Bourke Warriors and Brewarrina Googars clash in Rugby League grand final this Saturday


The 2021 Bourke Warriors First Grade team: Back row – Clynton Edwards (Trainer) Connor Elwood (Captain), Keenan Elwood, Patrick Edwards, Douglas Dennis, David Ford, Samuel Shillingsworth, Nathan Orcher (Coach). Middle Row – Shamar Dennis, Mal Edwards, Ewan Elwood, Lane Brown, Graeme Donovan. Front Row – Adam McLean (Maranguka Wellness Connect), Kaleb McKellar, Mervyn Powell, Cory Johnson, Jamahl Smith, Hogan Shillingsworth. Photo TWH

The Bourke Warriors are on a hattrick, hosting a third grand final in a row, in the Barwon Darling Rugby League competition.

The minor premiers will take on Brewarrina Googars at Davidson Oval this Saturday, to decide the winner of the 2021 Barwon Darling Cup, after the Googars narrowly defeated the Walgett Dragons by 28-24 in the preliminary final.

Bourke hosted the 2018 and 2019 Grand Finals, and there was no competition in 2020 due to COVID

The Warriors were 2018 premiers defeating the Walgett Dragons but were beaten by the Dragons in 2019 in front of their home crowd.

The Warriors are keen to regain the title in 2021, keeping the club spirit alive, and leading the way for their younger players.

Club President Paula Walsh says the 2021 season has been successful, with the first graders leading the way both on and off the field.

“The boys have shown great leadership and have promoted our beliefs and have had backing from our sponsor Maranguka Wellness Connect, in regard to suicide prevention,” she said.

“The ladies league tag team has also shown great commitment and have been tireless week in week out, supporting each other and the club.

“They have been great role models for our younger under 15’s girl’s, assisting with mentoring, passing on skills, and investing in the lives of the younger girls,” Paula said.

Paula said that the under 15’s boys were unlucky not to make it to the semifinals this season, missing out by one try on a countback.

“The under 15’s are a dedicated bunch, always showing up for training and games, and they grew into a close-knit team.

“The under 18’s, like the 15’s, were committed, but struggled with consistent numbers this season. But these young Warriors gave 110 percent effort on and off the field,” Paula said.

Warriors’ Treasurer Tina Sharpley is encouraging the whole Bourke community to get behind the Warriors grand final this year.

“It’s awesome to have our third grand final in Bourke and we are encouraging local businesses and residents to dress up their shop fronts, houses, cars, whatever you can cover in our colours, the mighty green and gold.

“Grab some green and gold streamers, balloons, any decorations you can get your hands on, and place our club colours throughout the community.

“Get behind your local team and show your support by coming to the game and supporting our community, committee and our players.

“We’ve formed a solid base for the club this year, with basically a whole new committee. We want to grow the club and see the whole community become part of it. The Warriors have a long history in Bourke, and we want to keep that alive.


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Bourke Warriors Ladies League Tag team: Back Row – Nikyra Suckling (Captain), Jemma Knight, Celeste Kelly, Adam Mclean (Maranguka Wellness Connect) Brooke Edwards, Paige Johnson, Paula Walsh (Coach). Middle Row – Shadenh Stanton, Laura Melhuish, Bianca Payne, Rozaria Suckling-Brookman, Shianne Gale, Dimity Dixon. Front Row – Shaquita Weston, Tiara Morris, Katie Brookson. Tiahla Walsh, Jaimee Lee Shillingsworth. Photo TWH