If anyone thought the Western Community Cup would be a runover for the Barbarians or CSU Mungoes, fresh off New Era Cup grand final appearances and taking on reformed minnows in Carcoar and Burrengong, they were mistaken.
Both sides, the former reforming for the first time in 18 years, took to the field at Spring Hill on Saturday and proved rugby league is still alive and kicking in between the major towns of the Central West.
After a 6-all draw between the Barbarians and Mungoes, the Crows shocked the Barbarians with an 8-nil win, with a group of old Carcoar players donning the jumper again alongside talent out of Blayney.
Carcoar wasn't done yet - not by a long shot.
The Crows stunned the Mungoes 22-12 before the the Burrangong Bears went down 22-nil to the New Era Cup premiers and then 34-12 to the Barbarians.
Burrangong and Carcoar - the Bears and the Blues - showed bush football at its best - enthusiasm, determination and resilience - and they will be a welcome addition to any competition they are accepted into, with a solid crowd at Spring Hill.
Meanwhile in the league tag competition, Barbarians won the first game of the day against Burrangong 22-12, then CSU defeated Burrangong 22-0, before New Era Cup clubs CSU and Barbies finished the league tag with a 6-all draw.
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