Hopper’s one game away from a Home Grand Final

Quirindi hosted the first semi-final on the weekend playing against the Kootingal Roosters. Quirindi started strong with a try to Brad Vidler out wide but the conversion was unsuccessful. The Hopper’s were putting pressure on the Rooster’s line eventually cracking their line out wide to take the score to 8-0.
Kootingal started to get good field position eventually scoring to bring the score back to 8-4. The Hopper’s defence was starting to tire with Kootingal scoring to level the scores 8-8.
Kootingal were rolling forward scoring two more times before half time to take a lead of 20-8 at half time. Hopper’s coach Mark Austin gave his team a wakeup call in the sheds at half time. The Hopper’s listened and came out and scored early in the second half with a try to Chris Darlington to bring the score back to 20-4. The Hopper’s crowd started to get behind them with another great try under the post to Nick O’Leary with the conversion successful from Josh Critteden to level the game at 20-20. Kootingal were not finished yet, with repeated sets of six on the Hopper’s line. Quirindi finally cracked allowing Kootingal to score out wide to again take the lead 24-20.
The Hopper’s were not giving up with their forward pack gaining easy metre’s led by Damian Allan. The Hopper’s finally broke through Kootingal’s line with another try to Brad Vidler, conversion unsuccessful levelling the scores 24-24.
The Hopper’s crowd was becoming very vocal and Quirindi’s forward pack was making easy yards. With only minutes left on the clock Josh Critteden dived over the line and converted his own try to take the lead 30-24. Kootingal had one last ditch effort but the Hopper’s defence stood tall to keep the final score at 30-24.
The Hopper’s now travel to Barraba next Saturday and the winner will advance and host the grand final. We are asking all Grasshopper’s supporters to travel to Barraba and support their team as they try and bring the grand-final to Quirindi so get behind the mighty Hopper’s 2013.

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