THE Moree Boomerangs were too slick for the seven other sides in Saturday’s muddy Domestic Violence Cup at Moree, but winning and losing wasn’t the most important part of the day.
It was all about promoting the “Let’s Tackle Domestic Violence” message and had some high profile support in the form of ex-NRL stars David Peachey, Dean Widders and Ricky Walford, as well as NRL Indigenous Council member Linda Burney MP.
Peachey said the NRL was fully supportive of the concept and hopes it can be extended in the future.
There are now 28 clubs involved in the program and even though the tournament only allowed for a fraction of them to compete, it was a big success.
“We’re here to show what the program is all about,” Peachey said.
“To have 28 teams from around the NSW Country Rugby League is a big effort.
“If we can get 10 or 12 or 14 of them to come it’s an opportunity for them to play some trials and also promote the program.
“Moree are hosts this year.
“They might have it for two years and then it might go somewhere else for two years.
“The seed has been planted and it can grow.”
The inaugural event was badly hit by the wet weather.
Two teams pulled out at the last minute and the Armidale Rams had to go the long way after flooding blocked their route, but the players that were there didn’t seem to mind the damp as they slipped and slid around the Boughton Oval fields.
The Boomies were far too good for Narrabri in the first game and that set the standard for the rest of the day.
The Blues hit back by beating an understrength Armidale, while the Moree Boars were the other local side in the mix.
But the Rangs were unstoppable.
After rolling Walgett in the semis they took out the final against Lismore side Northern United to secure the Domestic Violence Cup.