Bega Roosters look to down Cooma Stallions

On the burst: Luke Dowdle makes a run for the Bega Roosters with Eden prop Elvis Tui closing the gap.
On the burst: Luke Dowdle makes a run for the Bega Roosters with Eden prop Elvis Tui closing the gap.

After a shock loss to the Eden Tigers, the Bega Roosters will be in for another hard slog, hosting the undefeated Cooma Stallions this Sunday. 

Despite the challenge, the club will be looking forward to the outing as they celebrate the Indigenous recognition round and donning specially made jumpers. 

“All the jerseys will feature Indigenous art across all four of our grades,” club president Garry Arkin said. 

The president expects will be a tough day out for the injury-hampered Bega outfit, but has faith in the tri-colours to get the job done. 

“Despite the Roosters’ injury toll taking another hit after last weekend’s game, the Roosters are primed to give a bold showing against the Stallions,” he said. 

“They boast a crack centre pairing in Karlos Filiga and Tim Knight working off the back of their number seven Zac Smith and hooker Astin Nunan.”

Arkin said the visitors were holding their undefeated streak late into the season and captain-coach Todd Williams was looking to emulate Moruya’s Clayton Cup-winning performance last year. 

The Roosters will be buoyed by the return of Ryan Apps, while Scott Fuller, Jarrod Tamatea and capatain-coach Kane Morgan will look to continue their good form. 

“The Roosters will be keen to take the prized Stallions scalp,” Arkin said. 

In reserve grade, Scott Barton’s Bega outfit is fresh of a 40-0 win and will look to close out Cooma’s year as the Stallions need the competition points to vie for a semi-final spot. 

“A loss to Barton’s tropps will almost ensure the Stallions’ hopes are dashed for the year,” Arkin said. 

It will be a similar scenario in the 18s, with Cooma desperate for the result, while Bega sits comfortably in second on the competition ladder. 

However, Roosters coach Grant Dowdle is confident his young charges can claim back-to-back wins. 

With good showings in defence from Dylan Dunning, Alister French,  Dylan Ainsworth and young bolter Tom Picker, the team will line-up behind their hard-working forwards to secure the result.

In league-tag, the Cooma Fillies will meet the re-vamped Bega Chicks roster, while the Bega outfit is hitting it’s straps. 

With Ali Ringland, Taelar Williams and Elyse Philipzen taking charge, and Madison Parbery and Fiona Holmes making some exciting bursts, the Chicks will be a hard nut to crack for the visiting Cooma contingent. 

This is the penultimate round of the home-away series and points are at a premium.

The four big matches will go ahead at the Bega Recreation Ground on Sunday. 

The fleet-footed under 18s will open proceedings at 10.30am with the league-tag to follow at noon. 

Reserves run from 1pm and first grade set to kick off at 2.30pm.