Tullibigeal Lake Cargelligo is the first team into the preliminary final in Group 20 First Grade after a back and forth encounter with Darlington Point Coleambally.
The game featured seven lead changes and hung in the balance until the final siren when DPC’s Josh Veivers missed a chance to draw the sides level to give the Sharks a 26-24 win.
The Sharks started the scoring early when Robert Simpson found his way across the line to give his side a 4-0 lead.
Nick Briggs scored for the Roosters, and with Veivers kicking the conversion DPC had the lead, but it didn’t last long as Jarrod Cahill found his way across the line.
The Roosters did head into the break with the lead after tries to Danny Williams and Luke Hogan which gave them an 18-12 lead at halftime.
The Sharks came back out from the break looking to make a quick impact, and they did with Matt Toole finding a way through the Roosters defence.
With 26 minutes to go Lakes’ standout player in Cahill found his way across for his second of the match.
Coach James Williams was full of praise for the big winger.
“He is unreal,” he said
“When the team is lacking a bit of go forward and a bit of solid stiffness he comes in.
“He is the best winger in the comp. He can really lay a platform, and you can build off the back of him.”
The Roosters refused to give in as Nick Briggs crossed to give his side a two-point lead.
However, a dropped bomb from Veivers would prove to be the deciding moment with Keanu Wighton capitalising on the mistake to pounce on the loose ball and score the game winning try with seven minutes remaining.
One concern for the Sharks is Williams who came off with an injured hamstring, but he is confident he will be right come next week.
“I wouldn't even give myself 50-50 I'm 90 per cent chance of playing next week,” he said.
“It's the first hammy I have ever done so I just can't believe it I guess it comes with getting old.”
The Sharks will now make the trip to Leeton next weekend looking to get into the grand final and defend their title.
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