Last year’s first grade premiers, Camden Rams, have continued their impressive start to the year after a close win over Thirlmere Roosters on Saturday. The 32-30 victory also sees the Rams remain unbeaten in 2017.
Thirlmere’s Adam Campbell opened the scoring after just five minutes before Inno Inosesio – who eventually succumbed to injury – expanded the Roosters lead four minutes later.
The Rams hit back 15 minutes later before the Roosters scored and extended their lead to 16-6 shortly after.
Camden hit back just before halftime to head into the break trailing 16-10.
The Rams scored the first two tries of the second half – including one to former Wests Tigers player Shannon McDonald. Both sides continued to trade tries until McDonald sealed the win with only a few minutes remaining in the match.
Thirlmere assistant coach Nathan Sutton told Group 6 League Live after the game his side was competitive, and they would take plenty from the game having played the majority of the match with limited interchange players.
Sutton said his side was still finding their feet in the competition.
He said as the season progressed and players like former NRL player Jacob Loko returned to the field, they would be better.
Campbelltown City Kangaroos joined the Rams on top of the table after a 36-18 win over Narellan Jets in Claymore on Sunday afternoon. The Jets led 12-6 at halftime but a flurry of points in the second half saw the Kangaroos secure a comfortable victory.
Fullback Jett Karam was the Kangaroos best and continually caused havoc.
Narellan coach Shayne McMenemy would have been frustrated with the lack of possession from his side in the second half.
The other round three matches saw Picton Magpies record their first win of the season, with a 28-14 victory over Oakdale at Victoria Park, while Mittagong continued to impress with an 18-4 win over The Oaks at Mittagong Sportsground.
In reserve grade Mittagong and The Oaks played out a 6-all draw, Camden beat Thirlmere 30-10, Picton made light work of Oakdale 44-0 and Campbelltown recorded an easy 38-16 win over Narellan.
In the under-18s competition Moss Vale beat Mittagong 16-12, Thirlmere overcame Camden 22-18, Picton beat Mount Annan/Oakdale 42-24 and Narellan got the better of Campbelltown 38-10.
The league tag competition saw The Oaks beat Mittagong 14-4, Thirlmere overcome Camden 22-18, Narellan emerge victorious over Campbelltown 24-8 and Oran Park disposed of Oakdale 80-0.