If Orange CYMS' under 16s want to make the 2019 Group 10 grand finals they're going to have to do it the hard way.
The green and gold juniors suffered a tough, 18-14 major semi-final loss to minor premiers Lithgow Storm on Saturday at Tony Luchetti Sportsground.
The Storm team, the last remaining Lithgow team in the finals series, delighted the home crowd on hand for a bumper day of junior finals.
Lithgow hosted a full day of finals at Tony Luchetti Showground, with major and minor semi-finals being played from under 11s through to under 16s.
It has been a dream season for the Lithgow Under 16's team, which has been undefeated throughout the season.
Coach Ben Lane said the boys' ability to play as a team and their overall fitness gave them the edge over CYMS.
"I thought it was a good game of footy," he said.
It was pretty tough with the wind, obviously, but it was good to have it in the second half.Lithgow coach Ben Lane after the Storm knocked off CYMS in the under 16s major semi-final.
"It was pretty tough with the wind, obviously, but it was good to have it in the second half. I think that helped us get home a bit."
Lane predicted it would be CYMS they would be up against in two week's time in the grand final.
Bathurst Panthers will play CYMS for the final grand final spot after getting up against Bloomfield at Lithgow on Saturday.
Other major and minor semi-final results are as follows:
UNDER 11s: Bloomfield Tigers 24 def CYMS Gold 6.
UNDER 12s: CYMS Green 28 def Cowra 22.
UNDER 13s: Mudgee White 22 def St Pat's Blue 12.
UNDER 14s: Bloomfield 24 def Mudgee 12.
UNDER 15s: Cowra 22 def Panthers 12.
UNDER 16s: Lithgow Storm 18 def CYMS 12.
UNDER 11s: Mudgee 30 def Bloomfield Wildcats 6.
UNDER 12s: CYMS Gold 20 def Bloomfield Wildcats 6.
UNDER 13s: St Pat's White 22 def Bloomfield 4.
UNDER 14s: Cowra 42 def St Pat's 14.
UNDER 15s: Bloomfield 38 def CYMS 10.
UNDER 16s: Panthers 24 def Bloomfield 18.
Saturday's preliminary finals will be played at Mudgee's Glen Willow.
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