Rugby league rains cats and dogs

Candelo-Bemboka captain-coach Jake McDonald, pictured being wrapped up by Narooma in the Nines Tournament, will lead the Panthers in a 50-year commemorative round on Saturday. IT WILL be a battle of the big cats when the Panthers take on the Tigers this weekend, while the Bega Roosters are tackling another squad of dogs.

Celebrating a historic 50th anniversary, the Candelo-Bemboka outfit will wear special jerseys and play on the Candelo field when they welcome Batemans Bay on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Roosters are off to Bombala to take on the reformed Blue Heelers.

For the Panthers, the day will commemorate 50 years since winning the Group 16 premiership in 1965 and begin with a reunion at the Candelo Town Hall from 11am.

“The Candelo community welcomes all interested in rugby league, including locals and the opposition to attend the reunion of the green and golds,” Panthers club president Dave Allen said.

The reserve grade Panthers will don green and gold jerseys representing the former Candelo club, while the Batemans Bay Tigers will wear black and white stripes representing Bemboka.

All the jerseys from the day will be auctioned following the games at the Candelo Hotel from 6.30pm.

Matches start at 1.30pm with the Pink Panthers league-tag outfit taking on their sister-club, the Merimbula-Pambula Hot Doggies.

“We had a few girls away in the last round due to commitments, but they’re back and looking forward to a good game,” Allen said.

The Pink Panthers will be looking to get their first win on the board in their debut season.

The headline round for the Panthers will be the reserve grade clash against the Bay Tigers at 2.30pm.

The squad will be looking to shake off a loss to Eden in the last round and put on a strong showing for the anniversary round.

The combined Panthers-Bulldogs first grade will play the Bay Tigers at 4pm.

In the Roosters’ pen, the Wayne Northey-led reserve grade outfit will have an extended break with a bye round.

The under 18s will take on Cooma, but will break away from the rest of the club to play in Eden at the George Brown Memorial Oval from 10.30am on Sunday.

The strong Bega Chicks outfit is confident on the back of two straight wins over the Pink Panthers and Hot Doggies.

However, it will take on the undefeated Bombala High Heelers.

The High Heelers boast some of the in-form players from previous Cooma Fillies’ rosters including Maree Ingram.

The Chicks will test the new High Heelers from 1.30pm on Sunday at Bombala.

The Roosters first grade outfit will also travel to Bombala to take on the reformed Blue Heelers.

The Ryan Apps-led squad will be looking to redeem itself after a loss to the Bulldogs, but is confident with the Blue Heelers yet to post a win.

The Heelers will also be without Leigh Hodak, who was suspended for a record season-and a-half after an on-field incident left an Eden player with a broken jaw.

The first grade clash kicks off at 2.30pm.

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