The Gulgong Terriers are now in possession of the Boronia Cup after defeating the Binnaway Bombshells at The Crater on Saturday.
While the win saw the Terriers claim the silverware, they claimed the much sought-after two competition points as well.
In climatic conditions described as “abysmal”, the Terriers took a hard fought game 24-12, scoring five tries to two.
The win strengthens Gulgong’s push towards minor premiership honours and maintains the club’s four point buffer over the second placed Gilgandra Panthers.
The Panthers racked up a sizeable win over the Baradine Magpies at Baradine with livewire centre Josh Nixonscoring five tries in a 62-16 demolition against a courageous, but outgunned Magpie outfit.
It was not a good weekend for home teams with the Cobar Roosters tasting defeating at the hands of the Coonamble Bears, the score being 22-18.
Both those sides now sit on 12 points, four off the top four. With two thirds of the competition games now having been played both the Bears and the Roosters will have their work cut out for them to secure a semi final berth.
That is not to say that it can’t happen as the 2018 Christie and Hood Castlereagh competition is a very even one indeed, and any team is capable of beating any other team, however the Roosters in particular will be ruing missing out on the two competition points by such a narrow margin.
Their game at Trangie on Saturday now takes on greater significance. In their remaining six games the Roosters will play four of the five sides currently sitting above them, so every game will be vital.
Other games this weekend sees Gulgong host Baradine in their first Boronia Cup defence while the Coonamble Bears will be desperate to build on their win when they host Dunedoo in a game which could have plenty of influence on the final four.
On the Youth League scene it will be one versus two when the Coonabarabran Unicorns host the Gilgandra Panthers.
The Unicorns have swept all before them so far this season and certainly shape as the team to beat. However, the Panther cubs having been showing good form of late and are capable of an upset.
The League Tag match of the round will be played out at Coonamble with the Bearettes and the Dunedoo Swannettes squaring off. Currently both teams share second with 18 points, behind Cobar.
A loss could see either side potentially drop to fifth.