Haunting semi sees Goldies and Devils face off

Written by: The Hilltops Phoenix

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IMAGE: Boorowa Goldies and Devils progress to the next elimination semi final.

Boorowa Goldies coach Andrew Corcoran admits to a nervous start to the elimination semi final against the Young Yabbies last Saturday. However spirits brightened after the bumpy start,and reflected on their homeground scoreboard.

After the Yabbies crossed early, the Devils then ran away with three consecutive tries before half time, going into the sheds leading 21-7.

“We had that fear of ‘oh no, not again’”, Corcoran said after their elimination semi loss to the Yabbies last year.

“By the time the scoreline was 35 to 17, we felt in control. Then my brother Tim [Corcoran] scored in the corner. We did the job and it felt good.”

He said there was a feeling of relief in the sheds after. “We know we’ve got a great team. We live to fight another day,” he said.

“It’s good to get over the first hurdle. Now we’re looking forward to next week.”

After beating Harden a couple of times this season, they’ve got a plan with a few surprises.

Corcoran said it should be good to watch.

On the same afternoon, Cootamundra Tri Colours beat Harden Red Devils in a bitter loss for the Hilltops boys.

Harden led with a 10 point lead at half time, but it was the last six minutes of the game when it started to unravel.

Penalties were 16 to 2 in the second half, with Devils captain Jack Alcorn saying every time they got the ball it was lost.

“It was very, very tough. It’s a bitter loss,” he said.

The boys were disappointed, but are working towards their second chance against the Goldies.

“We’re prepared. We’ll be treating it as though it’s a grand final,” Alcorn said.

“The Goldies are very clinical. We’ve really got to execute set pieces.”

Harden Red Devils take on the Boorowa Goldies in Boorowa on Saturday in the second semi final in this year’s Oilsplus South West Cup.

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