An Ethan Harris masterclass has propelled Parntu to its second-ever Musicians Club Outback Rugby League Grand Final after the Warriors overcame a gritty Wilcannia Boomerangs in last Saturday’s (12 September) Senior Men’s preliminary final at Memorial Oval, Broken Hill.
Harris, who was instrumental in Boomerangs’ 2018 premiership success, scored three tries in the Wilcannia derby to book Parntu a spot in the decider against Minor Premiers Menindee Yabbies.
Warriors skipper Victor Ward and fullback Lincon Kirby were also never far from the action as Parntu came from behind to eventually win 36-16 against the Boomerangs.
The Boomerangs had the early running and led 6-0 and 12-6 before Ward’s try right on half-time put the Warriors ahead for the first time. In the second-half Parntu scored three-tries-to-one to seal the result.
William Jones and Dion Harris were impressive for Boomerangs while Cassidy Evans led his side well from the back-row and scored a try.
It now means Menindee tackle Parntu in Saturday’s (19 September) 2020 Musicians Club Outback Rugby League Grand Final.
In other results, Wilcannia had to work hard to overcome Menindee Twisted Sisters in a highly entertaining Women’s Monarch Blues Tag (League Tag) preliminary final.
Wilcannia powered to an 18-0 lead at quarter-time but from that point the Twisted Sisters were in everything and got back to 26-10 at halftime and then eight points by fulltime. Wilcannia’s team-work was again evident with six individual try-scorers.
The Mellissa Kennedy-led outfit will now meet minor premiers Silver City in the decider. Grand Final Day on Saturday, 19 September will feature juniors from 9.30am before the tag decider at 1.15pm and men’s tackle from 3.00pm.
Picture: Gavin Schmidt