Tomorrow’s champions today: Lions and Emus push toward seasons’ crescendo

CHARGING FORWARD: Lily Bone's under-13 Lions might have gone down on Saturday, but she had a whale of a game, charging forward tirelessly. Photo: MATT FINDLAY
CHARGING FORWARD: Lily Bone's under-13 Lions might have gone down on Saturday, but she had a whale of a game, charging forward tirelessly. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

ORANGE CITY LIONS

UNDER 13s

Orange City’s Broadley & Hayden Accountants under 13s faced competition leaders Dubbo Blue this week, and while the result may suggest otherwise the Roos had to work hard for their points this week,.

There was plenty of notable positives from the Lions’ performance despite the 56-nil full-time scoreline, in Dubbo’s favour.

Brilliant defence and tackling by Jack Petty, Alex O’Brien and Luke McKinnon-Braid kept Dubbo from scoring early on with Temana Te Rupe chasing down and tackling Dubbo’s infamous, giant inside centre Jonah Raidaveta.

Patrick Haydon and Jack Glynn also used their strength to surge through a mountain of defence, both unlucky to be pulled up short of scoring.

Andrew Ingham’s perfect chip-kick cut through the defence, with brother Hamish using his speed to chase down the ball, passing to Tallis Thomas and on to Oliver Livingstone who cut the through the defence like butter.

Alexa McKinnon-Braid held her own out wide against the Dubbo boys as well.

The familiar, positive voice of Trixie Ward rang out, as always urging her team mates on for the whole game.

Lachlan Hobbs stole the one lineout of the day from Dubbo, and with the support of Harry Mulligan, Darcy Harris and Edward Southwell got the Lions into attacking territory.

Jake Philpott ran half the length of the field, so close to reaching the try line, and it eventually took four Roos to stop him.

Sophie Goodall showed she is as handy on the rugby field as the hockey field, with several strong runs, likewise Lily Bone held the ball firmly on her attacks, with no chance of the Roos stealing it from her.

  • Olly’s Earthworks players’ player: Lachlan Hobbs
  • Chemmart best and fairest: 3 Darcy Harris, 2 Harry Mulligan, 1 Alex O’Brien

UNDER 17s

The Orange City Woodward Street Quality Meats under 17s travelled to Dubbo to face the Roos’ Blue team.

The boys were once again faced with a tough assignment playing against Dubbo with only 12 players.

Both teams worked hard to dominate the contest and a tough battle was seen in the forwards.

Hugo Brettschneider, Ben Winslade and Will Ryan worked hard at the breakdown to control Dubbo’s forwards and this allowed City to score first after Will McLean broke the line and dived over.

But Dubbo hit back immediately, making the Lions pay after an error and scoring.

After some good defence from the kick off Trent Maguire regained the ball from the breakdown and ran 50 metres to score a try.

Dubbo lifted again though and scored three quick tries to enjoy a 24-10 lead at the half-time break.

The boys started strong in the second half, with Trent Johnson and Henry Bouffler continually attacking Dubbo’s defence with strong runs.

The defensive efforts from Aidan Seale and Sam Woodhouse was excellent.

Bailey Mannix, Logan Mason and Jarryd Walmsley were dominant both in attack and defence, the latter was rewarded for his good work with a try after he broke through Dubbo’s defence. Logan Mason converted the goal.

Ultimately Dubbo won the game 36-17.

The coaches would like to thank all the players for their hard work this season.

  • On Trac Ag best and fairest: 3 Trent Johnson, 2 Jarryd Walmsley, 1 Trent Maguire
  • Connaughton Landscaping players’ player: Jarryd Walmsley

ORANGE EMUS

UNDER 13s

With one game left in the regular season, our John Cook Real Estate under-13 boys will look to finish on a high after beating Dubbo Red on Saturday morning.

The guys played specatacularly to lead Dubbo 24-nil at half-time and although we took our foot off the gas a little bit in the second half, the 31-12 victory was still a really positive result.

Our youngsters sit sixth and although we can’t push our way into the finals we can still jump up to fifth, with a win over Bathurst on Saturday.

UNDER 15s

Another season is in the history books.

With a bye in this weekend’s final regular season round, Emus’ Bubb’s Bricklaying under 15s were able to finish their campaign with a positive performance even if it didn’t quite translate to the scoreboard.

Playing at Endeavour Oval before our mighty first XV booked a fourth straight home grand final, the boys toughed it out against the powerful, top four-bound Dubbo Kangaroos Red outfit.

It was an arm-wrestle to say the least, with the visiting Dubbo side just coming out on top 14-5.

A big thank you to everyone involved for another great season.

UNDER 17s

There’s no doubt the trip to Dubbo is never an easy one, and maybe time in the car played in a role in the boys’ performance on the weekend, which resulted in a 24-5 defeat to the surging Dubbo Kangaroos Red.

Dubbo’s performance was good and with a predominantly bottom-age side they’ve done incredibly to push into the top four, but our boys were looking for a victory and didn’t produce the goods.

We’re still in a share for second and have one more chance against undefeated competition leaders Narromine this weekend to try and push into the top two.

Dubbo shot out of the blocks and led 19-nil at half-time. The second half was a dour affair with each side scoring a lone try.

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