Stepping up from the under 18s to opens is a tough transition for any young woman, but it's been full on for CYMS' fullback Em Williams.
It's not because she isn't talented enough for the switch, it's because her first year of all-age Group 10 league tag has come with huge responsibility.
The 18-year-old flyer is holding down the fullback spot for Mark Jasprizza's green and golds and has been one of the side's best players throughout their seven-game cameo in 2021.
The third-placed outfit is set to square off against Blayney Bears in the first game of the second half of the season, a side CYMS knocked off 28-18 on opening day.
Williams thinks her group will be wiser for the experience this time around, admitting they might have taken the Bears a little lightly in the first contest.
"They took us by surprise in round one," Williams said.
"They scored two tries in the first 10 minutes. They're a good, quality side and it's definitely going to be a hard game on the weekend."
The speed of the game is always something that increases tenfold when you move up an age group and Williams seconds that theory.
"It's just much quicker and everyone plays with more confidence," she said.
As has long been the case, Bathurst St Pat's are the benchmark after the first half of the season as the blue and whites are fresh off a win 32-6 over this very CYMS side.
Williams knows that if her group wants to shake up the competition, it will need to get past the premiers.
"I think we went into that game thinking we were going to get smashed," she said.
"We can stick it to them, we just need to believe in ourselves because we've got the ability."
But, before CYMS thinks about St Pat's again, it will need to get past the fourth-placed Blayney side on Sunday.
Kick-off is 11am at Norton Park.
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