The Final 4 in the Shield Competition were as follows
MINOR SEMI FINAL
The minor semi final was played at Quirindi on Saturday 28th July 2012 between 2011 Minor $ Major Premiers Barraba and Quirindi.
The Barraba Bulldogs got away to a flying start leading 18-0 at half time but could not do a thing right in the second half to go down to the flying Quirindi Grasshoppers 32-24. Quirindi now moves onto the Final where they will play the looser of the Major semi final between Wessis Creek and Kootingal on Saturday 12th August 2012
QUIRINDI 32 Lachlan Wilcox 2, Steve Nean 2, Luke Austin, Josh Rushby tries Josh Crittenden 4 goals d Barraba 24 Shaun Spence, Michael Rutherford, Brendam Mclrick, Pat Akers, Craig McAdam tries Michael Rutherford 2 goals.
MAJOR SEMI FINAL
At Werris Creek Saturday 5th August 2012. Kickoff at 2.30pm
Werris Creek v Kootingal
In the Wests Shield Competition Major Semi final at Werris Creek on Saturday, Werris Creek defeated Kootingal 28-16. Scores seesawed throughout through out the game with Werris Creek holding to their lead over the last 10 minutes of the game.
Kootingal opened the scoring in the first minute of play with a converted try to go to a 6-0 lead. Werris Creek hit back with 3 tries while Kootingal scored a try in the last few minutes to make the half time score 14-10 in favour of Werris Creek.
Kootingal opened the scoring in the second half with a converted try to take a 16-14 lead. Werris Creek proved too strong in the second half scoring a converted try in the last minute of play to run out winners 28-16
Werris Creek will now host the Grand Final on Saturday week while Kootingal will play Quirindi at Kootingal next Saturday with the winner of that game going on to play Werris Creek in the Grand Final.
FINAL Saturday 11th August 2012 at Kootingal 2.30pm
Kootingal v Quirindi
In an enthralling game of Rugby League Kootingal came from behind in the last few minutes to defeat Quirindi 22-20 in the shield final at Kootingal on Saturday.
Quirindi opened the scoring in the first few minutes with a try to Steve Nean. Kootingal replied with a try to Daniel Sullivan to make score 4 all. Then Quirindi went on a try scoring spree with tries to Steve Nean, Brae McCudden and Lachlan Wilcox to make the half time score 20-4 in favour of Quirindi. Kootingal were playing like a team playing their first game of the season while Quirindi were playing like a well oiled machine.
In the second half the real Kootingal team came out to play scoring 4 unanswered tries through Anthony Smith, Mick Dormer 2 and Mitch Dines to run out winners 22-20. Kootingal did not get to the lead until the 74th minute of the game when Mick Dormer scored his second try. In the final 6 minutes Quirindi threw everything at Kootingal in an effort to get the winning try but the Kootingal defence was rock solid. In the final 2 minutes Quirindi were awarded 4 penalties centimetres from the try line but decided to go for the win instead of taking the shot at goal for the draw.
Werris Creek had a fairytale finish to their centenary year with a 44-0 victory over Kootingal in Saturdays Grand Final. In cold windy conditions the Magpies were just too strong for the Roosters on the day. Their previous three encounters this year had all ended in great battles with the final scores being very close.
However on Saturday Werris Creek were fast out of the blocks and were never in danger. Cody Tickle scored their first try after 5 minutes play followed by tries to Phil Beaton and Rob Symington to go to half time leading 16-0.
A minute into the second half and Rob Symington scored his second try and after that it was just a matter of by how much Werris Creek would win by. Rob Symington scored another try and converted it to earn a much deserved Man of the Match award.
It was a great day for Werris Creek and long serving coach Ron Della.
Other Group 4 Second Division awards presented group 4 President Barry Pratten were the Top Point Scorer to Josh Crittendon of Quirindi, Leading Try Scorer Anthony Smith of Kootingal and 2012 Best & Fairest Player to Joe Latham of Bingara.