MOREE Boomerangs celebrated a Group 19 minor premiership with their 48-30 top-of-the-table win over Glen Innes Magpies on Saturday.
However, the Chris Binge-coached Boomerangs can ill afford to relax after the injury-stricken Magpies, who had 15 players unavailable for Saturday’s match, staged a valiant rear-guard effort.
While Dillon Walford was electric again scoring two tries and Jason Saunders crossed for three, coach Binge said his side cannot take it easy.
“Glen turned up but didn’t have a full team, they’d already forfeited reserve grade, ” Binge said.
“It was a credit to them they did play and went the full 80 minutes. While we were never in trouble and played some good football, at stages they also played some good football too.
“We consolidated our half time lead (26-10) after half time. They did score some soft tries but I was pretty happy with that win.
“It was all we were after and I’d think Glen would be happy with their performance too.
“They gave it a good crack. They’ll go home and reassess.
“But the main thing is we’ve got the minor premiership and have a home major semi.”
He was also delighted with the form of fullback Dillon Walford, who crossed for two tries.
“He’s been a great find for the club,” he said.
“He played with Wee Waa last year and moved here this year. His partner’s family are from Moree.”
Madison Smith had another strong game at prop, Mundarra Weldon and Luke Raveneau also starred in the second row.
“Our six and seven also steered the side around really well too.”
Glen Innes captain-coach Sam Key said the injury crisis wasn’t as bad as it was being painted.
While there were 15 out “we had players away at the Brisbane Show and a few niggling injuries”.
“It was disappointing that we couldn’t get the numbers but all in all to go out there, finish the game with 12 and only get beaten by 18 was pretty good.
“I think that might have helped us turn the corner. It was a game we needed to re-energise everyone for the run in to the semis.”
He thought backrower, Jock Waters, who scored two tries and kicked three goals was outstanding.
“Everytime he touched the ball he left a wake of Boomies behind him. He was awesome,” Key said.
“But we should be right this week and have everybody back on deck for a big game against Armidale at home.
“They’ll be tough after their big win (56-24 over Moree Boars). It’s a bit of redemption for us too. They beat us by a point last time.”
Rams president Terry Carson is looking forward to Sunday’s clash too.
“It’s going to be a big game up there,” Carson said.
“Second spot is still open if we can knock them off.”