Cargo first into the Woodbridge Cup grand final

THE second week of the Woodbridge Cup semi-finals had supporters on their feet.  

In the first grade major semi-final at Eugowra, the hosts made an early mistake, allowing Cargo captain-coach Dan Madden to score after three minutes.

Eugowra domainted possession, but the Heelers defence was rock solid, repelling several Eagles sets before Eugowra finally crossed for a good try to centre Luke Barnes, converted by Todd Jayet.

When Cargo finally had some good possession, they were rewarded with a Luke Wilson try and Brett Morgan coversion to take the lead 10-6.

Morgan kicked a penalty goal on half-time for Cargo to go into the break leading 12-6.

Eugowra came out and attacked from the restart, pressuring Cargo’s defence, forcing the Heelers to take at least three restarts from under their posts.

Cargo were able to hold them out and then showed what they can with the ball in hand with fullback Steve Maere and prop Caleb Weekes both scoring for the Heelers to extend their lead to 20-6.

Eugowra continued to pressure the Cargo line and grabbed a consolation try as the full-time siren sounded, with Jared Wycamp scoring and Jayet converting for the 20-12 scorline.

Cargo earned a spot in the grand final in Grenfell, while Eugowra have to tackle Canowindra in the final after the Tigers toppled Peak Hill 32-10.

In the minor semi-final, it was 6-all after 15 minutes before Canowindra started to exert their dominance.

The Tigers raced in two converted tries in 10 minutes to 18-6.

A successful penalty goal as the half-time siren went gave them a 20-6 lead at the break.

The Roosters started the second half well, matching the Tigers in all departments, but they did not look anywhere near the side that won last week as the passes were not sticking.

Tigers’ lead went out to 26-10 when Jaden Brown scored and Matt McLean converted.

The Roosters’ final points came from Nathan Ryan who crossed in the 65th minute.

Peak Hill’s discipline then let them down, giving penalties away in their own half, which allowed McLean to kick three penalty goals for the final score 32–10.  

There were two great games in Youth League. 

In  the elimination final, Canowindra downed an enthusiastic Eugowra Eagles 18-14.  In the major semi-final, Grenfell cause a big upset beating minor premiers Peak Hill Roosters 22-20.

Eugowra kept its League season alive, beating Grenfell 10-6 in the elimination semi-final.

Condobolin moved into the grand final on the back of a 18-12 major semi-final win over Canowindra.

In this Sunday’s finals at Cargo, Eugowra tackle Canowindra in first grade, Peak Hill does battle with Canowindra in Youth League, and Canowindra and Eugowra fight it out in League Tag.

Cargo (first grade), Grenfell (Youth League) and Condobolin (League Tag) have all advanced to the grand finals to be held at Grenfell on September 7.

The Woodbridge Cup Presentation Night is on this Friday at the Canowindra Services Club.


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