THE Orange Hawks under 18s are one of just two sides to knock off the Cowra Magpies this season, with the two blues 12-4 win over the Magpies at Wade Park back in round nine the biggest win of their season.
Going into tomorrow’s Group 10 under 18s qualifying semi-final against Cowra, the eight-point triumph has given Jared Brodrick’s outfit the belief they can beat anyone.
“We were the first side to beat Cowra after they’d been undefeated for the first seven or eight weeks,” he said.
“It’s given the boys a bit of confidence.”
And while last week’s result, also against the Magpies, may have dented that confidence a little bit, Brodrick is hoping his side’s 36-0 loss to Cowra in the return game won’t harm his side’s shot at the premiership crown.
“We lost one of our front rowers during the week and then another during the game and then after that they were just a bit too big and a bit too strong for us through the middle,” Brodrick said.
“We’ve been doing on our ground work at training during the week. Hopefully we can slow them down to our pace at bit more on Sunday.”
The coach nominated Keegan Harding and skipper Travis Bubb as his side’s go-to players.
Hawks take on Cowra from 11.45am in Lithgow.
ORANGE HAWKS: 1 James Carr, 2 Mick Cooper, 3 Jayden Gibbs-O’Neill, 4 Liam Brodrick, 5 Keegan Swain, 6 Keegan Harding, 7 Tony Pellow, 8 Jacob Ayers, 9 Jake Blimka, 10 Max Wolfson, 11 Travis Bubb, 12 Jack Ryan, 13 Cameron Wensley; Bench: 14 Jordan Baker, 15 Glen Maxwell, 16 Matt Halls, 17 Ben Wells, 18 Jarrod Kennedy, 19 Mitch Maker, 20 Scott Radburn, 21 Jake Martin