All-Star game a big hit

11-07-2018 by admin

ALL STARS: Port Augusta pair Colin Liddel and Tony Hocking after the weekend’s history rugby league All-Star clash in Port Augusta.

THE SGRL Indigenous All Starstook on the Spencer Gulf Rugby league’s best last weekend, in a unique local sporting showcase in Port Augusta.

SGRL v Indigenous Stars

It was a historic weekend for Rugby League in regional South Australia.

The SANRL began its origin scheduling in recent seasons, and local competition is was of the first in the state to hold representative clashes last weekend.

It was a festival atmosphere at ETSA Oval on Saturday night, with Central Football Club regulars treated to some high-quality sport of a different kind.

Port Augusta Goannas’ women’s side playeda supporting match prior to main event, which also generated a lot of interest.

It was the Port Augusta Goannas women’sfirst ever game, and it was played against the Masters team, theSA CrowKnees.

SANRL scouts were present and have reportedly included local women in their 2016 SA squad.

The main contest saw the SGRL side defeat the Indigenous All Stars 60-22, but the result was only aminor detail ofthe historic occasion.

Seven players from the game were selected to playfor South Australia in the coming months, including Port Augusta Goannas players Kiran McPherson, Michael Hudson and Dwayne Kemp.

The association’s next origin event happens later in the year, when players from the Spencer Gulf league will be among the State All-Stars tournament in Adelaide.

Players will represent British, Indigenous, New Zealand, Pacific and World sides.

Meanwhile, the local competition continues this weekend, with arch-rivals Port PirieDevils hosting local side Port AugustaGoannas.

The contest provides a huge opportunity for Port Augusta, which sits third just two point behind Port Pirie Devils.

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