28 August, 2020
Reds and Greys in thrilling Rugby League draw
RUGBY LEAGUE fever was reignited in the Central West on Saturday when the Western Reds and Eastern Greys fought out a 16-all draw.
Held at the
Longreach Showgrounds with a 6pm kick-off, the match attracted a big crowd of
supporters, the Western Reds comprising players from Winton, Longreach and
Ilfracombe, while the Eastern Greys featured men from Barcaldine, Blackall and
The Reds led 10-6 at the end of the second quarter. Both teams were very evenly matched and a centre field scuffle in the second half ensured the game would be hard fought throughout, with the draw being a fitting result.
Western Reds’ centre, Kade Banset, and replacement Adam Hughes, each scored one try, while second-rower, Carlin Ellis, picked up eight points for his team (one try and two goals).
Eastern Grey’s half-back, Jake Richardson, was the standout for his team, scoring two tries. Winger James Moller scored once and five-eighth, Reece Zahl, landed two goals.
President of Central West Rugby League, David Kerrigan, said the two remaining games would provide much-needed support for football.
“Our main aim was to have a community event where everyone could be happy and watch local footy again,” Mr Kerrigan said. “It’s also great for our juniors because it gives them something to do during Covid-19.
“Everyone’s been working together and we’re excited to have returned.
“Teams will be playing for the White Ribbon Shield which aims to raise awareness for domestic violence across the Central West. With the way the first game went, the others are sure to be tight.”
Mr Kerrigan thanked all involved for their commitment to bringing “footy spirit back into the region”, praising Western Reds coach, Gavin Groves, for his ongoing engagement with the committee.
“Gavin suggested the Reds versus Greys concept and everyone loved the idea when it was pitched a few years ago,” Mr Kerrigan said. “He’s played a lot of rugby league over the years for the Ilfracombe Scorpions and across the Central West.
“The games provide an opportunity for social interaction during these tough times and we’re more than happy with the support and effort everyone has given.
“It’s great to bring the footy spirit back into the region and we’re looking forward to continuing this concept in 2021. Whether it’s Winton or Longreach, we need to remember we’re all a part of the Central West and come together.”
Game Two will be played at the Ilfracombe Rec Centre on September 5.