TRUNDLE was the place to be on the weekend when the Cargo Blue Heelers took on Trundle Boomers in the Woodbridge Cup qualifying final.
A big crowd was on hand in anticipation of a good game and they were not disappointed.
Trundle started at a hectic pace, five-eighth Nik Harris crossing the line and Damien Fairley converting for an early 6-0 advantage.
Camped in Cargo’s territory on a glut of possession, they extended the lead to 12 through Brent Jenkins’ try and another Fairley goal.
The weight of possession soon changed and Cargo crossed via Duncan Young to bring the score back to 12-6.
From the restart Cargo threw the ball across the backline for Dan Madden to reduce the lead to two, as Cargo started to take control of proceedings.
The Blue Heelers’ big forwards started making in-roads into the Trundle defensive line.
Veteran winger Nigel Thornberry, in a rare appearance, scored soon after, and Young’s conversion saw the Heelers out to 16-12 advantage.
Nearing the break Adam Clunes darted over from close range, with Young again adding the extras for a 22-12 scoreline at the interval.
When play restarted Cargo immediately went on the attack, with Clunes scoring his second try.
Five minutes later Trundle prop Simon Porter spent a spell in the sin bin for swearing.
But his side managed to hit back through a Brendan McAneney try, leaving the margin at 28-16 with half an hour still on the clock.
But Cargo’s attack was firing on all cylinders, and they raced in two tries to Wil Read and Steve Maere, with both conversions restoring their sizeable lead 40-16.
The Boomers scored a late try to Blake Ritchies, but it amounted to little, as the Heelers prevailed 40-22 to advance to this weekend’s major semi-final at Cargo against minor premiers Eugowra Golden Eagles.
Cargo’s forwards paved the way for the win, second-rowers Young and McGregor were outstanding, and when Kaleb Weeks entered the fray his big runs and bone-jarring defence caused the Boomers a lot of trouble.
Nik Harris and the Porter boys Simon and Ryan were Trundle’s best.
Trundle will now head to Grenfell to play Peak Hill in the minor semi-final.
On Saturday at Peak Hill the Roosters played Canowindra Tigers in the elimination semi-final, coming away with a 48-20 win after they led 22-16 at the break.
The Roosters ran riot in the second period, scoring 26 points to Canowindra’s four.
In youth league Eugowra ended Grenfell’s season 34-10, while Canowindra downed Condobolin 30-18 to advance to the major semi-final to play Peak Hill; while Condobolin will meet Eugowra in the minor semi-final.
In league tag Molong have bowed out after going down 36-8 to Eugowra, while Canowindra advance to the major semi-final to take on Condobolin, who defeated Grenfell 6-4.
Grenfell will play Eugowra in the minor semi-final.