Boggabilla Warriors bounce back to belt the Moree Boomerangs

In perfect weather conditions and in front of a large crowd, the Warriors hosted the Moree Boomerangs at the Boggabilla Sports Ground on Saturday afternoon.

In just round two of the Group 19 Rugby League Competition, the Warriors were coming off a surprise loss to Warialda last weekend.

The Boomerangs, on the other hand, were fresh from a 90-point thrashing of the Armidale Rams.

This left the Rangs on a massive high and the Warriors desperate to get on the board after their shock loss.

Regarded as two of the most brilliant attacking teams in the competition, the recipe was there for some high quality Rugby League.

The big crowd was not let down with the standard of footy as good as you would see anywhere in the bush.

The Warriors were first to score with Logan McGrady crossing in the corner.

The conversion missed and the Warriors led 4-0. David McGrady was next to score with Sampson adding the extras to make it 10-0.

The Rangs crossed through their class fullback and it was Warriors 10-6.

Brandon McGrady then swooped on a spilt ball to go 60metres down the touch line to score in the corner, taking the warriors to a 14-4 lead.

They crossed again late in the half, giving the locals a 14-12 lead into the break.

The game was everything the supporters had come to see with no one about to go home early.

With Coach Peckham’s words of wisdom during the break the Warriors changed gears in the second half, racing in five tries, with a second to Brandon McGrady before Liam Close got the forwards across the line for a barn storming front rowers try.

Younger brother Malcolm had been taking notice of big brother Brandon and decided to get in on the action.

Not to be out done, Malcolm scored three consecutive tries in exactly the same place to show big brother that anything he can do I can do better.

Kerrod Sampson had found his mark, kicking five from five in the second half.

The Boomerangs scored two late tries giving the Macintyre Warriors a 44-22 home ground victory.

The points belonged to the Warriors classy back line, however none of that would have been possible without the massive performance from the forwards.

It was truly a team effort, with every player doing their bit.

The Warriors will enjoy the Easter weekend break before travelling to Glen Innes to take on the Magpies.

Malcolm McGrady

Malcolm McGrady

Nickayla Craigie glides across the ground.

Nickayla Craigie glides across the ground.