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Blues book their spot in first grade grand final

Narrabri to play in first grand final in 26 years

After its 42-28 preliminary final win against Gunnedah at Kitchener Park on Sunday, this group of players became the first Narrabri Blues first grade team to qualify for a grand final since 1991. Back, Brenton Cochrane, Brendan Davey, Brodie Rumsby, Mitch Dening, Jacob Nichols, Toby Bentley, Jake Rumsby, Daniel Howe, Daniel Jobson, Hayden Bell, middle, Justin Knight, Jed Smith, Isaiah Adams, Adam Rooney, Sam Sadler, Sean Russ, Lachlan Cameron (holding supporter Ally Cameron), front, supporters Costa and Dechlan Rooney.

What a difference two weeks makes.

In round 15 it was heartbreak for the Narrabri Blues, when the club’s first grade side let a major semi-final spot slip through their grasp with a Kitchener Park loss against Gunnedah.

With that defeat, the possibility of a home grand final was also lost.

After leading at several stages in that match, at one stage by eight points, it was a contest which coach John Rumsby and his men knew that they should have won.

Two weeks later and Narrabri players, officials and fans left Kitchener Park with feelings of jubilation, excitement, and anticipation.

Inspired by two-try hero Brenton Cochrane (pictured left), the Blues downed the Bulldogs 42-28 to cement their place in the 2017 Group Four First Division first grade grand final.

In that match the side will take on North Tamworth Bears at ‘Bear Park’, Jack Woolaston Oval.

The Blues have already beaten North Tamworth twice from three attempts this season.

At Kitchener Park, the lead changed between Narrabri and Gunnedah several times throughout the match.

But from the hour-mark onwards Narrabri dominated, following a very tight first 60 minutes.

The Blues outscored the home side 18-6 to take the score from 24-22 to 42-28.