Fitzroy, Pan­thers match ends in tie

Broome Advertiser - - Sport - Carly Laden

Touch foot­ball con­tin­ues to sweep the West Kim­ber­ley, reach­ing as far as the Fitzroy Val­ley.

Thir­teen play­ers from Fitr­zoy Cross­ing Touch Rugby travelled al­most 400km to Broome to com­pete in a friendly match on Satur­day. Novem­ber 3.

The team went up against the Primewest Pan­thers, who were rep­re­sent­ing the Broome Touch As­so­ci­a­tion.

It seemed the ex­pe­ri­enced Primewest Pan­thers would have the up­per hand in the open­ing mo­ments of the match, as they were quick to score a try.

How­ever, Fitzroy quickly re­sponded with a try of their own, prompt­ing an even con­test.

In a high-scor­ing first half, the speed and agility of the Fitzroy play­ers worked in their favour to lead 6-5 at half-time.

Af­ter the main break, the con­test quickly be­came a strug­gle for both teams to score as they both stepped up the de­fen­sive pres­sure.

As the Pan­thers looked to make up their one-point deficit, Fitzroy ex­tended their lead with an­other try.

How­ever, the Pan­thers were able to tie the scores with a quick response of their own.

As both teams con­tinue to strug­gle to­wards ad­di­tional tries, it was a nail­bit­ing con­clu­sion to the friendly match.

De­spite sev­eral close calls, the fi­nal siren saw the score tied at 7-7, a happy re­sult for both teams.

Fitzroy rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dan Healy said Fitzroy Cross­ing Touch Rugby con­sisted of about 20 peo­ple coming down to the ovals on a Mon­day night which is in its sec­ond year.

“The sport has dropped in and out of town over the years but at the mo­ment it has been run­ning con­tin­u­ously for the past two years which is great,” he said.

“Af­ter play­ing with these guys for the past two years, were were look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent to do.

“Coming to Broome and play­ing against the Primewest Pan­thers gave us a chance to have fun with it and also see what we’re like com­pared to a more struc­tured league.

”It was cer­tainly sur­prised when we ended up ty­ing with them.”

Pic­ture: Carly Laden

The Fitzroy Touch Rugby team with Broome Touch As­so­ci­a­tion's Primewest Pan­thers be­fore their match.

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