THREE Orange sides kept their respective seasons alive in last Saturday’s Group 10 Junior Rugby League minor semi-finals at Wade Park.
Orange CYMS’ under 16s and under 14s, along with Bloomfield Tigers’ under 12s, all secured victory to earn a place in the preliminary finals in Blayney on September 13.
CYMS under 16s romped home against Bathurst Panthers, piling on 62 unanswered points to defeat the boys in black easily.
“It was a great win, the team is really starting to click into gear at the right time,” CYMS halfback Ryan Moore said.
The classy CYMS pivot said his side will take plenty of confidence from the win, but is happy to go into the preliminary final as underdogs.
“We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves,” he said.
“We want to go into the next game against whoever we play confident but not cocky.
“We just need to stay focused on our game and play to our structures, stay strong in our defence and complete our sets. Points will come from that.”
Injuries are a concern for the green and golds Moore said, unsure of whether his side will be at full strength in two week’s time.
“Jack Woodhouse broke his thumb, so I imagine he’ll miss the game,” Moore said.
“(Western Division and NSW Country representative) Jack Bastick should return from his ankle injury though.
“We are very confident that we have the team to go all the way.”
CYMS’ under 14s defeated Panthers 38-10 while the Tigers’ under 12s eliminated cross-town rivals CYMS Gold in a thrilling 26-16 local derby.
CYMS’ under 11s and under 10s were also eliminated on Saturday despite valiant efforts, being defeated by Mudgee Dragons (28-16) and Lithgow Storm (14-12) respectively.
The Group 10 JRL major semi-finals are on Saturday in Mudgee.