Group 4 Second Division
Barraba announced themselves as a genuine premiership threat by beating up the competition-leading Roosters in Kootingal on Saturday. The Bulldogs produced a dynamic first half performance marked by a five-try haul by fullback Jeremy York, before the match was called off due to a crowd disturbance late in the second half.
The Bulldogs led 34-12 at halftime, with both sides scoring two tries in the second half as the third-placed visitors won 44-24.
In other matches, Werris Creek made it two wins on the trot by flogging Dungowan 62-22 at home, Bendemeer maintained their impressive form with a 38-16 defeat of Walcha and Boggabri won on forfeit to Bingara. Bundarra and Manilla meet tomorrow at Bundarra.
In Ladies League Tag action, Kootingal-Moonbi trounced Barraba 26-0, Dungowan edged Werris Creek 8-6 and Walcha downed Bendemeer 16-0.
Northern Inland Premier League
Oxley Vale Attunga won the battle of the competition leaders after beating Norths United 2-1 in a physical encounter in Armidale.
It was a goalless first half, with the Mushies breaking the deadlock with a strong team effort that started at right fullback and was finished off by striker Will Menz drifting across goal and finding the net with a left-foot shot.
In the other matches, which were all played in Armidale as well, North Companions defeated Demon Knights 2-1, East Armidale hammered Joeys FC 7-0 and Tamworth FC thumped South Armidale 5-0.
North West AFL
The Gunnedah Bulldogs have run away with a big win over the Tamworth Kangaroos in a high-scoring affair at Tamworth on Saturday.
The Bulldogs shot straight on their way to a 22.14 (146) to 12.10 (88) victory and remain on top of the ladder alongside the Nomads.
Central North Rugby Union
Two brilliant patches of play have ensured Pirates’ unbeaten start to the Central North Rugby Union season continues.
The Tamworth outfit beat Gunnedah 55-12 at Ken Chillingworth Oval on Saturday with Pirates doing the majority of their scoring in two scintillating periods.
An 18-minute blitz produced 22 points for Tamworth in the first half followed by three tries in five minutes late in the second.
In other matches, Moree trounced Quirindi 71-15, Barraba won 29-12 over Tamworth Magpies, Walcha edged out Scone 37-31 and Inverell beat Narrabri 52-44 in a high-scoring affair.
Second grade: Moree RUFC 28 def Quirindi RUFC 0, Barraba RUFC 0 def by Tamworth RUFC 28, Scone RUFC 52 def Walcha RUFC 5, Pirates RUFC 52 def Gunnedah RUFC 22, Inverell RUFC 26 def Narrabri RUFC 21
Under 17s: Farrer 28 def Tamworth RUFC 0 Forfeit, Pirates RUFC 34 def Narrabri RUFC 19
Under 19s: Farrer 28 def Tamworth RUFC 0 Forfeit, Pirates RUFC 28 def Narrabri RUFC 0 Forfeit
More scores to be updated tomorrow.