Rubble Report- 29/07/17
Walgett Rams vs. Warren Puma Pants
On Saturday the Walgett Rams hosted the Warren Puma Pants in the annual Family Day. This was made special by the appearance of Paddy Ryan (NSW Waratahs prop and all round good bloke) and ‘Tah Man’ (could very well have been a convicted felon for all we know).
The day started off with a great coaching clinic run by the NSW Rugby Development Officers for all kids 12 years and under (Pang Remond wanted to join in, but sadly isn’t allowed within 100m of children following his court case). The young Walgett Lambs lined up and got a photo with some of the current Walgett Rams players who were brought up through the lambs almost 15 years ago, including Chuck Colless, James Wheaton, Ebbie Duncan, Trousers Barret, Sam O’Brien, Mark Currey, Harry Pye, Justin O’Brien, Blair Douglas, Brandon Murray and Grant Lillyman. Pang Remond was also a product of the Walgett Lambs, but couldn’t participate in the photo (see above^^).
Another photo was taken of the Rams pre-game to show off their fancy new Batyr Socks which were purchased by the club. All funds raised on Saturday went to Batyr for their important work in addressing the elephant in the room, young mental health which a lot of people struggle with on a daily basis.
The top of the table clash began soon after the photos, and it was Walgett leading right out of the gate, eager to put the Brewarrina match out of everyone’s memory. The Warren Puma Pants put up a strong defensive effort in the opening 20 minutes, but couldn’t withstand Walgett crashing over the tryline on multiple occasions, either through leg drive and determination from the forwards, or flashy footwork in the backs.
Scrum-time was a completely different story to the last time these two teams played with the Puma Pants having the upper hand in Warren (thanks to a couple of props from the Trangie Tigers). Unfortunately for Warren, both props had to play for their own club on Saturday, and Walgett took advantage of this fact. The Rams continued to push their way to a couple of tightheads and penalties which the backs could quickly convert into points through the Murray-Lillyman-Colless trio linking up with the O’brien, Douglas and Stringer out wide.
Half-time came with the Rams ahead 25-10, Coach Nick didn’t have much to say for once, because it was one of the best attacking/defensive efforts he had seen from the boys this season. So the Rams took the field again full of confidence. The second half ran much the same way as the first with Walgett dominating possession, and the little that Warren got, they kicked away or lost the ball due to the rock solid Ram’s defence. After not missing a kick all game, Brandon Murray was forced to leave the field after breaking his hand. This happened as he dived out of the way of a Puma player with the ball rather than attempting a tackle. Coach Nick could see he had hurt his hand and asked him to come off to which Brandon replied “I KNOW MY OWN BODY” and continued to play for a while before he realised he could barely pick his nose with his right hand. Hopefully we see Brandon back before finals.
The game came to an end with another Walgett try, making the end scoreline 45-10. Sam O’Brien, Mark Currey and Harry Pye are yet to score a try #Naked&Afraid
2nd Grade also had a win against the Puma Pants 15-0. Highlight included ‘Props in Space’ with Currey, Brummell and Robinson linking up down the sideline, as well as Coach Nick receiving a yellow card for backchat to the ref, something he stresses to the Rams never to do. For this offence he bought a carton of rum for the boys and all was forgiven.
The after-match function was well attended, with the Rams taking out the Boat Race as well. The Tin-Shed stayed open till late and the main event was a naked scrum between Joey Fleming and Paddy Ryan. Joey was soundly beaten, and apologises profusely for the shame he has brought upon the town, he assures me that he will try better next time. Sam O’Brien would have stood a better chance against Paddy Ryan than Joey, but he was incapacitated due to Coach Nick’s generosity with the Rum and Coke (see attached photo).
3- Sam O’Brien
2- Harry Pye
1- Chuck Colless
1- Pang Remond
Players Player- Chuck Colless
Junior Rugby Development Day
What a great day on Saturday, weather was fantastic, 70 kids attended the development day and a lovely luncheon put on by the Lambs. Paddy Ryan and Tah Man were a great hit with both the little and the big kids. Bec Yeomans needs a big congratulations for organising the development day, I know personally how hard she worked to pull the whole day together. Congratulations to the Rams on another convincing win against Warren. James, Jack and Desho were kept very busy at the BBQ all afternoon and the Tin Shed was certainly the busiest I’ve seen it in a long time. I cooked up enough rissoles for just over 50 people but fed about 80 instead. I apologise to those people who got short changed on the rissoles or who got sausages instead. Di Kelly put on a smile on anyone’s face who had the sticky date pudding and caramel sauce for dessert.
A big thank-you to Di for helping me out in the kitchen on Saturday night and thanks also to Cougar, Grace and Gabie for helping serve the food.
Last home game, this weekend is an away game at Nyngan and then Gulargambone the week after, then it’s into finals season.
Photos: Melanie Bradley
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