A POLISHED second-half performance was enough for the Orange City Lions under 17s to come away from Endeavour Oval with a 24-18 grand final victory over Dubbo Blue last Saturday.
Neither side took the ascendancy out of the opening period, with the score locked at 13-all.
But it was the Lions in the second stanza who rose to the occasion, with a Jack Aumuller try and two successful penalties off the boot of Matt Dalton guiding the 2013 minor premiers to this year’s major title.
In a year that’ll see a number of the Lions finish up their Central West Junior Rugby Union careers now as premiers, co-coach Tony Dalton was understandably thrilled with the victory.
“Absolutely. It’s the last year for a number of the boys, they’ll go up and play colts or not play at all with Year 12 on,” Dalton said.
“A lot of them had played since under 8s and never played in a grand final let alone won one. We also had three boys in their first year at the club and they were all instrumental in the win.
“It was a great team effort.”
Matt Dalton was strong with the boot for the Lions, kicking four penalty goals and a conversion in the six-point win.
The side’s coach said, in a see-sawing grand final, the Lions’ ability to keep the score ticking over proved crucial.
“I think it was a pretty even contest, we just held our nerve a little better in that second half,” Tony Dalton said.
“Dubbo kicked the ball out on the full a couple of times and we were able to work off of our scrum and build momentum that way.
“They had a last minute flurry there towards the end but our second half was great.”