ORANGE City Lions winger Sam Powell has taken out the 2012 PhyzX Orange Ultimate Sporting Challenge, beating a host of the city’s best sportspeople to claim this year’s crown.
Powell edged out Orange CYMS players Dom Maley and Ben Gosper, with Powell’s 188 points bettering Maley’s 184 and Gosper’s effort of 171.
This year, the girls were also given a chance to prove they can mix it with the boys.
And Robin Hood netballer Leigh Florance shone.
Florance dominated the women’s challenges to finish the series with 258 points, beating hockey player Sarah Steele-Park (194 points) and fellow Robin Hood netballer Tegan Dray (157) for the minor placings.
On the back of both Powell’s and Florance’s efforts, Orange City and Robin Hood took out their respective teams events.
CYMS finished second in the men’s competition with Orange Emus third and Orange Hawks fourth.
In the women’s event, Kinross-CYMS hockey finished second behind Robin Hood while Westoil came third and new netball club Orange Hawks ran fourth.
Put through a number of strength, stamina, fitness and flexibility tests including horizontal jumps, push-ups, chin-ups, leg presses, bench presses, agility runs, a 40-metre sprint and a 12-minute run, Robin Hood netballer Tegan Dray said she enjoyed the experience.
“It was good. All of the tests were challenging,” Dray said.
“Leigh Florance blew everyone away.”
CYMS captain-coach Mick Sullivan won last year’s inaugural crown.