Thirlmere Roosters wrap up Group 6 first grade minor premiership

The Thirlmere Roosters are minor premiers for 2019 following a dramatic finish to the Group 6 first grade season on the weekend.

The Roosters held on for a hard-fought 38-30 win over Camden Rams on Sunday afternoon in perfect conditions at Thirlmere Sportsground, securing the minor title in the process.

The Rams made life difficult for the Roosters as they threatened on several occasions to take the win on the road, but it wasn't to be for the Camden side.

Thirlmere opened the scoring after a tough 10-minute period when young centre Jesse Jackson crossed to open the account for the home side.

Jackson doubled down on his efforts minutes later, giving Thirlmere a 12-0 lead as the Rams trailed after dominating most of the opening period of play.

Dangerous backrower Jacob Loko then added his name to the score sheet, and the Roosters led 18-0.

Camden coach Scott Borg would have been frustrated, given his side had been threatening to create their own chance.

Josh Goulton finally opened the scoring for the visitors 12 minutes before half time.

Thirlmere's flying winger Sami Tawamacala then pounced on a loose ball in the Camden in-goal to give the Roosters a 24-6 lead six minutes before the break.

Experienced Rams five-eighth Chris Browne scored a nice try to get Camden back into the game at 24-12.

But Thirlmere's Justin Smith managed to score in the corner after the half-time siren to extend the Roosters' lead to 28-12.

Mitch New scored Thirlmere's first try 13 minutes into the second half, but the Rams weren't ready to roll over.

Cameron Oitmann kept their hopes alive with a try as the clock ticked over 60 minutes, before Jackson Willis scored minutes later.

Suddenly, Camden trailed by 32-24 and the top spot was up for grabs once again.

Thirlmere however, wasn't about to concede easily.

Adam Campbell scored a well-deserved try before a consolation try to Camden's Willis, his second of the day, saw the final score read 38-30 to the Roosters.

The result means Thirlmere has a week off and will head straight to the major semi-final.

Camden has the tougher path, meeting arch-rival Picton on Sunday in the qualifying semi-final at Dudley Chesham Oval. The Oaks Tigers will host Oakdale Workers in the second semi-final, also at Dudley Chesham Oval.

The other first grade results from the weekend saw Picton record an easy 56-4 win over Mittagong while Campbelltown City beat Narellan by 23-22, the team's first win of the season.

Reserve Grade:

Narellan 26 def Campbelltown City 24; Mittagong 26 def Picton 10; Camden 68 def Thirlmere 0; The Oaks 44 def Moss Vale 12.

Second Division:

Picton 42 def Bowral 6; Narellan 22 def Campbelltown City 16; Thirlmere 21 def Oran Park 0; Mount Annan 21 def Warragamba 0.


Picton 14 def Mittagong 4; Camden 24 def Thirlmere 16; Mount Annan/Oakdale 50 def Moss Vale 10.

Women's League:

Camden 22 def Thirlmere 0; Moss Vale 6 def Picton 4.

League Tag:

The Oaks 36 def City Gold 12; Narellan Blue 20 def City Blue 16; Camden 60 def Narellan White; Picton 18 def Mittagong 4.