Werris Creek coach Ron Dellar knows enough about football and life to fully appreciate the entrance of good fortune.
That’s what happened in the off-season, when the four Millgate brothers – Harlee, Dwight, Cohal and Isaah – arrived at the club after leaving Bendemeer.
No.1 Harlee, No.6 Dwight and No.3 Isaah were key contributors in the Magpies’ thrilling 44-36 defeat of the Cowboys at Dungowan on Saturday, while Cohal came off the bench.
Werris Creek 44 (D Millgate 2, H Millgate, I Millgate, T Brown, J Walford, C Tickle, J Bailey tries; S Berry 6 goals) d Dungowan 36 (J Rumsby 3, E Collins, C Manicaros, M Wilson, L Collins tries; J Crittenden 4 goals)
AFL NORTH WEST
Inverell 31.15-201 def New England 5.8-38.
Narrabri 20.14-134 def Moree 13.11-89.
Moree has ended Pirates’ run of 31 consecutive victories with a 43-38 home win.
On the eve of the match, Pirates coach Mat Kelly had bemoaned the spat of player losses, most through injury, that had hit the side.
In other games, Narrabri burst out of the blokes against Gunnedah to set up a 38-29 win, Walcha 50 def Inverell 15 and Barraba 34 def Quirindi 26.
After leading 20-13 with five minutes to go, Tamworth had to settle for a draw against Barbarians in Armidale with the home side scoring a converted try after full-time.
Barbarians also won second grade (18-15) and the two women’s games (12-10 and 12-nil) but the Magpies got up in third grade 22-5.
The NSW Country Cockatoos side featuring Pirates’ Andrew Collins and Walcha’s Ed Cordingley, who was promoted from the bench to start on the wing, were beaten 20-12 by the Queensland Country Heelers in their Border Cup clash in Goondiwindi.
The Country Colts side containing Narrabri’s Will Morley were pipped by their Queensland rivals 21-19.
McCarthy’s Doughal O’Reilly and Farrer’s Hagan Size have meanwhile been selected in the NSW Schools 2’s side to play at the ASRU Championships at St Ignatius College, Riverview from July 8-14.
The final trials to decide the two NSW sides were held in Sydney on Friday. Size played for Combined High Schools and O’Reilly Combined Catholic Colleges.
Northern Inland Premier League
A goalkeeping errors just before halftime gifted Demon Knights the first goal of their home clash against Oxley Vale Attunga and was an entree to a DK second-half goal fest.
Fouth-placed DK won 5-1 to record their fifth win of the season while consigning second-placed OVA to their third loss.
In other matches, Tamworth FC beat North Companions 1-0 and East Armidale crushed South Armidale 8-0.
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