TWO years ago Bathurst Panthers stunned Orange CYMS when they beat them in a Group 10 Junior Rugby League grand final, but on Saturday at Tony Luchetti Sportsground the green and golds had their revenge.
Back in 2011 CYMS had not lost a game before going down to Panthers in the decider, but in 2013, playing as under 14s, they led from the third minute and went on to post a 36-6 win.
It meant a second grand final defeat in as many years for the Panthers, but in truth the scoreline would have been kinder on Panthers were it not for four CYMS tries in the final 10 minutes.
Panthers and CYMS had been the two best performed teams during the regular season, but the Orange side went into the decider as favourites.
They had won the minor premiership without loss.
Motivating themselves with the twin catch cries of “discipline” and “sacrifice”, CYMS made a whirlwind start to the match with three tries in 11 minutes.
The first came after three minutes when fullback Mong Dut ran around the Panthers defence down the left wing and scored on the back of a length-of-the-field effort.
Just over three minutes later winger Mack Blowes’ effort in chasing a kick paid off as he won the foot-race to the ball then crossed in the left corner.
Then lock Brock Campbell showed the sort of determination which saw CYMS as the first side through to the grand final.
Moments after he was on the end of a nasty spear tackle he stepped his way through the Panthers defence to score.
Toby Westcott added the extras to make it 16-0 and from there Panthers did not recover.
They certainly tried, with Felix Quinn knocking on as he tried to charge over under the sticks from a penalty tap, while winger Kian Lord was reeled in by CYMS’ defence after taking an intercept.
Still trailing 16-0 as they headed into the second half, Panthers needed some inspiration.
Fearnley did his best to provide it as his tackle forced a CYMS knock-on from the kick-off, but his side struggled to complete their sets.
Panthers prop Riley Cheshire also tried to lift his team-mates with some strong runs and when halfback Braydon Wicks went over under the posts and converted his own try the Bathurst side had a sniff at 16-6.
They had 15 minutes left to reel in CYMS, but instead the Orange side lifted once more.
Halfback Westcott stepped his way through Panthers defence and ran away to score with 10 minutes left, his resulting conversion making the difference 16 points once more.
But to make sure they really killed off the contest, CYMS scored three more tries from their next three sets.
Barnstorming second rower Lach Navale got a double, with the other belonging to Dut as he capitalised on a strong Campbell run.
ORANGE CYMS 36 (Mong Dut 2, Lach Navale 2, Mack Blowes, Toby Westcott, Brock Campbell tries; Toby Westcott 4 goals) def BATHURST PANTHERS 6 (Braydon Wicks try; Braydon Wicks goal)