Roost­ers crow but St­ingrays’ late surge causes flut­ters

Broome Advertiser - - Sport - Carly Laden

The Roey Roost­ers have con­tin­ued to build mo­men­tum as fi­nals loom with an­other close vic­tory, this time over the St­ingrays.

In the 10th round of com­pe­ti­tion last Thurs­day, teams were de­ter­mined to notch more wins, with fi­nals only two weeks away.

St­ingrays proved for­mi­da­ble chal­lengers to Roost­ers in the open­ing half, with an early try by Karl Owen kick­ing things off on the score­board.

The Roost­ers seemed to strug­gle un­der the pres­sure, with many in­ac­cu­rate passes and fum­bles cost­ing them pre­cious pos­ses­sion time.

As the St­ingrays con­tin­ued to gain ground with an­other try from Rob Ram­pal, the Roost­ers be­gan to step it up with two tries of their own from Mitch Hunt­ley and Gareth Preece.

When the half-time siren sounded, it looked like the match could go ei­ther way, with the scores tied at 2-2.

Fol­low­ing the break, speed­ster Preece was quick to give the Roost­ers the lead, al­though the St­ingrays con­tin­ued to show strong de­fence. As both teams ap­plied great de­fen­sive pres­sure on each other, it soon be­came a strug­gle to score.

That was un­til Hunt­ley ex­tended the Roost­ers’ lead with two more tries, leav­ing the St­ingrays strug­gling to catch up.

Af­ter an­other strug­gle, St­ingrays’ Jess Healy and Bray­den Strat­ford scored two late tries but it was be the Roost­ers that held on to claim a 5-4 vic­tory.

Else­where in di­vi­sion 1, ALL­STARS smashed Primewest Pan­thers 14-4, Tox Free Run­aways out­ran ARAC At­tack to win 12-5, and Green­backs de­feated Score­gasms 11-3.

In di­vi­sion 2, Ex­ploders blasted Balls Deep 16-7, Stingers stung Broome Pi­rates 5-3, First Na­tional Rock­ets de­feated Yippee Try Yay 10-4, and Bush Chooks beat The An­i­mals 6-3.

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