The Boronia Cup remains in Gilgandra after the Panthers registered a strong 42 to 10 win over the Gulgong in the match of the day in round 6 of the Christie and Hood Castlereagh League competition.
The Terrier faithful may have had some cause for hope as their side went to the sheds trailing 16 to 6 at the break but that hope soon evaporated as two tries to the home side within six minutes of the opening whistle to the second half killed off any thoughts of a revival.
In the end the Panthers raced in eight tries to Gulgong’s two which was probably a fair summation of the two sides.
Gilgandra will now be suiting up for another Boronia Cup Challenge game this Saturday when host the in form Coonabarabran Unicorns at McGrane Oval in a top of the table clash between the two arch rivals
The Unicorns are capable of racking up the points, as evidenced by the 58 that they scored against the Trangie Magpies last Saturday.
But they are also capable of defensive lapses as well, again shown by the fact that they let Trangie scored 34 against them
There is no love lost between the Panthers and the Unicorns and a huge crowd is expected to pack Gilgandra’s home ground next Saturday with perhaps the spoils going to the team that is the more defensively orientated on the day
The remaining game saw the Coolah Kangaroos again being competitive and showing that they are capable of scoring points, but once again coming away without the competition points, going down at home to Dunedoo 38 to 22 in the local derby.
Apart from the Boronia Cup game in Gilgandra some other interesting match ups await Christie and Hood Castlereagh League fans this weekend with both a southern and a northern local derby taking place
Up north the Coonamble Bears will be playing host to the Baradine Magpies, while at the other end of the group Gulgong will be entertaining Dunedoo.
The results of both the games could prove to be vital as to where the respective teams finish in the pecking order later in the year.
Christie and Hood Castlereagh League Round 6
Rugby League: Gilgandra 42 defeated Gulgong 10; Dunedoo 38 defeated Coolah 22; Coonabarabran 58 defeated Trangie 34.
League Tag: Coonamble 24 defeated Warren 12; Gilgandra 25 defeated Gulgong 0; Coonabarabran 46 defeated Trangie 4.
Youth League: Gilgandra 28 defeated Gulgong 4.
Round 7, Saturday, May 2, 2017:
Gilgandra V Coonabarabran (Boronia Cup Challenge game).
Gulgong V Dunedoo.
Coonamble V Baradine.