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AROUND THE GROUNDS

RUGBY UNION - 

The mighty Grenfell Panthers hosted the 2019 SIRU season opener last Saturday, April 6, at RB Bembrick Field before a huge crowd.

The Panthers took on the Young Yabbies which saw these two sides face each other for the first time in 10 years. In what was always going to be a hard fought clash the Panthers played some terrific, competitive rugby leaving spectators thoroughly entertained. The final score was 10 all proving that both sides are going to be hard to beat throughout the rest of the season.

Visitors certainly enjoyed the new improvements to the clubhouse and surrounds, especially the kids who had a ball on the new playground equipment. Watch this space for draw details and match results.

RUGBY LEAGUE - 

GRENFELL TO HOST PEAK HILL THIS SUNDAY

Grenfell will take on the Peak Hill Roosters and Bantams this Sunday at Lawson Park with League Tag kicking off at 12.40pm and First Grade 2.00pm

LEAGUE TAG MATCH REPORT

Last Saturday at Trundle, the Girlannas came away with a good 24-4 victory over the Trundle Sunflowers. It was a shock start to the game when Trundle scored a long range try off the first play of the game to lead 4 nil and then their young quick players continued to trouble the Grenfell defence for the next 20 minutes. To their credit, the Girlannas held their composure and scored two tries late in the first half with the second one being on the buzzer and enabling them to take a 10-4 half time lead. Grenfell closed out the game in the second half to record a very solid win considering they were missing some key players and came up against a willing Trundle outfit. Chloe Madgwick picked up the three best and fairest points whereas the two and one were shared by players player Zoe Gavin, Breanna Anderson and Alicia White. Tries were scored by Zoe (2), Chloe, Faith White and Chrystal Hucker who also knocked over 2 goals.

FIRST GRADE MATCH REPORT

Trundle scored two converted tries in the first 6 minutes of this match with both being scored in the corner against the Goannas left side defence. Grenfell fought back with two tries of their own to be down 12-10 and then dominated the remainder of the half without putting any more points on the board. This game was shaping up as a close tussle in the second half and that is exactly how it turned out but the Boomers eventually won 36-26 and in the process scored 6 tries to 5. The difference between the two teams on the day was the kicking game and play making of Boomer half back Adam Hall who controlled most of the play for his team. Three points and players player went to Ben Abbott, two points went to Jeremy D'ombrain and Travis Bryant picked up the one point. Tries were scored by Dan Harveyson (2), Travis Bryant (2), and Josh Bateman with Mitch Stevens kicking 3 goals.

RUGBY UNION: A huge crowd was in attendance for the 2019 Grenfell Panthers season opener last Saturday at Bembrick Field. Photo Carly Brown

RUGBY UNION: A huge crowd was in attendance for the 2019 Grenfell Panthers season opener last Saturday at Bembrick Field. Photo Carly Brown

Grenfell Panther Frazer Ryder offloads to his teammate in last Saturday's 10 all clash with the Young Yabbies. Photo Carly Brown

Grenfell Panther Frazer Ryder offloads to his teammate in last Saturday's 10 all clash with the Young Yabbies. Photo Carly Brown

TENNIS - 

ANOTHER TIE IN MEN'S TENNIS

There was another tie in the Men's Summer/Autumn Tennis Competition on Tuesday night. The 9th Round was played in cool conditions and the two pairs who tied were Grant Fisher and Rick Power and Steve Walker and Rod Freudenstein. They finished the round winning 28 games each. Grant and Rick's sets were 5/3, 7/1, 5/3, 3/5 and 8/0, while Steve Walker and Rod Freudenstein's sets were 7/1, 4/4, 5/3, 5/3 4/4- great tennis for the 4 men. Sally Mitton filled-in for Andrew Bucknell and Mark Liebich won a total of 20 games for the round. Their matches were very close after good keen tennis. They lost the first set then went on to level their 2nd set 4/4, won 5/3, and scored another two sets 4/4, 4/4. 

Steven Brown and Pat Hazell battled away in their sets to win a total of 17 games. Except for their first set which they lost 1/7, the next 4 sets were very close- 4/4, 3/5, 5/3, 4/4. Steve filled in for Graham Watt. Anthony Wilson and Arnold Brown played hard to win a total of 15 games. Three of their sets were 4 all, lost a set 3/5 and lost all form to go down 0/8 in the last set. Grahame Edwards and John Walmsley also tried hard in their sets to win 12 games. Three of their sets were close, recording 4/4, 1/7, 3/5, 3/5, 1/7.

The 9th round of the Men's Tennis certainly was a very close, competitive and enjoyable affair. The men now have three more rounds to play in their Summer/Autumn Competition and weather permitting Round 10 will be played next Tuesday.

MIXED TEAMS RESULTS

Players in the Mixed Teams Night Competition also experienced a cool night on Wednesday when they played Round 9. Teams in this competition will play the final round of their Autumn/ Winter Competition next Wednesday night, weather permitting. On Wednesday night the top team was once again Bogolong and Beyond defeating Odds and Sods 41 games to 23.

The Lone Rangers defeated Coppsies Floppsies 38 games to 26. Rollsies Rabble had the bye.

Bogolong and Beyond team members were - Brian Protheroe, Michael Mitton, Sally Mitton, Sandra Mathews and fill-in Esma Baker. The Lone Rangers were Craig Johnson, Paul Lynch, Maria Neill and Leanne Livingstone.

SOCCER - 

Grenfell started off the 2019 season last Sunday playing Parkes Wanderers, the team that defeated them in extra time in last years grand final. Grenfell headed to Parkes with high hopes for this match.

Could stingers win the game or would egg boy have more chance of winning a seat in government if he ran as an independent?

For the first time Jarrod took the captains roll and it didn't take long to lose the toss. Great to see he's keeping up with traditions.

Parkes had a stronger start scoring 2 quick goals in the first 10 minutes, Grenfell were folding quicker than the Clive Palmer party. Stingers finally kicked into gear and it wasn't long before they had a goal back. With stingers on a roll they soon had another and scores were locked a 2 all. This game was getting more exciting than married at first sight. Parkes hit back soon after but Grenfell struck again to go to the break 3 all. 

Second half started with Grenfell getting on top, we were running more plays than the Grenfell dramatic society, the Stingers kept applying pressure and scored 3 late goals to win 6-3.

Next Sunday at 1pm we have our first home game against Forbes All Stars. Make sure you get there early as parking may be a problem. Special thanks must go to our sponsors the Royal Hotel and Grenfell Meat Barn.