Round four of the Christie and Hood Castlereagh League competition was highlighted by the continued good form of the Trangie Magpies who, whilst not winning their match against the Dunedoo Swans under lights at Dunedoo on Friday night retained their undefeated status since round two when they fought out a thrilling, high-scoring draw with the home side.
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A 32-all scoreline was to be the final result, and even though the defence of both sides might have come into question the entertainment value didn’t as Friday night footy proved to be a huge success in Swantown.
Saturday’s games saw a battle royal at Baradine with their local derby against the Unicorns from Coonabarabran being a rugged and hard fought affair as has been the case of many years.
In the end the Unicorns prevailed, taking the contest 36 to 28, but not before both sides had given their supporters much to be enthusiastic about
Meanwhile at Coonamble the Bears stormed home in the second half to run down a game, but somewhat tackle shy Coolah outfit 50 points to 8 after the scores were 16 to 8 at the break.
In League Tag the Dunedoo Swannettes keep setting the benchmark at the head of the table after they recorded a 30 to 8 victory over the young and enthusiastic Trangie team.
Gilgandra returned to the winners circle with a narrow 18 to 14 win over Warren and at Baradine the Maggiettes fought out a 16 all draw with Coonabarabran.
Round 5 will see Gulgong back from the bye hosting Warren.
Gilgandra return after an extended break due to Easter and byes in a match that will provide a real test for them when they travel to Dunedoo to take on the Swans in what will be the match of the round.
The Panthers haven’t been on the paddock since April 7 and the game against Dunedoo, a team that always sticks it to Gilgandra, will certainly see how their captain-coach, Jamie Towney, has managed his troops during the extended break after their impressive start to the year in rounds one and two.
There will be no doubt that the Swans will be eager to claim a big scalp on their home ground and a very spirited game is in the offering.
Other games will see the battle of the Magpies taking place at Trangie and with both the black and white outfits being very competitive a great game should ensue.
In the remaining game, Coolah Kangaroos kick start their season when they host Coonabarabran, in a game where the Unicorns would be ill advised to take the home side cheaply.
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