Boomerangs Big Comeback Yields Fifth ORL Title

Updated: August 13, 2018

The Wilcannia Boomerangs have claimed a fifth-straight Outback Rugby League premiership after defeating the Menindee Yabbies 24-22 in the 2018 Musicians Club ORL grand final at Jubilee Oval, Broken Hill.

Having trailed 18-4 in the second-half, the Boomerangs completed a miraculous fight back through a two-try effort to Man of the Match Phillip Hunter Jnr and hard-working forward Travis Williams.

After an intense opening to the match, it was Menindee who claimed a hard-fought half-time lead through tries to Captain Jak Sloane and Siaki Ofa.

The Yabbies increased their lead after half-time with five-eighth Henry Godinet scoring a brilliant individual try after beating several defenders on his way to the goal line to put his side up 18-4.

The Boomerangs began their comeback when Hunter Jnr picked up his second try before Lisiate Talalima executed a one-on-one steal to grab another Wilcannia try to set up a grandstand finish.

Moments later Cassidy Evans put Jack Whyman through a hole in the defence before backing up to score the try and hand Wilcannia the lead for the first time.

William Jones then powered his way over for a six-point Boomerangs lead, before a brilliant Tutuila Tuala flick pass put Yabbies centre Dennis King across to reduce the gap to 24-22.

Desperate defence saw the Boomerangs hold on to claim memorable Outback Rugby League title.

One of the highlights of the day was a jubilant and emotional Wilcannia Warrika Captain Benita Tatt, in tears after her side went through the 2018 women’s season undefeated.

In a tough and tense affair, Wilcannia held on for an 18-14 victory after being pushed all the way by the Menindee Twisted Sisters.

Dorothy Mills scored a double for Warrika while Nakeisha Dutton was named the Grand Final MVP.