PLAYING in the Western Rams senior representative trials at Gilgandra last Saturday the Bendigo Bank Castlereagh League (BBCL) league tag and rugby league teams acquitted themselves admirably.
In front of a very good crowd the opening fixture saw the league tag team play out a thrilling 12-all draw with Woodbridge Cup and was unlucky not to advance to the final after Woodbridge was awarded the game as it scored the first try of the game.
This then meant that the girls had to line up against Group 11 and again, despite being in only their second year of playing the game, they excelled before going down 14-10 in another tight game.
The Castlereagh rugby league team played in the final match of the day, and it simply was way too strong for the Woodbridge Cup team, racking up a point a minute in the first half to lead 40-0 at the break, before just going through the motions in the second stanza to register a 54-8 victory.
The Western Rams teams will be named on Wednesday with a number of Castlereagh players in line for selection after putting in strong displays.
Round three of the BBCL competition was played on Sunday with a number of players backing up from the representative games the previous day, that being particularly so in the match of the round at Gilgandra which was a replay of last year's grand final featuring the home town Panthers and the Gulgong Terriers.
This could well be a game that will come back and haunt the Panthers who squandered a 24-10 lead at half-time before turning in a lacklustre and unimaginative display in the second half to go down 32-30.
Four second-half tries to Gulgong centre Brendan Carter, three of them in a six-minute blitz between the 66th and 73rd minutes of the game, sealed the fate of the home side.
Despite an intense and exciting final few minutes the Panthers could not regain the lead and the Terriers got the points.
At Warren the visiting Dunedoo Swans were able to register their first competition point for the year when they played out an exciting and hard-fought 18-all draw with the Bulldogs.
The Swannies were able to snatch the draw with a last-gasp try in the corner and a great sideline conversion by Lane, after Warren had held a solid 10-0 lead at half-time.
In other games Coonabarabran clocked up its first win with a 66-16 victory over Trangie, while Coolah could not go on with it in the second half of its match against Coonamble.
After trailing by only 16-10 at half-time, in the end Coolah was beaten comfortably as Coonamble took out the game 58-14.