GALLERY: Sporting Year in Review - July

July 1: Hawks do it the hard way: A second-half Jake Hurford double helps Orange Hawks overcome a 14-point half-time deficit to defeat the Mudgee Dragons 28-26 and stay atop the Group 10 Premier League ladder. The two-blues come from 20-6 behind at half time, and run in four tries to one in the second half to snatch the win.

July 1: Pat's remember 'true mate': Group 10, and Bathurst S Pat's in particular, mourn the tragic death of hooker Brendon Collits. Collits passed away after a car accident, en route to training from home town Forbes.

July 1: Jesse and Ryan make a racket: Jesse Keegan and Ryan Bushel-Keegan take on international competition at the Milo All-Stars in Malaysia, finishing 17th and 13th in their respective divisions. The pair also finish 24th and 17th respectively in the Malaysian Junior Open.

July 2: Country calling: Orange junior rugby league stars Ryan Griffin Jedd Kennedy feature in the NSW Country under 16s squad named for a three week long tour of New Zealand.

July 2: Orange girls in a right state: Orange's Katie Wilson, Rachel Divall, Haley Butcherine and Madie Smith all gain selection into the NSW All-School Hockey Merit Squad after competing at the NSW All School Tri-Series Hockey Championship. Divall, Butcherine and Smith all represented eventual winners Combined High Schools.

July 3: Orange's big guns: Orange Pistol Club shooters Dave Oates and Dean Brus are named to represent to Australia for the third time in 2013 WA1500 World Championships, in Perth.

July 4: Blayney state of mind: Blayney's under 14 girls' netball team wins its first ever NSW State Age Championship, going through the competition undefeated. Blayney's other teams, the under 12s and 13s, finished 9th and 11th respectively.

July 6: Just a big kid: Waratahs' and Wallabies' hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau is in Orange, to run a Camp Waratah event at Kinross Wolaroi School. Polota-Nau overlooks sessions with upwards of 160 kids.

July 8: Points to prove: Orange City debunks the 'one man team' theory by destroying the Forbes Platypi 37-7, without try-scoring machine Sione 'Junior' Lafou, extending the Lions' unbeaten streak to 31 games.

July 8: McAlpine dominates: Ben McAlpine ends with a 20-point haul in CYMS' win 38-30 over the Cowra Magpies with a hat-trick of tries, and five conversions. Former French international front rower Romaric Bemba also debuts for the green and golds in the game.

July 9: Josh claims the title: Eleven-year-old Josh Dominello wins his first Australian Junior Dirt Track title in the 9-11 years 85cc 2 stroke/150 4 stroke division, despite coming off his bike in an early heat.

July 10: Pearls of wisdom: Eliza and Bernadette Mills are named in the Australian Pearls squad to contest the INAS World Basketball Championships in Turkey, in October.

July 11: Surprised State: Kinross-CYMS striker Chloe Barrett gains selection in the NSW under 15s girls' hockey team, after representing Orange at the State Championships in June.

July 11: Taking the bull by the horns: NSW Country Second coach Dave Elvy praises CYMS winger Cody Robbin's performance in his debut for the Bulls, saying Robbins impressed in the six-point loss to Western Australia, despite a head knock early in the game.

July 12: Hollywood's starring role: Former Hockeyroo Kate Hollywood visits Orange Hockey Centre to overlook upwards of 50 kids at the NSW Country Hockey Clinic.

July 15: Emus flight: Orange Emus winger Graydon Staniforth scores an injury time try, from a quick tap after a penalty, to secure the greens a 20-17 win over the Dubbo Kangaroos.

July 16: Pooling talents: City of Orange Swim Club's Craig Morgan is named in the Australian Deaflympics swimming squad, for the third time. Morgan represented Australia at the 2005 and 2009 Deaflympics. COO head coach John Davies is also named Australia's head coach, his first time representing his country. David Hayward will also represented Australia, having been named as captain of the tenpin bowling team.

July 17: National champions return all smiles: Orange's Madie Smith and Rachel Dival help NSW to the Australian under 18s girls' hockey championship, in Canberra, going through the tournament undefeated.

July 18: Aplin takes step into big leagues: Orange netballer Mardi Aplin is selected to make her Australia Netball League debut with the Canberra Darters after winning the Canberra State League with club side Arawang on July 5.

July 19: Play on: referees resolve dispute: After taking a stand earlier in the month, and refusing to appoint referees to any Central West Rugby Union games, the CW Referees Association and the CWRU board finally come to an agreement, forcing all clubs to sign off on, and accept all responsibilities outlined in a code of conduct and accept any punishment if they should then breach said code of conduct.

July 22: Same old story in State League: Orange starts its quest for an 18th straight State League title with two wins, over Bathurst A (65-38) and Bathurst B (91-21). Without the likes of Mardi Aplin, Sinead Bradley and Chloe Madden, Nat Carthew and Lauren Williams star for Orange.

July 23: President's pardon: Mitchell Cricket Council's traditional President's Cup weekend is scrapped, in favour of a round robin tournament to be played throughout the season, culminating in a final in early 2014.

July 30: Senior moment - Payne fast-tracked into Aussie team: Duntryleague golfer Robert Payne gains selection in the Golf Australia senior team to compete at the 2013 Sanctuary Cover Trophy, despite not having played a senior's event. Senior's golf events are restricted to those over 55, and at the time Payne was still a month out from his 55th birthday.


"There is a lot on the line, we know Lithgow are going to give it to us so we'll give it back to them as well" - Orange Hawks captain-coach Tim Mortimer, looking ahead to a top-of-the-table clash with Lithgow Workies.


1. VOTE NOW: People's Choice Team of the Year; 2. Smith, Divall all smiles after golden fortnight; 3. CYMS' French connection; 4. Referee quits game at half time; 5. All work, no play for Bemba.

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