Blockbuster To Cap Off ORL’s Day of Days

Updated: August 9, 2018
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Photo courtesy of — Paul Brown / Wilcannia News

Sunday’s 2018 Musicians Club Outback Rugby League Grand Final at Broken Hill’s Jubilee Oval shapes as a battle for the ages.

Wilcannia Boomerangs – minor premiers playing in their 10th ORL grand final.

Menindee Yabbies – first team to qualify for the decider having beaten the Boomerangs twice at Wilcannia this season.

Only two points has separated both sides in their last two matches.

Boomerangs won a thriller 32-30 at Menindee in Round Nine (July 14) to help secure top spot in the regular season while Yabbies bounced back to win a high-quality major semi-final 16-14 at Wilcannia on July 28.

The sides also met in Round Four (May 26) in Wilcannia and Yabbies won 32-16 that day.

ORL chairman Des Rumble believes this Yabbies-Boomerangs decider will be an extremely close contest.

“We have two very strong rugby league football teams in the grand final,” Rumble said.

“I believe it will be a very tight and very entertaining match.

“We hope to have a large crowd in attendance to watch the grand finals with a much larger program than last year.”

The ORL has had to shift from its usual grand final venue Memorial Oval to Jubilee Oval due to a booking clash.

It seems fitting that the last time a decider was held at the Jube, Yabbies and Boomerangs met in that grand final.

That was back in 2012 and with the scores locked at 32-all at full-time, Menindee scored in extra-time to win 36-32.

Since then ORL’s day of days has shifted to the Memorial Oval and Boomerangs played in all 2013-2017 deciders, winning in 2014 and 2015.

The 2015 success was against Yabbies, Boomerangs prevailing 34-22.

While Boomerangs have always been around the top of the ORL ladder, Yabbies had a difficult 2017, finishing sixth in what started as a seven-team competition.

Boomerangs were minor premiers last year and lost a classic encounter 24-22 to Broken Hill Saints thanks to a pressure Lisiate Talalima conversion.

One year on, the man nicknamed ‘Kenny’ is now in Boomerangs colours and the grand final program is much bigger. Last year there was simply a goal-kicking competition before the decider.

In 2018, there is far more for the crowd to come and see.

Juniors will play exhibition matches from 10.30am before the women’s ORL Mini-Competition Grand Final between the undefeated Wilcannia Warrika and Menindee Twisted Sisters.

Warrika has won both mini-competition fixtures against Twisted Sisters, 42-6 at Broken Hill on July 7 and 30-20 at Menindee on July 14.

In the non-competitive matches before the mini-competition, Warrika scored a win at Wilcannia on May 26 before the two sides played out an absorbing 20-all draw at Menindee on June 23.

Before the women, ORL Juniors aged six to 12 (Born 2006 to 2012) will participate in non-competitive matches open to boys and girls.

The Musicians Club ORL grand finals is the only event played on Sundays each year due to the need to utilise marquee Australian rules venues within Broken Hill.

Sunday, August 12, JUBILEE OVAL, BROKEN HILL:
10.30am – ORL Juniors Exhibitions Commence

 

12.00noon – ORL Women’s Mini-Competition Grand Final
WILCANNIA WARRIKA vs MENINDEE TWISTED SISTERS

 

2.00pm – 2018 Musicians Club Outback Rugby League Grand Final
MENINDEE YABBIES vs WILCANNIA BOOMERANGS

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