The Pirate masters feeling Young again

Pirate Pursuit: Orange Pirates were in Young over the weekend for the Masters Carnival. Photo: Young Witness

Pirate Pursuit: Orange Pirates were in Young over the weekend for the Masters Carnival. Photo: Young Witness

The Orange Pirates were in action in Young over the weekend for the ninth annual Masters Rugby League Carnival.

The Pirates made the trip to the cherry capital for the second most popular master carnival in the country. 

This year’s masters competition also held the inaugural City versus Country game on Sunday. 

Orange locals Michael Fisher, Jeff Fisher and Jamie Gibbs were all selected for the City side, while Norman Lang was named coach for the Country masters.

Country masters got up seven tries to two. Although, the weekend is played hard by all, the competition is all about the camaraderie between teams and players, so scores after each game were nil-all draws.

Over the course of the weekend the Pirates played four games on the Saturday and two on the Sunday. Despite everyone feeling sore and even one of the players breaking their wrist, it didn’t stop the players from giving there all.

“The team as a whole worked really well together and they should be proud of their efforts,” spokesman for the Pirates said.

Special mentions to Anton Logan, Daniel Whitley and Jeff Fisher have to made for playing in all games.

Event coordinator and Cherryatric Geoff Hill believes the weekend went off without a hitch and teams have already shown interest in returning for the 2017 carnival.

“You get so many comments from different players who say it’s absolutely great to get away with their mates after not playing footy for a while, they just enjoy it so much,” he said.

Hill also praises the condition of the grounds and the weather, which added to the success of the weekend.

“We couldn’t have asked for better weather and the fields were in perfect condition thanks to council,” Hill said.

“At one stage I looked out and the amount of people there was amazing.

“There was about 500 to 600 people there at Keith Cullen Oval at one stage, there were people absolutely everywhere.”

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