WESTERN will be out to improve on their 2012 results when they line up in this year’s NSW Primary Schools Sports Association under 11 boys’ rugby league championships from today.
The team had its final training session last week in Orange under the guidance of coach Tom Hodgson and manager Kyle Webb.
The boys were keen to pull their boots on at Hoxton Park for the three-day tournament.
The Western side includes players from Orange, Bathurst, Dubbo, Wellington, Rylstone, Mudgee, Gulgong, Forbes, Parkes, Cowra, Blayney and Condobolin.
Orange is represented by Ben Blimka and Mason Pollack, while Blayney’s Mayson McPaul is also part of the team.
Last year the team enjoyed one win at the PSSA event and finished last out of 11 sides.
This year they plan to do better.
There are four players returning from last year’s side.
The players agreed the team’s strength this year is its defence but they were quick to add they also have plenty in attack.
Western will take on Riverina, Polding and Sydney West today.
In tomorrow’s matches they line up against North West and Sydney South West.
Positional play-offs will be held on Thursday.
WESTERN: Cooper Whackett, Manassah Timu (Dubbo), Deakin Flick (Wellington), Brayden Turner, Jaylan Simpson (Cowra), Alex Lawrence, Mitchell Cooper, Logan Radzievic (Rylstone), David West (Gulgong), Ben Blimka, Mason Pollack (Orange), Mayson McPaul (Blayney), Jack Peckham (Forbes), Jarryd Walmsley (Condobolin), Josh Hanrahan (Glanmire), Nic Facchi (Parkes). Coach: Tom Hodgson. Manager: Kyle Webb.