The Cobar Roosters Senior Rugby League Club recorded a trifecta of wins in Round 3 of the Christie and Hood Castlereagh League competition on Saturday.
Cobar sports fans were thrilled with a razzle-dazzle display of rugby league and league tag action at Tom Knight Memorial Oval as the Cobar Roosters club claimed wins in all three grades against visitors Binnaway.
After the Under 18s triumphed 18-10 and then the Roosterettes won their game 28-8, the Roosters First Graders felt the pressure to complete the trifecta.
It started out as a tit-for-tat game before the home side dominated in the second half to finish with an impressive 56-22 victory over Binnaway.
Halfback Jimmy Neyland opened the scoring for the Roosters with a runaway try early in Saturday’s match before Binnaway replied soon after with a long range converted try of their own to narrowly lead 6-4.
The Roosters took back the lead when playmaker Jack Govett broke through the Bombshells’ defence and passed off to winger Tyson Brilley who raced over to score.
Another try to Binnaway just before the break had them up again 12-8 and a quick try immediately after the restart pushed Binnaway’s lead out to 16-8.
A mistake on their defensive try line proved costly when Roosters Centre Nathan McAndrew powered over to score and then a handy 40/20 kick put the Roosters in a good position to score their next points as Gerald Mackey barged over under the posts.
David Watson’s successful kick from in front had the Roosters ahead 18-16.
Neyland broke through the Binnaway defence again and found Fullback Tim Hillam in support to post Cobar’s next points under the posts with Watson’s conversion giving the Roosters a 24-16 lead.
The Roosters only had a narrow 24-22 lead at half time (after Binnaway crossed shortly before the break), but an inspirational three try haul (and a try assist) by their Hooker, Jarrad Whitty, spurred his side to a big finish.
McAndrew finished the match with a double and Watson kicked a total of six goals and crossed for Cobar’s last try in their comprehensive 34 points win.
Cobar’s Best and Fairest three points went to Whitty, with Neyland earning two points and Loma Atuau, who was sensational in attack and defence for the Roosters, collecting one point.