ORANGE City’s under 15s side has had its hopes of a Central West Rugby Union junior premiership dashed after going down 14-10 in the grand final against Wellington last Saturday.
Down by four points but on the attack nearing the end of the decider, the junior Lions had two tries disallowed in the final three minutes as their chance of a title slipped away at Endeavour Oval.
Lions co-coach Peter Stewart said his team was shattered following the match, but praised the boys’ sportsmanship amid the disappointment.
“We’re very proud of the boys,” Stewart said.
“They all played pretty well. We were the best side all year, the best side on grand final day but we don’t have the trophy to prove it. It’s just one of those things.
“It’s only a game of footy. We’ll move on to cricket season now.”
Skipper and inside centre Lachlan Stewart was a stand-out for the minor premiers, as was prop Josh White and hooker Darcy Holmes.
Vice-captain and No.8 Mitch Winslade was also a handful for the Wellington defence, while Daniel Connors secured a lot of both Lions ball and his opposition’s in the line-out.
Their efforts, however, were all in vein as Wellington went on to claim this year’s prize by less than a converted try.
“We’ve got to congratulate Wellington on the win. We look forward to continuing the rivalry with them over the years,” Stewart said.