ORANGE City has fallen excruciatingly short of having a team in all four Blowes Clothing Cup grand finals this Saturday.
The club already had sides in the first grade, second grade and colts deciders, and members were hopeful third grade would join them after last Saturday’s preliminary final.
It wasn’t to be and Orange City lost to Dubbo Kangaroos 31-28 in Parkes.
“We’re very disappointed,” Lions third grade coach Josh Tremain said.
“We were in it right to the end but made a few silly errors which let them in.
“It was very disheartening to lose. The boys were pretty gutted.”
Orange City was leading 16-6 at one point during the game, but the Kangaroos were able to fight back.
“Their experience shone through,” Tremain said of the Roos.
“They kept it in the forwards and used the rolling maul.”
Tremain commended his players for their determined effort during a hot day in Parkes.
Dubbo will take on Orange Emus in this Saturday’s third grade decider at Pride Park.
Emus took out the third grade minor premiership this year and Tremain is backing the home side to come out on top in the one that counts.
“I think Emus will be too strong,” he said.
“Emus will apply too much pressure to them. In saying that, there won’t be much in it.”
This was Tremain’s first season coaching and, although still upset by the loss yesterday, he hadn’t ruled out taking on the role again.
“I’d like to coach again. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would,” he said.
The Blowes Clothing Cup grand finals will be played at Orange’s Pride Park this Saturday.
DUBBO KANGAROOS 31 defeated ORANGE CITY 28 (Nick Foliaki, James Alexander, Tatafu Na’aniumotu tries; Anthony Salmon 2 conversions, 3 penalty goals).