All Abilities game steals the show at Gundagai

Everything that is good about rugby league was on show at Anzac Park on Sunday. 

In what was a big day of round 10 Group 9 action between the Gundagai Tigers and Wagga Brothers, the All Abilities match between the Tigers and Leprechauns stole the show. 

First graders and supporters clapped on the Mitch Goodsall captain/coached Tigers, and to the roar of the Anzac Park crowd, the teams battled out a thrilling 16-all draw. 

The game had everything, with players on both sides crossing for entertaining tries, while first-half referee Ben Whitby swapped the whistle for Chris Rainbow’s jersey in the second half.

Whitby even found himself in the bin for 10 minutes with Rainbow no doubt dishing out some tongue in cheek revenge on the popular Group 9 official,

Goodsall, who scored a try and was involved in some entertaining play, was thrilled to be playing on his home turf. 

“I will say it was a very proud moment to play in front of a packed crowd and how good it was that the first-graders clapped us out,” Goodsall said. 

“I think it would be great if there were more clubs involved.”

Youngster Riley Woods was one of Gundagai’s best, and he said he loved playing in front of a big and supportive Gundagai crowd. 

“It is really good playing, and it is a really good experience being out there, and just having fun in front of a great crowd,” Woods said. 

All Abilities rugby league is an NRL initiative that makes the sport open to anyone, and Woods was really happy to see a different range of people playing the game they all love.

“It is just so awesome that everyone gets that experience because they don’t get to do that usually,” Woods said. 

“I think it’s great.”

Woods, who stressed that he is a proud Tumut Blue, did joke it was the only time he wore the Black and Gold colours, but he was thankful for the chance, with the Gundagai Tigers offering opportunities to players from all over the region. 

“I only put it on once a year, but it is good to play for another team and I enjoy it a lot,” Woods said. 

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