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Old Boys defeat Barbarians in see-sawing match


The Bourke Old Boys side 2024. Photo TWH

The Bourke Old Boys team narrowly defeated the young Bre-Bourke Barbarians side 42-40 in a see-sawing match at Bourke’s Davidson Oval on Saturday.

The traditional Easter grudge match was a popular event, with about 30 players turning up to play for the Bourke Old Boys and good numbers for the Barbarians’ side.

For the Barbarians, side was bolstered by the Brewarrina boys who came across in big numbers for a taste of a friendly pre-season match.

Organiser and former Bourke Rams player Tony Bennett said that that it was a close game where the wisdom, guile and strategy of the Old Boys shone through at the end of the day.

“It was the old story about the old bull and the young bull,’ Tony said.

Starring for the Old Boys was Benny Orcher who played his first match for the Old Boys this year, Charlie Hollman who scored two tries and the five Simmons boys who all returned for the match, and Uncle Tommy Kavanagh who backed up for another Old Boys match. […]


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