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Warriors take aim at grand final

Rugby league fans will descend on Boggabilla on Sunday.IT’S going to be the biggest day in Boggabilla for years.
Nanjing Night Net

Following a visit from the Group 19 executives at the weekend, the all clear was given to the Macintyre Warriors to host the rugby league major semi-final onSunday.

It bringsus just one win away from creating history, where the tiny township of Boggabilla will swell by monumental proportions to cope with Grand Final day.

During the last fortnight there has been significant speculation that all finals would be moved to a more suitable venue, due to the lack of facilities at the Boggabilla Sports Ground.

That venue was to be Inverell, who finished second in the regular season, which would have placed them at an enormous advantage considering that right belongs to the team finishing on top, which then meant the Hawks would have to travel to Boggabilla for the major semi-final. For this year at least, following plenty of controversy, common sense has prevailed giving the Warriors at least two finals, which will hopefully include Grand Final day.

Last weekend was the end of the road for our girls this year and the promise of things to come with a 16-10 loss to the Moree Boomerangs. Toni McGrady and Makiily Sampson both got tries, with Maleika Craigie kicking the goal for the Warriors ten points. Makiily was the best of the girls.

In a dress rehearsal for next week’s first Reserve Grade Semi-Final, the Warriors finished on top of the Boomerangs 32-22, after leading 20-6 at half-time.

The young speedsters were once again the main contributes to the score sheet with Dallas Dennison, Hayden McGrady, Jamal Woodbridge and Quindon McIntosh all getting tries for the backs, while Tyler Dennison held up the forwards end.

The Reserve Grades competition leading point scorer, Derrick Craigie, added four goals to his tally. Robbie McIntosh got the Coaches award.

This Saturdaythe two sides will line up against one another again at Ashford, with the winner moving to the second week of the finals and the loser hanging up the boots for the year. The game will commence at1pm.

In the First Grade match the Warriors suffered just their second loss of the year, and their secondin three weeks. The Boomerangs had to win to be assured of playing finals football, where the Warriors were guaranteed of their spot at the top of the table, regardless to the result.

This showed with the hungry Boomerangs taking a 16-6 lead to the break and then extending that lead into the second half, before the Warriors finished full of running to go down narrowly 34-28. Malcolm McGrady, Rick McGrady, Liam McGrady, Clyde Hickling and Harold ‘Buddy’ Brown (celebrating a birthday) all got tries with Malcolm McGrady and Kerrod Sampson both kicking two goals. Remarkable Robbie McIntosh got the coaches vote for best on ground in First Grade as well. ‘

Saturdaywill see the Boomerangs take on the Ashford Roosters at Ashford, with the Boggabilla Sports Ground coming alive on Sunday when the Macintyre Warriors take on the Inverell Hawks, with the victor earning the first spot in the 2016 Grand Final and the home ground advantage.

There will be four games, with the first kicking off at10.45am, and the gates opening at9.30am.

It is expected that there will be a bumper crowd with prime vantage points in hot demand and early attendance recommended. It is likely that at some stage, due to the large crowd, vehicles will be stopped from entering the grounds, so it would be a good idea to bring a chair or a blanket to sit on the ground.

Entry to the grounds will be via McCosker Street on the Western side of the Oval. Remember this is an alcohol free event and any person found bringing alcohol into the grounds will be asked to leave immediately with no exceptions.

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