Parks Rugby Union

This Saturday finals football returns to Parkes with the Boars hosting the preliminary final of the inaugural New Holland Agriculture Cup.

In what will be a huge day up at North Parkes Oval, the Boars will be hosting a full day of Rugby with a spot in next week’s grand final on the line.

The day will be kicking off with Parkes u15s playing against the Mudgee Wombats at 11.30am. They will be raring to go after coming off a bye last weekend and a tight win against Forbes the weekend before. Sitting just outside the top four all the players will be looking for a big performance to secure a vital win.

Following the juniors action we dive start into the Finals, with the Westfund Ferguson Women’s ladder leaders West Wyalong taking on the second place CSU. Both these teams have proven this year they can score plenty of points and it promises to be a cracking display of running rugby.

This game sees the competition’s leading point scorer Sharnah Stevens of West Wyalong coming up against CSU’s Claire Woolmington who was voted the player of the year. The battle between these two players will be more than worth the $5 gate fee and there will be no lack of enterprising play.

The men’s second grade fixture will be kicking off from 1.40pm and will be fought out between Narromine Gorillas and the Mudgee Wombats.

The Gorillas will be looking to bounce back after finishing the regular season in first place, but getting beaten at the death last weekend by Blayney who advanced through to the Grand Final. Mudgee fought tooth and nail last weekend to defeat a determined CSU side who bowed out of 2018 with their heads held high.

The Canteen and Bar will be in full swing so come along and see our volunteers and get yourself a nice cold beverage or something from the BBQ for lunch before the main game, with the Boars taking to the field at 3.15pm. Everyone is encourage to get their Boars colours on and throw their support behind the boys.

Supporters Jumpers will be available from the Canteen if you can’t find one or you are looking to get your hands on a more recent one. Our Sub-Juniors, the future Boars, will lead our 1st grade side out onto NorthParkes Oval for the main game against CSU.

After a hugely physical game last weekend against Narromine, the Boars are glad to be back home and have had a big week at training, fine tuning their play under coach Joshua Miles. The return this week of the Boars NSW Country Cockatoos representative, Dan Ryan will add another level of direction to the Boars pack.

He, along with one of Parkes’ best last week Rusi Lawanikula, will be pivotal to the forwards aiming up and putting on a dominate performance. The bench will be crucial to the Boars as they will look for a boost from the likes of young guns Jonah Ruzgas, Jarrod Westcott, James Sellings and Ben Rathbone.  

Ben Powlay also returns from injury this weekend and will look to rekindle the connection he and Fly Half Lloyd Rogers shared throughout the year. Joe Nash will push to the wing to allow Dyllan Phillips to take back the fullbacks jumper after being unavailable last weekend.

Parkes Boars First Grade 3.15pm: 1 Jason Lowe, 2 Rory Nock, 3 Joshua Cornelissen-Birch, 4 Toby Baigent, 5 Campbell Earsman, 6 Rusi Lawanikula, 7 Dan Ryan, 8 Ben Ryan, 9 Joshua Miles, 10 Lloyd Rogers, 11 Joe Nash, 12 Himah Alu, 13 Ben Powlay, 14 Josh Van Der Stok, 15 Dyllan Phillips, 16 Dylan Hood, 17 Jonah Ruzgas, 18 Scott Chislett, 19 Ben Rathbone, 20 Jarrod Westcott, 21 Keiren Mattocks, 22 James Sellings, 23 Sam Davis.

​Full story on Saturday’s New Holland Agriculture Cup major semi-final between the Parkes Boars and Narromine Gorillas at Narromine appeared in Tuesday’s edition and is on our website www.parkeschampionpost.com.au.