Bowral Blacks win all three grades against Shoalhaven at home

Once again, the Bowral Blacks completed a clean sweep, beating Shoalhaven in all three grades at home.

All Bowral teams managed to pile on plenty of points to keep the home fans cheering throughout the afternoon at Eridge Park.

In first grade the Blacks finished with a 41-10 win.

Blacks head coach Gene Fairbanks said it was a good performance from his team and while it was not the most entertaining game to watch, he was impressed by Bowral’s defence, line speed and the breakdown.

Bowral now sits in second spot on the ladder, just four points behind competition leaders Avondale.

While they are assured of a place in the finals, Fairbanks said the club wanted to push for the minor premiership in first grade.

Whether they can achieve this will also depend on other results going their way but Fairbanks was confident they could at least finish second.

In second grade, the Blacks put in another solid performance to beat Shoalhaven 51-10.

Now having welcomed plenty of players back from injury, Fairbanks said there was plenty of depth in the side and he was pleased with “everything” he saw on the field in Saturday’s match.

“They’re just moving forward in leaps and bounds. It’s going to take a very good side to beat them,” he said.

Bowral sits in third spot on the ladder and will be hoping to win the remaining games this season to once again play finals footy.

Third grade had a 20-10 win over Shoalhaven on Saturday and Fairbanks said the victory came off the back of some great defence.

It was a strong win against the competition leaders and the Blacks will need to continue that form in the coming weeks to ensure they make it through to the finals.

Currently the Blacks sit in fourth spot with 43 points.

Fifth-placed Shamrocks are also on 43 points and Avondale in sixth place are just behind on 41 points.

“They’ve got to keep winning,” Fairbanks said.

Bowral will have this weekend off before returning to Eridge Park on August 18 to take on Camden.

“The guys are tired. It’s been a long season and they’ve worked so hard. It’s timely to give them a bit of a rest,” Fairbanks said.

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