Blue Heelers put bite on Goannas

On a typically cool winters day at Cargo the Goannas put in a spirited display until the floodgates opened against them in the last 25 minutes of the match. The Goannas were always going to be up against it only having 13 players due to injuries last week and work commitments. After an even start Cargo in quick time piled on four long distance tries the majority coming against the Grenfell right side defence. Grenfell settled and was able to hold Cargo scoreless for the remainder of the half and in the process put on two tries of their own. Centre Brendon Sirol crashed over out wide and Hayden Makin showed a clean pair of heels to scoot over from 30 metres out continuing his good recent form. The Cargo Blue Heelers went to half time leading 24-10 but apart from their 15 minute scoring spree the Goannas had the better of the first 40 minutes. During the first half Brad Scott injured his shoulder then dislocated it popped it back in and went off the field and had it strapped. He returned to the field some minutes later to play in discomfort and exhibit the grit and determination that this team has. The Goannas came out after half time firing and when James Eppelstun sliced through the Cargo defence from 30 metres out they were only down by 8 points 16-24. Grenfell started to bustle Cargo with their defence but with 30 minutes remaining on the clock fatigue, injuries and no reserves started to take its toll.

Brad Scott was struggling with his shoulder whilst Brendon Sirol could only jog due to a hip injury and added to this was the fact that big men Steve O’Byrne, Fred Malolo and Matt Tozer had to pay the full 80 minutes without a break. Down to 11 men and then 10 after Ant Eppelstun suffered a hamstring injury the inevitable happened and Cargo scored a succession of tries with the final score being 82-16. Cargo goal kicker Duncan Young rubbed salt into the wound by putting in a near perfect performance in piloting over 13 goals from 14 attempts.

Other players on the day were Jarrod Palmer, Phil McSpadden, Jamie Dykstra and Dan Barclay whereas the standout players were James, Hayden, Fred and Ant.


This Saturday at Lawson Park Grenfell will host long-time rivals the Burrangong Bears in the local derby. The Goannas will have some players back this week and hope to see a good crowd to cheer them on for their last home game of the regular season.

Being our Final Home Game of the season our Players/Supporters Draw will continue until someone takes home the $600 Jackpot. The draw will take place after the Burrangong Game at the Albion Hotel between 6.00-6.30pm and you need to be present in the Hotel at the time of the Draw to claim it.

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