Orange City Lions have pride of place

THE accolades for Orange City just keep on coming.

The Lions have dominated the Central West Blowes Clothing Cup for the past two seasons, winning both premierships undefeated. Their unbeaten run stretches all the way back to round one of 2012.

In 2013, Orange City second graders won the corresponding premiership undefeated as well, while the Lions colts also lifted their respective trophy, only dropping one game during the season.

As such, it’s easy to see why Orange City Rugby Club was awarded the sporting organisation of the year award at yesterday’s Australia Day Sports Awards, which club president Steve Stone was on hand to accept.

“It’s fantastic,” Stone said.

“To get an award like this is quite wonderful, and unexpected as well. I suppose it’s in the back of your mind when you do so well, but [these awards] aren’t what it’s about. It is nice to get recognition for all the hard work though.”

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Stone said the award is a way to acknowledge those who put in effort, without the recognition.

“The success we’ve had doesn’t just come about overnight, in both the seniors and juniors,” Stone said.

“We’re very blessed to have so many people willing to do the hard yards behind the scenes.

“And on the field as well, the players deserve this award as much as all the volunteers in the club. Of course the run will come to an end eventually but I know the players aren’t thinking about that. They’re enjoying their rugby at the moment, so we’ll all take advantage of the time we’re doing well.”

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