Bullets take aim at Plate

Triple try scorer and Bingara centre Tom Sheaves streaks away against Bendemeer with Adam Ruttley in pursuit during the final round of Second Division.BINGARA head into the Second Division Plate semi-final as dark horses after the Bullets finished the season strongly to wrap up third place and a home semi-final.

The Bullets ended their firstseason back in Group 4 and Second Division with a big 69-16 win at Bendemeer on Saturday,before hosting the hot and cold Quirindi Grasshoppers in the minor semi on Saturday.

After announcing a return to the competition early in the year, and with Joey Latham captain coaching the Bullets were always going to be competitive in the Plate, and after dropping four of the first five games the Bullets shot back through the competition in the remaining rounds to earn the home final.

Finishing strongly: Bingara captain coach Joey Latham gets around Bendemeer prop Rodney Rolls and will lead the side out at home in next weeks minor semi-final.

It will be the first final hosted at Bingara since 2009 and Latham said there is a god buzz around the town and the team are coming together at the right time of year.

The backs are certainly in good finishing form after having a field day at Bendemeer.

Five-eighth Travis Allen was the only run on back not to cross, while centres Tom Sheaves and Brandon Cutlack scored triples, as did winger Clayton Daley while no forwards or bench players found the line in the 13 try hiding.

“We are just coming together really well,” Latham said.

Graham Rampling offloads to lock Gav Williams as Bendemeer fullback Brandon Thrift takes out his legs in the Mountain Men’s final game.

“At the start of the season when we all came together we had a decent side.

“But it doesn’t happen overnight so it took a while to get going.”

Latham last wona grand final in 2013 with Barraba playing halfback, before retiring the following season only to pick up the boots again for his hometown this season.

Latham has been calling the shots from the back this season, while Brad Craddock and Allen fill the halves in a formidable backline that boasts size and speed, behind a hard working forward pack with plenty in the middle.

Graham Rampling

“We should be right next week,” Latham said.“Manilla got us but we beat Walcha up there and Quirindi.”

Walcha will host Manilla in the major semi-final last week after the pair finished five points clear of Bingara after big seasons from both clubs.

The Bullets are confident of beating Quirindi at home after winning two out of three meetings this year and a big home crowd expected, although the Grasshoppers do have an Xfactor.

Bullet winger Brendan Cutlack was on fire early at Bendemeer and picked up a three try haul in the big win as Bingara prepare for a home elimination final.

“We will be strong but you just don’t know with someone like Chris Vidler.

“He can just turn up and destroy any team on his day.”

The Hopper captain coach was last years First Division Player of the Yearand has turned Quirindi around this season after putting together a strong side.

Manilla will lay Barraba in the league tag minor final starting at 1.30pm.

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