Unfortunately, the Halligan brothers were unavailable and this left a gaping hole in the team. Helping to balance was the return from injury of Matthew Joseph and a rethink of retirement from Michael Sullivan.
The team that took the field was M Joseph, G Norris, P Perkins, C Cook, M Jackson, C Stewart, M Sullivan, A Power, L Kimber, S Sten, M Stone, C Clear, C Elton. Reserves were A Guthrie, T Cameron, A Anderson, D Cotterell.
Bega kicked off and the game seesawed or 10 minutes until Bombala scored through Malcolm Stone and led 4-0.
Five minutes later Bega opened their scoring with a converted try which they quickly repeated to lead 12-4. Bega lost the ball from the kick off and the Blues were keen to take full advantage.
Clay Stewart earned plenty of brownie points from brother-in-law Paul Perkins with an expertly constructed try, sucking in several defenders and giving Paul an uninterrupted passage to score, the conversion was missed but the Blues were right in it at 12-8 down.
However, possession went astray from the kick off. Bega scored to lead 16-8 at the 30 minute mark after a penalty, Bega scored again to lead 20-8, quickly followed with a long range converted try to lead 26-8 at halftime.
Bega wasted little time in scoring in the second half with a classy passage of passing to lead 32-8. Then a classic front on tackle from Michael Sullivan shook the ball loose and with good field position Bombala scored through Clay Clear, Corey Elton converted and Bega led 32-14.
Bega then took complete control of the match and with four more tries led 50-14. Bombala scored the last try through Clay Stewart, converted by Michael Sullivan to go down 50-20. The Cooma game next weekend is a must win whilst hoping Bega can be beaten.
Bombala Juniors had another heavy loss, going down 74-0 to the highly rated Bega team. They took the field with only 12 players. They played much of the game with 11.
One must surely congratulate the tenacity and perseverance of Wayne Peisley and the boys, who kept turning up every week. They never forfeited, and showed a lot of guts for supporting their mates when it would have been easy to just not turn up.
This Saturday both teams will play Cooma in Cooma, the Under 18s at 1pm, and the First Graders at 2.30pm, with hopes a big crowd of supporters will follow them to the clashes.
Afterwards, End of Season drinks and live music will be enjoyed at the Bombala RSL Club, with all who are involved with the Bombala Blues, including their supporters, being encouraged to come along.
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