Junior league players set a high standard at schools gala day

FULL OF RUNNING: Molong Central School's Jake Williams heads towards the tryline in the David Peachey Shield. Photo: MICHELLE COOK 0527mcleague3

FULL OF RUNNING: Molong Central School's Jake Williams heads towards the tryline in the David Peachey Shield. Photo: MICHELLE COOK 0527mcleague3

ORANGE played host to the western region’s best up-and-coming rugby league players at Tuesday’s Peachey Shield and Richardson Cup gala day, at Brendon Sturgeon Oval.

Twenty-five teams from across Orange and Molong, took part in the day in both competitive and non-competitive rugby league games.

In the round-robin Peachey Shield, for teams made up of year five and six students, Bletchington Public School emerged victorious after Tuesday afternoon’s grand final, beating St Mary’s Catholic Primary School 24-20.

St Mary’s also made the final of the Richardson Cup, for year three and four students, but were beaten by Orange Public School 32-16.

All four grand finalists progress to the next stage of the competition, the finals day in Dubbo on June 25.

They will take on the finalists from the Cobar, Portland and Cowra gala days, who have already qualified, for the overall title in each division.

So far, in the Peachey Shield, Bletchington and St Mary’s will play off against Nyngan Public, St Joseph’s Nyngan (1), St Pat’s/Joeys Portland, Wallerawang Public, St Raphael’s Cowra and Cowra Public.

In the Richardson Cup, Orange Public and St Mary’s will take on St John’s Dubbo, Nyngan Public, Cooerwul Public, St Joseph’s Oberon, St Raphael’s Cowra and Mulyan Public.

Four more spots at the finals day remain to be filled, with the Coonamble and Bathurst legs of the events scheduled for May 28 and June 3 respectively.

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