Ripping day of rugby union at Northparkes for the Parkes Boars

DOMINANT FORCE: Paulini Lawanikula has been a wrecking ball all season for the Parkes Boars. The Ladies have shown fantastic development throughout the course of the season. Photo: Allan Ryan.
DOMINANT FORCE: Paulini Lawanikula has been a wrecking ball all season for the Parkes Boars. The Ladies have shown fantastic development throughout the course of the season. Photo: Allan Ryan.

Last Saturday saw the last round of the regular season for the Parkes Boars with the Ladies side taking on Wellington, with second and first grade following with matches against Narromine.

The ladies recorded a huge win in their last game for the year, while second grade, having already secured a grand final spot, went down in a close one.

Against the tough Wellington team, the ladies were keen to finish off the season with a win.

The side showed a new level of confidence, taking the ball over the line in the first phase of play.

Jordan Gaffney led from the front, using her strength to palm and attack while urging her forward pack to pressure the line.

Captain and fly-half Cailyn Westcott called the shots on the field and kept the focus on a big finish for her side.

Shortly into the second quarter there was a season ending injury to flanker Bianca Hinton, which brought the game to a halt as she was cared for. The team wish Bianca a strong recovery and hope she continues to be a part of our rugby family.

The ladies regathered and continued to attack the Wellington line. Kimeaka Birmingham was on fire taking the ball over the line several time and her kicking was on point - she continues to show high skill level across all areas of the game.

Claire Barber used her speed to open the game making the Wellington side work hard for every ball. Paulini Lawanikula was strong in both attack and defence and when she combined with Erica Stevenson Wellington had no answer.

Although the ladies would have like to be in the finals, coach Mitch Westcott was full of praise for his fledgling team - for some of the players this is the first time they have played any competitive sport!

At speeches following the game, Mitch was presented with a token of the ladies appreciation for his dedication to the team and the development of the game for women in Parkes.

Final score: Parkes 43 defeated Wellington 10.

Parkes Boars Ladies Best and Fairest points

  • 3 points: Kimeaka Birmingham
  • 2 points: Lara Downing
  • 1 point: Claire Barber
  • Players player: Kimeaka Birmingham

For second grade, their game against Narromine was a practice match for the grand final giving them an opportunity to finesse set moves and set those combinations.

The first half was a strong arm tussle between the two teams with neither giving the other any opportunities.

Sam Davis stepped into the kicking role and his practice paid off when he kicked a penalty goal with just five minutes until half time. Just as the referee raised his whistle to blow for half time, Dylan Phillips executed a sneaky kick and sprinted 35 metres down the sideline to ground the ball next to the posts with Sam adding the extras.

After half time Narromine responded strongly, winning a line-out with a return kick to the 22 metre line. Despite the defensive work of Morgan Powter and Matt Clarke, Narromine was able to cross next to the posts and convert successfully.

Jarrod Westcott urged his team to steady while Narromine attacked and Parkes went into defensive mode. Several scoring opportunities were saved by Parkes holding up the ball over the line and with some big clearing kicks.

The game ebbed and flowed around the half way line until with five minutes to go, on the back of a scrum set on the 10 metre mark, Narromine found a gap in the maul and squeezed through the defence to score through prop Brydon McManus. Brian Wheeler added the extras and Narromine took the lead, with the game ending soon after at 14-10.

Parkes Boars second grade Best and Fairest points

  • 3 points: McKenzie Green
  • 2 points: Epi Sadrodro
  • 1 point: Jarrod Westcott
  • Players player: McKenzie Green