The Cooma Stallions dug deep in front of their home crowd at the Cooma Showground on Saturday to win their last home game of the season.
Wearing yellow socks for ‘Call to Arms Day’ to promote awareness of male cancer, up against Merimbula, Pambula, Bombala Bluedogs, the Stallions ran out convincing winners in the end 42-26.
The Stallions have really struggled in the last couple of weeks but were determined to give their best for the last home game and in front of their loyal supporters.
It was a pretty tight match from the outset with both sides having chances but the Stallions were the first to score with David Sommerville crossing after good lead up work from the coach Chris Khoury. This was converted and the boys were leading 6 nil after five minutes.
A slight lapse in concentration saw Merimbula get a repeat set on the Stallions line and Clay Clear crashed under the posts in typical fashion and with the conversion successful the match was even at six all. The remainder of the first half was a seesawing affair with the captain coach crossing but Merimbula scored twice going into the break four points up at 16 - 12.
There must have been some motivation going on in the sheds as the boys came out in the second half determined to cut out their errors thus shutting down Merimbula, Pambula’s chances. As the mistakes dried up the tries came with the Stallions scoring three unanswered tries through Mitchell Lynch, Jake Schofield and Phil Johnson giving Cooma a 12 point buffer with 15 minutes to play. However, Merimbula were not done and a try from one of Cooma’s mistakes had them back in the match with 10 minutes on the clock.
The Stallions seemed to lift their game at this stage and were determined to finish at home on a high and Brett Dorward and Adam Walters came to the rescue crossing for two more converted tries to take the final score to Cooma 42 - Merimbula, Pambula, Bombala 26.
There were many standouts on the day with Torin Findlow, Steven Russell the best while the captain coach, Chris Khoury was instrumental in setting up two tries while scoring one himself.
Next week is the last game of the regular season and Cooma will travel to Eden in all four grades.
The semi-finals will follow and Cooma will definitely have the under 18s and ladies tag teams competing as they finished second and first respectively.
The Stallions would like to thank all those that come along on Sunday and hope to see you travel to support the remaining teams through the semis as they try to bring home a trophy or two.