GALLERY: Sporting Year in Review - December

December 2: Matt and Max have a ton of fun: Matt Corben and Max Dodds put on a dogged 101-run seventh wicket partnership to lead Orange to a comfortable Mitchell Cricket Council colts victory, over Bathurst.

December 2: Moran takes rams by the horns: Parkes Spacemen half Dennis Moran will once again coach Western Division at the Country Rugby League Tier One Championship in 2014. Moran was the helm as the Rams returned to the top division in 2013, and lost in round one, 40-28 at the hands of Central Coast. CYMS Mick Sullivan will coach the under 18s.

December 4: Prize money increase announced: NSW Country Rugby League announces the prize money for the West Wyalong knockout will increase to $13000. The winner will pocket $8000, and the difference will be paid down to teams making the quarter finals.

December 5: Bush Blues announced: Three Western Zone players are named in the NSW Country team to contest the Australian Country Championships in Canberra, in 2014. Dubbo's Tim Cox and Parkes' Pat Rosser both return to the side, while Cowra's Joe Kershaw will make his debut for the Bush Blues.

December 6: Pearce to go around again: 2013 CWAFL first grade premiership winning coach Nathan Pearce is named as the Orange Tigers' 2014 mentor, despite speculation he might not take on the job again. Pearce outlines the will to continue developing both the club's juniors and seniors as his motivation to continue.

December 6: OPS state of mind: Orange Public School brings home its only state title for the year. The boys' softball team thumps Newport PS 12-0 in the final to secure the championship. OPS' boys' cricket team (3rd) and girls' netball team (7th) also made the PSSA state finals.

December 7: Colley re-signs: Warick Colley signs a 12-month contract with Orange CYMS, saying he wants to finish his glittering bush footy career on his own terms, rather than being forced into retirement by injury.

December 9: Orange put in a spin: Orange gets embarressed in its Western Zone Premier League/President's Cup game against the Blue Mountains. Set 162 for victory by the Cattle Dogs, Orange capitulates, after being 1-72 the Blue Bags lose 9-27, bowled out for 99.

December 10: Bone brings home silver: Orange's Edwina Bone and the Hockeyroos are unable to overcome a strong Netherlands team in the World League final, despite leading at the half-time. The Hockeyroos lead 1-0 at half-time before the Dutch scored 5 unanswered second half goals to take gold.

December 11: Four zone in on Bradman Cup: Four Orange players earn selection in the Western Zone under 16s Bradman Cup team. Tom Galvin, Hugh Britton and Daniel and James Donato all gain selection after strong performances for Mitchell. Cohen Schubert and Charlie Greer also earn selection in the WZ under 14s Kookaburra Cup team.

December 12: Games medal haul: The central west's Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games quartet, made up of Bathurst's Keelan Crawford and Orange's Dean Pallier, Sienna Boland and Luke Rout, brings home a combined haul of five medals. Rout wins two gold in athletics, while Crawford, Pallier and Boland all bring home silver in basketball.

December 12: Teams given an extra chance: The Orange District Cricket Association makes the decision to change the first grade, and third grade finals systems midway through the season. The original three team system makes way for a controversial four team, first versus fourth, second versus third system.

December 12: Bubb expands his belt collection: Sixteen-year-old Charlie Bubb adds to his trophy cabinet, defeating 21-year-old Charlie Thompson to win the World Kickboxing Association (WKA) Australia super welterweight title.

December 14: Trio of refs on the level: Orange touch football referees Tim Ah-See, Karl Youse and Alex Faulkner are all awarded their level four, state badges.

December 16: Litchfield leads the way: Charlie Litchfield knocks up a mature 67 to lead Orange to a comprehensive victory over Mudgee in the Mitchell Cricket Council colts competition.

December 16: Cavs end CYMS' unbeaten run: CYMS lose their first game of the season, by eight wickets, at the hands of Cavaliers. Richie Venner (73 not out) and James Ryan (61 not out) lead the way for Cavaliers.

December 17: Call surprises Ryan: Ryan Bushel-Keegan is named in the Australian team to contest the Trans-Tasman Test Squash Series in Palm Beach in 2014.

December 17: CYMS name coaches: Mick Sullivan will once again captain-coach CYMS' premier league team in 2014. He'll be joined on the coaching staff by Luke Morris (reserve grade), Des Knight and Kyran Bubb (under 18s). Matt King is also awarded a life membership to the club.

December 18: DFA rules out visit to Orange: Deaf Football Australia rules out a visit to Orange in 2014, despite having visitied the town for several years previously. DFA says costing is the problem.

December 21: Ah-See's title fight confirmed: Sam Ah-See has his bid to host his Australian National Boxing Federation light middleweight title bout in Orange confirmed. The fight is scheduled for February 21, 2014.

December 23: CYMS break the drought: CYMS ends its 30-year title drought with a 63-run in over Cavaliers in the Orange District Cricket Association limited overs final. Sam Dwyer snares 4-19 in a man-of-the-match performance for the green and golds. Orange City wins the lower grade Twenty20 final by one wicket over Wanderers.

December 23: Orange wins again: 2013-14 becomes Orange's most successful representative season in recent memory, after the Blue Bags win their second Western Zone Premier League game, over Cowra by 91-runs. Richie Venner leads the way for Orange with 84 not out and 4-11.

December 23: Sons overcome Dads: The Sons defeat the Fathers by 29-runs in the inaugural Father-Son clash at Wade Park.

December 24: The wait is over: After weeks of speculation Tim Mortimer finally resigns with Hawks as captain-coach for the 2014 season.

December 26: Muller's rapid rise: CYMS junior Harrison Muller is selected in the NSW 'Emerging Blues' squad for a camp in January, 2014.

December 28: Madie's bulging resume: Madie Smith adds more international experience to her already impressive hockey resume, attending the Hockey Australia National Futures Camp in Canberra, and taking on the Japanese under 18s team.

December 31: Blackheath at Group 10s mercy: After being ejected from the 2014 Group 10 rugby league season, Blackheath lodge an appeal with NSW Country Rugby League to be reinstated. It is revealed despite the appeal, Group 10 will make the ultimate decision on the Blackcats.


"After last year's debacle I'm pretty sure the executive were thinking we might not even have a first grade team. So to have all these new players come through and have all this happening, it's just incredible" - CYMS stand in skipper Hamish Finlayson after ending his club's 30-year title drought.


1. CYMS coaches named for 2014

2. League is Toby's number one

3. Mortimer heading to Temora?

4. KInross doubles up for regatta success

5. Orange in a spin: sensational collapse hands Blue Mountains win

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