Kooringal storm into Hardy Shield finals

RELENTLESS ATTACK: Kooringal’s Jaylem Byrnes takes a hit-up as they continually put the TRAC defence under pressure. Picture: Kieren L TillyKooringal High stormed into the semi-finals of the Hardy Shield with a convincing 34-6 win over The Riverina Anglican College (TRAC) at Parramore Park on Tuesday afternoon.

The six-tries-to-one effort bookeda date with Wagga High next week.

Check out our galleryKildare outlast MDCCIn a battle to determine the winner of Pool B –from which only oneteam qualifies forfinals –Kooringal was first on the scoreboard through backrower Zac Carl.

TRAC drew level through a converted try to Liam Delahunty but when Kooringal skipper Tyson Hodge powered over for a 12-6 half-time lead, it was ominous.

Schmetzer crossesCentre George Kendall set the tone with a powerful run to put TRAC on the backfoot and before the set of six was out, Brody Tracey was over.

As Kooringal forced errors, they capitalised on their chances with Kendall and then replacement winger Kyle Schmetzer scoring.

Sharp-shooting LeonA rampaging run from fullback Dylan Arragon continued the onslaught, as he crossed in the corner. And sharp-shooting Leon Carmichael’s conversion in the wind made it 34-6.

They looked like bringing up the big 40 when Deacon Smith streaked away, only to be called back after putting a foot into touch.

Smith’s great run but no try due to foot in touchSchool representative Tim Wykes said they’ll draw confidence from the game.

“It was a good team effort from all our players,” Wykes said. “When we have substitutes scoring tries, it’s a good result.”

Kooringal haven’t made the final since they won the Hardy Shield in 2012.


KOORINGAL 34 (Zac Carl, Tyson Hodge, Brody Tracey, George Kendall, Kyle Schmetzer, Dylan Arragon tries; Leon Carmichael 5 goals) TRAC 6 (Liam Delahunty try; John Downes goal).

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