Castlereagh League 2017: Gilgandra Panthers ease past Gulgong, sets up bumper clash with Coonabarabran

STOPPED: Gulgong front rower Sam Lemon is met by Gilgandra's Ash Hazelton (left) and James Dougan (right). Photo: STEPHEN BASHAM
STOPPED: Gulgong front rower Sam Lemon is met by Gilgandra's Ash Hazelton (left) and James Dougan (right). Photo: STEPHEN BASHAM

The Boronia Cup remains in Gilgandra after the Panthers registered a strong 42-10 win over Gulgong in the match of the day in round six of the Christie and Hood Castlereagh League.

The Terriers faithful may have had some cause for hope as their side went to the sheds trailing just 16-6 at the break but that hope soon evaporated as two tries to the home side within six minutes of the second stanza starting killed off any thoughts of a revival.

In the end the Panthers raced in eight tries to Gulgong’s two which was probably a fair summation of the two sides.

Gilgandra will now be suiting up for another Boronia Cup Challenge game this Saturday against the in-form Coonabarabran Unicorns at McGrane Oval in a top of the table clash between the two arch rivals

The Unicorns are capable of racking up the points, as evidenced by the 58 scored against the Trangie Magpies last Saturday, but they are also capable of defensive lapses as well, again shown by the fact Trangie scored 34 in that game.

There is no love lost between the Panthers and the Unicorns and a huge crowd is expected to pack Gilgandra’s home ground next Saturday.

While that clash is expected to be tight, there is every chance the team that is more defensively orientated will win out on the day

The weekend’s remaining game saw the Coolah Kangaroos again being competitive and showing that they are capable of scoring points.

But once again it wasn’t enough as the Kangaroos were beaten by the Dunedoo Swans, 38-22.