Mountain Men go close to upsetting frontrunners

BENDEMEER almost pulled off the upset of the season at home when they had the Roosters’ heads on the chopping block on Saturday.

LEFT: Ben Tongue leaves Lachlan Laurie behind him as he hits Walcha’s Jack Abraham in Dungowan’s win at home on Saturday. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 280614GOG09

LEFT: Ben Tongue leaves Lachlan Laurie behind him as he hits Walcha’s Jack Abraham in Dungowan’s win at home on Saturday. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 280614GOG09

A disallowed Bendy try and then two to the visitors in the final 10 allowed Kootingal to snare a 44-30 victory and keep their unbeaten season rolling on.

Mountain Men coach, Jake Reid, said it was one of their best performances yet.

“That was our best loss this year,” Reid said.

“We are doing some things right but just not backing them up with more right things.”

The Roosters didn’t like the miserable conditions and spent a lot of warm-up time in the sheds, trying to warm up.

Coach Nathan Hamlin said that the attitude wasn’t there following a week of bad preparation.

“It could just be a mid-year thing, I hope,” Hamlin said.

“We have got the bye next week so we might train away from the ground and do something fresh this week.”

Jeremy Moss was man of the match with three tries on the wing, including the winner. Kaidyn Saunders and Matt McCulloch were also solid for Kooty, while Rodney Rolls and Nathan Flynn were Bendy’s best.

In Dungowan an impressive 20-6 win over Walcha in miserable conditions has all but cemented the Cowboys a spot in the finals.

The Cowboys defended their line at home to complete three weeks of impressive wins.

They have beaten Werris Creek away, the premiers Barraba at home and now Walcha, at a very stormy and windy Dungowan Showground.

The most impressive was the win over Barraba last weekend although coach Luke Taylor was pleased to see Walcha off on Saturday at home.

“They are not doing that well but I think they can be a very good side,” Taylor said.

“I know that they can be very dangerous and I’m glad to get past them.”

Roos captain Troy Yarnold opened the scoring when he darted through the line after an opening spell of grinding football from both sides.

The Roos were hitting hard in the middle but couldn’t penetrate the Dungowan defence, going into the sheds up 6-4.

Dungowan half Matt Wilson took control of the game as the Cowboys pulled away in the second half with Beau Ryan punching through for a six-pointer on the whistle.

Former Walcha player Josh Steele scored a try in each half and was a constant attacking threat.

The Cowboys still sit two points behind leaders Kootingal on 18 points, with Barraba in third on 16 after they bounced back with a big 46-0 win over Boggy at home.

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