was a brilliant solo effort after fielding a kick on his own 10 metre line he weaved his way through a jagged Condo defensive line only to be cut down short of the line by one of their fast outside backs.
James was able to shrug off this last ditch tackler and bang the ball down in the south eastern corner.
Grenfell’s comeback coincided with some increased intensity in the match and with tempers flaring a melee erupted resulting in a Condo player being sent off.
After a couple of penalties Condo marched downfield and scored under the posts to give themselves some breathing space and a 40 to 26 lead.
Grenfell weren’t finished for the day however with Hayden Makin dashing down the blind side showing some surprising speed and throwing a great dummy on a 50 metre run to the line.
That wrapped up the scoring for the day and the Goannas could be satisfied with their efforts against a Condo team who came ready to play.
All players played strongly with Fred (Fractured heel), Mick Dombrain (Flu and Shoulder) and Jeremy Dombrain (Elbow) going into the match with injuries but still having plenty of game time.
Young Matt Tozer showed plenty of heart taking the ball up all day against the experienced and aggressive Condo pack whilst James Eppelstun continued his recent good form.
Other players to stand out were Dan Lennane, Jamie Dykstra, Hayden Makin and the ever consistent Ant Eppelstun.
UPCOMING GAMES AND SUPPORTERS DRAW
This Sunday the Goannas make the hour long trip to Cargo to take on the Blue Heelers in League Tag (1.00pm) and First Grade (2.00pm).
Last Sunday our players/supporters draw was not claimed and so it jackpots to $600 for our final home game on Saturday August 4.
Being a Saturday the draw will take place between 6.00 -6.30pm at the Albion Hotel and because it is our final home game it will be drawn until we have a winner.
Our final home game is against long-time rivals Burrangong on Saturday August 4 at 3.00pm.
The Girlannas are to play Molong at 2.00pm in the League Tag clash.
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