GROUP 4 SECOND DIVISION
It’s the astute coaching decision that keeps on giving.
Bendemeer mentor Paul Craig’s positional switch of the two main members of his spine, Adam Ruttley and Harlee Millgate, has continued to reward the Mountain Men, after they made light work Dungowan in a 66-6 win at Tamworth Rugby Park on Friday night.
Ruttley and Millgate, ably supported by Millgate’s brother, five-eighth Dwight, were surgical in their slicing up the Cowboys’ defence.
Bendemeer 66 (A Ruttley 4, J Morris 2, H Millgate, R Rolls, I Reid, R Sharpley, T Knox, P Chatfield tries; Millgate 9 goals) d Dungowan 6 (C Little try; B Morgan goal)
Kootingal 19 d Bundarra 18
Barraba 36 d Walcha 8
Boggabri 40 d Werris Creek 14
Uralla 108 d Bingara 1
Ladies League Tag
Bendemeer 20 d Dungowan 12
Werris Creek 14 d Boggabri 6
Kootingal 28 d Bundarra 0
Walcha 26 d Barraba 0
GROUP 4 FIRST DIVISION
Gunnedah celebrated Ladies Day with an 80-nil walloping of Collegian Warriors.
Matt Brady opened the scoring for the Bulldogs in the seventh minute and produced a masterclass as the home side piled on the points.
AFL NORTH WEST
The Swans produced what their 199-gamer Damien Wendt described as “easily” their best performance of the year in a three-goal loss to Moree at No.1 Oval on Saturday.
The final score was 12.10-82 to 15.10-100.
Tamworth never led during the match, with them left ruing a slow start that allowed the Suns to establish a 27-point led at the end of the first quarter as the visitors’ little man caused havoc in front of goal.
In Inverell, the Saints edged the Kangaroos 13.10-88 to 13.7-85.
CENTRAL NORTH RUGBY
Doubles to Dom Bower and Ed Cordingley helped Walcha secure a 53-24 win over Gunnedah in their Tier 1 clash at Gunnedah.
The Red Devils couldn’t counter to the Rams’ speed and class as they converted a 12 point half-time lead into their 10th win of the season.
Moree defeated Scone 39-13 in the other Tier 1 fixture, while in Tier 2 action Quirindi toweled up Barraba 41-19 and Narrabri edged out Inverell 14-12.
NEW ENGLAND RUGBY UNION
1st Grade: St Alberts College 26 defeated Armidale Blues 23, Robb College 14 defeated Barbarians 5
2nd Grade: Barbarians 19 defeated Robb College 11, St Alberts College 32 defeated Armidale Blues 23
3rd Grade: Armidale Blues 27 defeated St Alberts College 21, Robb College 11 defeated Barbarians 10
Womens 7's: Barbets 24 defeated Robb College 7's 12, Barbets 19 defeated Robb College 7's 0, Armidale Blues 7's won both games by forfeit from St Alberts College 7's
NORTHERN INLAND PREMIER LEAGUE
Norths United defeated East Armidale 5-4 in the only first grade match played after the other three were washed out.
Norths also got up in second grade 4-nil.
STATE LEAGUE BASKETBALL
The Tamworth Thunderbolts Men notched their 15th win with an 86-47 thrashing of the Springwood Scorchers at the Tamworth Sports Dome on Saturday night.
After a steady start the Bolts put the foot down in the second quarter, turning a 19-3 lead into a 44-18 advantage at half-time.
Chris Skilton top-scored with 21 points while Kyle Gupton registered 16 and Rhys Chillingworth 14.