Gunnedah’s league tag side’s hard work over the pre-season came to fruition in the Bulldogs’ first game of the season on Sunday.
Taking on an under-strength Narrabri side, Gunnedah crossed for 11 tries to score a 60-6 victory.
“Everything we’ve done over the off-season leading up has paid off in that first game,” Gunnedah coach Bob Price said.
“There’s still a long way to go, it’s only the first game, but they did what we were trying to achieve and came away with a good win.
“Narrabi were short-staffed, they had a few out, but they went well as a team.”
The Bulldogs led 32-0 at half-time before going on with the job in the second stanza.
Zoe Fleming led the way on the try-scoring side of things with three four-pointers.
Carys Griffiths and Nautica Eather grabbed doubles while Maddy Adams, Laura Fulwood, Chelsea Campbell and Tarryn Heinrich also scored tries.
Campbell also kicked three goals while Khobi Devine nailed five conversions.
However, the scoring prowess wasn’t what Price was most pleased about following the match.
“They’re moving off the line a lot better and they’re playing a much straighter game rather than running across field and not making as many metres,” Price said.
In the under 18s clash, the Bulldogs fought out a 18-all draw with the Blues.
The Bulldogs crossed for four tries to Narrabri’s three in the match at Kitchener Park.
Oscar King, Izaiah Talbott-Hatch, Liam Ireland and Sam Hibbert all crossed for Gunnedah with Hayden Baker kicking the lone conversion.
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