ORANGE is doing something right when it comes to rugby union.
Orange clubs took out all four Blowes Clothing Cup minor premierships this season.
Orange City finished on top in first grade, second grade and colts, while Orange Emus were the best in third grade.
Emus also qualified for the second grade semi-finals, as did the Lions in third grade.
Add to this, Orange City took out the region’s senior and junior club championships.
It is the first time in the club’s history they have won the senior and junior club championships in the same year.
“It’s been a phenomenal year,” Orange City first grade hooker Josh Tremain said.
Emus third grade coach George Last noted a special moment after last weekend’s derby.
“I thought it was quite interesting that we had all the minor premiers in the same clubhouse last week,” Last said.
“Orange is certainly pretty strong. You look at Dubbo. It’s a bigger place and they’re only just carrying Roos, and Rhinos have one team.”
Tremain said the key to City’s success this season has been the camaraderie on and off the field.
“Everyone wants to help out, pitch in and play for one another,” Tremain said.
“That mateship is one of the vital keys. We’ve had a good time on and good time off the field.”
The former Central West representative said there was also strong player depth at Orange City, and it started from the juniors.
“When the colts come through, there’s good players coming up,” he said.
“That’s a big credit to the junior staff and the job they’re doing with the players.”
All the minor premiership teams will have a rest this week while the preliminary semi-finals are played.
They’ll get ready for the major semi-finals at Orange’s Pride Park tomorrow week.
Last said Emus had plenty of experience with former first graders Stu Brisbane, Matt Kennedy, Geoff Potts, Mark Kingham, Nick Tarleton and himself, joined by new recruits Sam McRae, James Millner and Tim Lowe.
Emus may have finished on top on the third grade ladder but Last doesn’t think his side are the favourites.
“I know we beat them well in the last round but I think Orange City will be tough coming into the finals,” Last said.
“Also Dubbo Roos, you can’t discount them. I think we’re probably third in line, so we’ve got a bit of work to do.”
Tremain and Last said it would be nice to see all four premiership trophies in Orange in a couple of weeks.
“We’ve got to finish the job now,” Tremain said.
In tomorrow’s qualifying semi-finals at Parkes, Orange City will take on Dubbo Kangaroos in third grade.
In second grade on Sunday, Emus go up against Dubbo Roos in the elimination semi-final.