Old Boys Rugby draws huge crowd

The Bourke Rams team, Easter 2022. PHOTO TWH

The Bourke Baabarians Rugby side, Easter 2022. PHOTO TWH

The Bourke Easter Festival wouldn’t be the same without the traditional Bourke Baabarian’s Old Boys versus Bourke Rams Rugby Union match on Easter Saturday.

This year the match lived up to expectations, with a huge crowd, more than forty old boys vying for a spot in the Baabarians – and everyone on the paddock still in one piece at the end of it.

The Rams ran out eventual winners, after a 17-all half time score.

Charlie Hollman scored for the Baabarians just before the halftime whistle – to even things up after the Rams threatened to run away with the game.

After half time the Rams better fitness came to the fore, and Clynton Edwards scored two good tries to get the Rams the win by 32 points to 27.

Former Bourkeite, Tony Bennett, one of the founders of the event, said this year saw one of the biggest turnouts since the Back O’Bourke Easter Festival began in 2015.

“It’s always a good weekend when no-one gets hurt and the game was played in the spirit of the occasion,” Tony said.

“The Old Boys gave the young Rams a run for their money, and they only beat us by a try or two, but it was the enjoyment of the game that mattered.

“We had about 40 players on the day which was really good, and everyone shared jerseys and played out of their positions when they had to and had a really good time.

“It was a great game, the Davidson Oval grounds looked unreal, and we had great weather and a big crowd.

“In fact, this one was right up there with the crowds we saw at the first Old Boys match years ago and the canteen and bar did as well as they’ve ever done.

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