The Parkes Boars second grade side suffered a thrilling one point loss to the Narromine Gorillas on Saturday afternoon while the Ladies side were able to secure a tough fought four point win.
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The Ladies travelled to Wellington last Saturday and despite a hard game where neither side was prepared to give in, the Boars take the match 26-22.
Kimeaka Bermingham was in exceptional form putting 11 points on the board for Parkes while Erica Stevenson, Pauline Lawanikula and Ellie Russell also crossed the line.
Coach Mitch Westcott was proud of the way the team dug in and supported each other to fend off a tough opposition.
"Each week the team improves with set plays working well. Our tackling is stronger and our fitness much better.
"We will be challenged again in Mudgee this Saturday but we are more than up to the challenge," said Westcott.
The Second Grade travelled to Narromine to take on the Gorillas under dark, gloomy skies at Cale Park.
Despite the weather, the field was in great condition with a flashy new score board reminding us all when a goal was kicked or a try scored.
Narromine took the first points with a Brian Wheeler penalty goal, though Parkes responded just 10 minutes later when Mitch Hutchins returned the favour taking the score to 3-all.
Narromine scored the first try with a well-executed chip and chase putting Wheeler over the line on the wing. The conversion was missed, taking the score to 3-8.
The Boars lifted under the encouragement of Rory Nock and Jarrod Westcott, while Nick Westcott was ferocious in defence.
After a long phase of play, Hutchins again found himself with the ball, pushing through the Narromine defence to ground the ball next to the posts before converting his own try, giving the Boars a 10-8 lead.
Narromine was gifted a scoring opportunity when a forward pass gave Wheeler the ball 12 metres out and he made no mistake, with the score going to 10-11.
The Boars lifted, using the interchange bench to freshen the legs.
Hutchins struck again, using his leg strength to push across the defence to plant the ball under the posts. He converted again to give the Boars a 6 point lead with just 20 minutes to go.
Narromine continued to put the Boars on the back foot, with the ball changing hands through repeated mauls and rucks.
The defence managed to hold firm before Mitch Hutchins finally managed to clear the ball with a booming kick.
With just minutes to go however, Narromine's Bruce Ryan found a gap to ground the ball on the line. Wheeler converted Narromine had the lead 17-18.
It was too late for Parkes to mount a comeback, with Narromine taking the match by a single point in a thriller.
The seconds will travel to Mudgee next Saturday to take on the Wombats for their 'Back to the Burrow' day. Be sure to reserve tickets online if you want to attend.
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