Elks downed by Rats

A superb sunny day at Bingara last Saturday saw the Elks take on the River Rats in the final round of the New England Rugby competition.
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The Elks were boosted by a number of Guyra Ghosts players who travelled over to reserve for Glen Innes.

With only 16 Elks available, the assistance and support from Guyra is very much appreciated.

The first half was a very tight affair with both sides attacking and defending very strongly.

The first points came in the 11th minute via a penalty goal by Shawn Mepham.

The Rats responded in the 18th minute with an unconverted try and five minutes later Mepham landed another penalty goal to bring the half time score to 6 – 5 in favour of the Elks.

The second half saw a determined River Rats attack resulting in a converted try in the 10th minute.

Soon after captain/co-Coach, Henry Burridge, was carried from the field to await the services of an ambulance.

The loss of Burridge saw the Elks lose some fire allowing the Rats to run in another converted try taking the score to 19–6.

Shawn Mepham slotted another penalty goal in the 28th minute to bring up the final score of 19–9.

The game finished five minutes early as Henry Burridge’s ambulance was located too close to the field for the game to continue.

Every player played their hearts out but unfortunately the River Rats have been a very strong side all season and have now finished as minor premiers.

The Elks will face up to them again on Saturday at the sudden death finals in Armidale.

The Elks look to be at full strength for the finals and it will be a much tighter game against the Rats next week.

The winner of this game goes straight to the grand final the following weekend on September 8 again at UNE Bellvue Oval, Armidale.

The points awarded last Saturday were three points and players’ player, Fergus McIntosh, two points, Ranald Burridge and one point Henry Burridge.

o On the attack: Pictured below is Elks halfback Sid Brummell looking for the ball to throw wide.

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