It’s only March and, really, the footy season doesn’t officially kick off in Western until the first week of April, but last weekend was still a big one for Orange Hawks’ league tag side.
After coming close to the title in 2017, the two blues took out the Young Cherrypickers League Tag carnival on Sunday, edging Bombala in a tight final.
Hawks scored the only try of the match, hanging on to win 6-0 and claim the annual pre-season trophy.
On day one, last year’s Group 10 league tag minor premiers defeated a composite Tumut-Tumbarumba side (12-0) and Young (16-4) to go along with a 10-2 loss to Albury.
The 2-1 day one win-loss record was enough to make the semi-finals, where a a 16-6 win over Belconnen lifted Hawks to Sunday’s decider.
A large chuck of those Hawks girls then backed up to play in the second round of the Western Women’s Rugby League competition on Sunday afternoon at Grenfell.
Hawks half Bec Ford said Sunday’s final victory was a great way for the two blues to kick-off their 2018 league tag season.
“We’ve got a lot of new players but we’re playing together a lot (with Western and Group 10 in the WWRL) and that showed in Young,” Ford said.
“All of the girls are really keen to keep playing.”
Hawks take on the Western Challenge in Canowindra on Sunday, March 11, where they’ll look to go one better than last year’s final loss to St Pat’s.