This week saw the Lionsâ Rickards Whiteley under 7s travel to Mudgee on a ripper day.
In the first gameÂ we took on Mudgee Blues. Mia showed some silky skills, George ran with gusto and Toby B produced some amazing clean out tactics. Addi was amazing at finding the holes.
In game two we were up against Mudgee Red.
Jess used some sleightÂ of hand to sneak through the line and score. Tobie H has really found his running game the last few weeks and toiledÂ away at making metres.Â Lincoln was outstanding in all aspects of the game and was rewarded with a try and a fantastic try assist which hit Rhyan on the chest and then he found the stripe.
In game three we took on the Forbes Platypi, this saw Troy step up and score a double. Campbell toiled away and made some massive metres. Lewis did some rigorous running and crossed for meat pie.
Great sportsmanship was shown throughout the day when we supported the Rhinos by lending them some players a big thanks to Troy, Lincoln, George, Addi and Rhyan.
Mia and Rhyan also supported the under 9s and lent them a hand.
Round nine of the Wallaâs season had Orange Cityâs Westruss under 9sÂ low on numbers but we travelled to Mudgee with high expectations after last weekâs strong performances.
With some Chris Whittaker recruitment magic, we promoted two under 7s so we could field a full complement of players. Welcome to first grade â Mia Warren and Rhyan Hillan.
Game one was against Dubbo where the team produced some magic rugby to run out convincing winners 10-1.
With Archie Buesnel matching up field providing superb offloads, we ran in tries to Caleb Anthony, Ollie Scoins and Emerson Page. Oliver Philpott took control in the second half with fourÂ quick tries to set up the win. Not happy to just make up the numbers, little Rhyan âno fearâ Hillan iced the game with his first solo try in first grade.
In game two against BathurstÂ the team showed their committed to our defensive structures to overpower Bathurst and run out convincing winners 10-4.
Cooper Honeysett led by example with brutal defence and sparkling attack to bamboozle Bathurst to score fourÂ tries and set up several others to Archie Buesnel and Emerson Page.
The final game was against the home side Mudgee.
With confidence high, Oliver Philpott and Caleb Anthony ran rings around the defence to set up tries for Ollie Scoins and Archie Buesnel. With the ever-present Rhyan Hillan and Mia Warren swarming in defence, Cooper Honeysett lit up the field to score another fourÂ tries to seal the win.
A big thank you to everyone for their efforts this week. Not only for pushing through the pain barrier, but also to our little under-7 super stars who didnâtÂ look out of place in first grade.
Leading try scorer for the day was Cooper Honeysett with eightÂ tries.
Well done kids, great effort and thanks to the parents for their continued support.
The PJL Orange City Lions made the long-haul journey to Mudgee for round eight of the 2018 Wallas season.
The morning was crisp, and the sun was shining brightly which made for perfect Sunday rugby conditions.
In game one the boys tookÂ on the Mudgee Stripes.
Jackson Davis and Oliver Schofield cleaned out with real dedication to set up fast clean ball in an attacking position for Dylan Jones to score.Â Heath Vaughan and Oscar Cheney tackled theirÂ hearts out.
Final score of the game was 7-2 to Mudgee Stripes.
In game twoÂ the Lions took on the combined side of Wellington and Dubbo Rhinos.
Henry Heath had an outstanding game, making plenty of metres and tackles for his team. Charlie Miller put on his usual display of brilliance to scores Cityâs points. Oscar Cawse, Mitch Duncan and Max Plokstys made countless tackles, cleanouts and metres to provide our backs with invaluable support.
In a closely contested match, the City boys went down at the final whistle threeÂ tries to two.
In game three Orange City played Emus Black. Levi Cheney was vital to the Lionsâ cause breaking through the defence where he found his small and speedy teammate Noah Warren, his effortÂ was rewarded with a try.Â Bryn Whittaker was impressive, putting on another counter rucking masterclass.
Leo Vaughan continued to defy logic by taking on and winning over much bigger opposition players. Archer Murphyâs improvement can only be measured in leaps and bounds as he gets better and better with each game.Â Our fresh-faced Georgie Miller had everyone fooled playing with the know-how of a seasoned veteran.
The final score of the game was Emus four, City one.
We wish all players, and more importantly our amazingly dedicated parents, a restful and enjoyable break for the school holidays.
Driving through the fogÂ with AC/DC blaring through the mini-bus speakers, the tone was set for a great day out for the Haydon Accountants under-13 Lions.
With only oneÂ reserve, and facing up to 21 Dubbo Blues, the Lions knew they had a fight on their hands.
Luke McKinnon-Braid, in only his third match, proved why he was the worthy recipient of playersâ playerÂ this week, not afraid to go low and tackle players twice his size.
The first half was a tough battle, the Lions down 42-0. Hamish Ingham, Darcy Harris and Harry Mulligan all tackled their hardest, and strong runs from Lily Bone, Jack Petty and Jasmine Anthony saw the Lions close to theÂ line, only to be held back by the hefty Dubbo pack.
The second half was a different story. The Lions rallied, coming out with a newfound determination, the coaches half-time pep talk boosting them to a brilliant 25 minutes of play.
Oliver Livingstone, with the support of Trixie Ward and Darcy Harris, scored the first try for the Lions a few minutes into the second half.
Alex OâBrien, flawlessly lifted by Jack Glynn and Jake Philpott, flew high in the line-outs and Patrick Haydon used his formidable power to break through the Dubbo defense, surging over the line for the Lionsâ second try.
Alex McKinnon- Braid and Edward Southwell were, again this week, vital in support on the wing.
Andrew Inghamâs kick-offs were brilliant, one going just far enough for Patrick to surge through and collect the ball before Dubbo had a chance.
Dubbo only managed to score twice in the second half, both times just scrambling over down the sideline, leading to unsuccessful conversions attempts.
The final score was 52-10 to Dubbo, the second half was 10-10.
CYMS Gold braved the icy winds at Jack Brabham when they played against Waratahs Rebels early Saturday morning.Â
With only four of our players at the game we were ready to give it our all. Both teams got off to a fiery start and showed excellent dribbling, passing and attacking skills throughout the match.
We were fortunate enough to come home with the win due to some great runs and passes made by our player of the week Leo Clarke-Cima, who took the lead in our defence making many great saves with his quick reflexes and incredible strong kicks.Â
Both teams played an amazing game and they should be commended on their wonderful sportsmanship.
A special mention goes to Oliver Miller who went and played for CYMS Blue to help out a fellow team struggling to get players, what a superstar.
A chilly morning greeted both CYMS teams this week but some clever play soon warmed up the atmosphere.
The opposition opens the scoring early but were soon equalised by a bullet like strike by Millie Gersbach from the top of the box.
Excellent defence and crisp passing from Menphis Diduszko helped put the Silvers in the game resulting in a goal or two.Â A powerful right footer into goal from Ted Madigan put us on the front foot. Tom French was everywhere during the match, providing crucial defence for the team, along with teammate Ollie Nunn.
Lucas Smith was rewarded for following through from a shot and scoring a well-deserved goal Memphis then tied up the game with a superb strike of the outside of his right foot from well down town. Ellie Mackin was once again a star goalie in the second half.
In the end it was a fantastic draw from two well-drilled teams. Super slider Chad Weekes was the player of the week. Thanks to our coach Josh and sponsor Shed World.