Above: Boggabri Kangaroos skipper Matt Gillham scored a try and earned three Group Four Rugby League best and fairest points in a 30-24 win against Narrabri at Jubilee Oval on Saturday afternoon.


Jubilee Oval was as loud as ever on Saturday afternoon as the Boggabri and District Rugby League Football Club’s first grade side scored a memorable victory.

The Kanagroos took on Narrabri Shire neighbours the Narrabri Blues in a round eight derby and secured their second win of the season in a game that almost had it all.

When the dust settled it was Boggabri that saw off a fast-finishing Narrabri outfit, outscoring the Blues 30-24.

It was a well-deserved victory for the Kangaroos which was the better side on the day.

The side led 16-10 at half-time and then made the most of a two-man advantage in the second half, crossing for two tries while the Blues had two in the sin bin to go ahead 30-10 with 12 minutes remaining.

In the final 11 minutes of the contest Narrabri scored three tries to make the score 30-24 with less than two minutes remaining.

However, Boggabri defended desperately and held on to secure the six-point win.

The Kangaroos outscored the Blues six tries to five and three goals to two on the day.

On a day where the entire Boggabri side stood up and contributed to a hard-fought victory, two stood out among the rest.

Skipper Matt Gillham and fellow forward Kahn Juhnke played key roles in the win and were rewarded with Group Four best and fairest points.

Gillham was awarded three and Juhnke earned one, with Narrabri captain-coach Brenton Cochrane taking the two after leading his side’s fightback and threatening throughout the game.

There were two other first grade matches played in round eight.

In a top-of-the-table encounter the North Tamworth Bears continued their dominance with a 46-22 win at home against Werris Creek, while in Dungowan the Cowboys went down to the Kootingal Roosters 34-14.

That match contributed to several ladder movements.

The Kangaroos moved into sixth place after their win, overtaking the Cowboys, while Narrabri slipped out of the top four to fifth, overtaken by the Roosters.

The top three remained the same with North Tamworth moving four points clear ahead of second-placed Werris Creek, and Gunnedah, which had the round eight bye, remaining in third spot.