The first Gungie Origin match of 2017 was played on Sunday at Kennard Park and already it is delivering the kind of friendly rivalry and outcomes it was designed for.
The league tag series is played by the Westhaven Maroons, a team made up of Westhaven clients and the Gungie Blues, which is made up of people in the Wellington community, including local police.
The overall winner of the three games between the Westhaven Maroons and the Gungie Blues will take home the coveted Gungie Cup, something which has been played for since 2014..
The game was played as a curtain-raiser to the Group 11 clash between the Wellington Cowboys and Nyngan Tigers and there was a healthy crowd on hand to watch.
After a tight tussle, the final score was 5-4 in the favour of the Blues.
Mason Anderson, a Westhaven Maroons player who has been involved in the tournament for a number of years now, was thrilled the series had returned. over the years, and said he was thrilled to play again.
“It’s the third time I’ve played. It’s good to be back out.”
Despite the loss, Anderson was confident the Maroons would reply next time the two sides do battle.
“We’ll come back. Maybe we’ll have a training session and a meeting. We’ll be ready,” he said.
Anderson also added the best aspect of the Gungie Origin program is the relationships participants build with members of the community.
“We make a lot of friends and bond,” he said.
The Gungie Origin has been running since 2014 as a way to promote inclusion and positive team spirit within the area.
The Wellington Cowboys went down by four points in the day’s main event. Cowboys captain-coach Aidan Ryan confessed injuries and ill-discipline cost his side.
“We were down to one man on the bench for most of the second half. That really made things hard,” he said.