GOONDIWINDI could be the surprise packet in Group 19 after it convincingly upset Armidale on Saturday 44-18 at Gilbert Oval.
In sweltering heat, Gundy ran rampant in its first game ever in the Group.
Armidale was first to cross the line, although the Boars responded with a try of their own with Daryl Ellis going in the corner.
The game stayed at 6-6 for most of the first half before Gundy put a few late tries on before the break.
Gundy was first to score after halftime and never looked back, running away with the game.
President Peter Rice was very happy to be one from one in the new competition.
“We had a fair crowd here,a good game and a good win,” Rice said.
“There was a bit of dropped ball both ways and we still have a lot of work to do though.”
Front-rower and captain- coach Callum Skinner was best on field along with his fellow prop Sililo Stavenow.
Halfback Ellis had a great game, finishing with three tries, while former back rower Ronnie David scored a double in the centres.
The Boars will have their first away trip after Easter when they tackle Tingha.
“We would like to think we will be competitive after that win,” Rice said.
“Tingha will let us know where we stand.”
At Tingha, the Uralla Tigers convincingly won the league tag and U18s, but were trounced in the two men’s grades.
Alex Walker scored three tries and Guy Mepham two in the high-scoring 46-28 win.
John Krauss was handy with the boot as well, kicking seven out of his eight conversion attempts.
Aaron Gordon scored two for the Tigers, with Barry Vale, Fred Campbell and Zac Brown getting the others.
The Boomerangs convincingly beat Inverell at Varley Oval on Saturday 60-18.
It was both sides’ first games of the season and the premiers picked up where they left off last year.
Dillon Walford had a blinder at fullback as the Rangs used their forwards to march down the park before slinging it wide for points.
Moree Boars notched their first win of the season yesterday, thumping Ashford 52-18.
Following some turmoil at Ashford, seven players, including captain-coach Tony Gleeson, quit the club in the leadup to the game.
Moree coach Wayne “Cowboy” Hetherington said his side played an almost mistake-free first half.
“We were up 24-0 at one stage and scoring all over the park,” Hetherington said.
“I was very happy with the performance.”
Fullback Joey Henderson got the coach’s nod for best on field and also picked up “four or five tries”.
Forwards Ben Kennedy and Joey Lawton had the side going forward all day as it enjoyed the lion’s share of possession.
Following Easter, Armidale will host Inverell while Moree travels to Uralla.
Ashford will have its work cut out at Glen Innes, as Tingha hosts surprise packets Goondiwindi.