Boars edge out Gremlins in a nail-biter
RUGBY LEAGUE: Amid a day rich in rugby league from junior to senior grades and a commemoration of a local league hero, the Stanthorpe Gremlins were edged out when they came unstuck against the Goondiwindi Boars 20-18.
Sullivan Oval hosted an amazing day of rugby league on Saturday in honour of the Stanthorpe Rugby League Club stalwart and Life Member, the late Peter Shatte.
Raffles were held across the day with proceeds benefiting the Stanthorpe Cancer Group.
While Goondiwindi and the Gremlins enjoyed a shared advantage on the scoreboard throughout the Round 7 clash, it all came down to a nail-biting finish where the honours could have gone either way.
Saturday's loss is the second for Gremlins, taking into account the 'friendly' against Texas a fortnight ago.
The Boars drew first blood in Saturday's clash with Brady Martyn crossing in the fourth minute for their only first stanza points to allow the visitors a 4-nil lead.
Centre Lachlan Hendry crossed for his third try of the season, levelling the ledger minutes later and, with the addition of a Jake Burnell conversion, the Gremlins took a 6-4 lead by the eighth minute and held the advantage until the half time siren.
The opening minute of the second half saw the Gremlins on the front foot, easing further ahead 12-4 when hooker Connor Hartley-Simpson crossed for a vital four-pointer.
With Stanthorpe supporters upbeat, the match pendulum swung the visitors' way as the Boars answered the call, running in three tries that would eventually seal the match.
Fullback Greg Binge nudged the Goondiwindi side into motion to get his side back to 12-8. Minutes later they moved to a marginal 14-12 lead.
The final 15 minutes weren't for the faint of heart as both sides battled it out for a hotly pursued victory, a result that would have seen the Gremlins level premiership leaders.
Goondiwindi's Binge snared his second try to be the match winner.
Hartley-Simpson's second try kept the Gremlins in the game in the final minutes and a chance to scramble for an all important win.
It was not to be however, the Boars holding on to claim their third win from four. The Gremlins lost Regan Sullivan to a neck injury early in the game while Kyle Marsh, suffered a broken collar bone.
Stanthorpe head to the Lockyer Valley on Sunday to take on the Gatton Hawks, kicking off at 10.10am.