Action week about information

INFORMING: Julie McNeil, left, Lynette Bullen and Kerryn Griffin staffed an information display at Centrelink yesterday for Drug and Alcohol Action Week. Photo: JUDE KEOGHAN information display was set up at Centrelink yesterday to mark the beginning of national Drug and Alcohol Action Week.
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Representatives from the Lyndon Withdrawal Unit, the Magistrates for Early Referral Into Treatment (MERIT) program and Kite Street Community Health informed Orange residents about the city’s drug and alcohol programs.

“It’s all about bringing our programs out to the community. The Lyndon unit is the only detox unit west of the Blue Mountains,” said Lyndon Withdrawal Unit drugs and alcohol counsellor Lynette Bullen.

“I think it’s extremely important to let people know what programs are out there and what certain substances are doing to us. We don’t want to hound people today, it’s just a nice and relaxed way to get the information across.”

MERIT case worker Julie McNeil promoted MERIT’s positive role in helping offenders with drug and alcohol problems.

“MERIT is aimed at getting people out of the criminal justice system and into help, so they can get their lives back together,” she said.

Community Health drug and alcohol counsellor Kerryn Griffin said she wanted to publicise the centre’s drug and alcohol helpline.

“We want people experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol to call 1300 887 000,” she said.

“When they call they will receive an assessment and be referred to the most appropriate service for them.”

Ms Bullen, Ms McNeil and Ms Griffin agreed that alcohol was the most commonly abused substance in Orange.

“People don’t realise that alcohol is the main killer, through binge-drinking and the likelihood of accidents,” Ms McNeil said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Civic plan go ahead

NOT FOR SALE … YET: Cr Pam Ryan argued that connecting the sale of the Function Centre to refurbishment of the civic precinct was “putting the cart before the horse”. Photo: BETHANY HALLORANGE City Council will push ahead with a plan to redevelop the Civic Square but the sale of the Function Centre has been taken off the agenda in the short term.
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Last week’s council meeting voted to develop a five-year master plan for the block bounded by Lords Place and Byng, Peisley and March streets. The plan will look at consolidating council services to the civic precinct and to provide space for growth.

Support for the master plan killed off a $633,800 proposal to refurbish the council chamber and associated administration areas.

About $100,000 of that will be used almost immediately to convert two committee rooms into office space and $300,000 will employ additional planning staff to deal with increased development activity. The funds will also be used to develop the master plan.

A report by general manager Allen Dwyer was tabled at Thursday night’s meeting.

“Council should be considering, say a five year plan to create a Civic Square precinct and consolidate operations for the next 30 years,” it said.

Cr Pam Ryan told the meeting that including the sale of the Function Centre and council buildings in Kite Street in the development of the master plan was “putting the cart before the horse”.

She said the development of the master plan should determine what was needed in the civic precinct redevelopment.

Cr Jeremy Buckingham said a master plan was a good idea but the sale of the Function Centre should be dealt with as a separate matter.

While a reference to selling the Function Centre was removed from the master plan investigation, general manager Allen Dwyer told the meeting the sale was pivotal to future expansion.

He said without selling the Function Centre and Kite Street buildings, council would need to win Tatts Lotto for the Civic Square redevelopment to go ahead.

Mr Dwyer said the intention was to retain the Function Centre until there was a suitable replacement.

Cr John Miller told the meeting the Function Centre was outdated and had become a burden on the council and community.

“The key here is that we are looking to replace the Function Centre with something that is more workable,” he said.

Cr Dick Niven said the Function Centre was built 40 years ago as a result of a great community effort.

“[But] it’s outlived its original purpose. It was a great thing. Amoco contributed to it, the Tilston family, the Glenroi people and a great number of people contributed … But we mustn’t have this attitude that it is there forever,” he said.

Cr Niven agreed the sale reference could be removed from the formal recommendation but council staff should not be forbidden from including the sell off in a master plan investigation.

Cr Niven also said the addition of a third floor should be part of the investigation.

“I can recall the time in 1976 when this [Civic Centre] was being built. Kell and Rigby were the contractors and the council at the time had absolutely stretched their budget as far as they could.

“Kell and Rigby were on site and said ‘for another $200,000 we can put the third storey on’. But council couldn’t stretch any further … It could be a solution now,” he said.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Keeping up with kids no easy task

Tuesday, June 22, 2004
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CABONNE Council received seven letters from students in recent weeks.

The year 9 students from Molong Central School are learning about government and community action.

The letters all expressed a similar sentiment – the students were concerned about a lack of activities for young people in their local communities.

Suggestions for possible solutions to the problem included a heated pool, skate park, cinema, more discos, a youth centre with a games room, cycle paths and more sports events.

Some of the suggestions fall well outside the council’s jurisdiction – for example, it is not for the council to organise local sporting activities, build cinemas or run youth discos.

However, it is certainly within council’s capabilities to help fund and develop infrastructure such as skate parks and cycle paths. The question for the council to consider is – can the development of these sorts of facilities be justified, given they will cost tens of thousands of dollars?

The council has decided to undertake a review of the needs of the youth within the shire. It will consult with young people at community meetings and organise visits to the shire’s 18 schools.

Mayor John Farr observed that times had changed and the needs of young people had changed too. He said our young people were a product of a computer age and many were no longer satisfied with activities previous generations enjoyed.

Cr Peter Carman said the needs of youth appeared to be cyclical and the length of the cycles getting shorter – they were constantly needing something new to keep them entertained.

The council has adopted a sound course in undertaking the review. But as all 12 councillors recognised yesterday – it will not be easy.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Council deserves answers on reform

Monday, July 12, 2004
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SECTIONS of Orange City Council are exasperated with the Minister responsible for their tier of government.

But unlike some areas of the State it is what Local Government Minister Tony Kelly hasn’t done that has raised the blood pressure of some councillors.

Put simply Mr Kelly has failed to embrace a reform model that a number of councillors believe is best for the ratepayers and the region.

The reform issue is off the agenda for some city councillors, including Mayor John Davis, who was opposed to amalgamation while the mayor of Blayney.

For others like former mayor Dick Niven it remains a sore point, particularly so because the reform submission put forward by the Orange council before the March election is not all that dissimilar to the model that Mr Kelly ratified for Bathurst.

The minister has maintained that reform is still on the agenda but he is yet to decide what that means for Orange.

He gave the Central Western Daily an each way bet last month when he said: “I can’t rule anything out or in.”

Therein lies the problem.

There is little doubt that the Department of Local Government and the Boundaries Commission have been very busy in the year since Premier Bob Carr let the amalgamation genie out of the bottle at the shires conference in Sydney.

Reform or he would “crack the whip”, the Premier said.

Orange acted and presented its case to Mr Kelly in a 65-page submission.

Irrespective of the pros and cons of that document or the workload of the bureaucracies handling the reform process, Orange City Council has a right to know something more than “I can’t rule anything out or in”.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Indoor’s best on the rebound

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ORANGE’S Play On Indoor will host the Rebound Indoor Soccer NSW Championships for four days starting tomorrow.

The boys and girls 12-13 years and 14-16 years championships will be played at the indoor centre as well as at the Bathurst Sport Stadium.

Teams will be competing from Orange, Bathurst, Dubbo, Goulburn, Southern Highlands, Sydney and other areas.

The Championship, which is run by Aussie Indoor Sports Experts, will also be used to select state merit teams and reserve players.

The 14-16 years boys and girls will start tomorrow morning at 9am at Play On Indoor with preliminary games running the whole day.

The finals and play offs will be held on Sunday and the trophy presentation as well as the announcement of the state teams will be at 4:20pm at Orange.

The 12-13 years boys and girls will start on Monday morning at 9:30am with the boys playing at Bathurst and the girls in Orange.

Both the boys and girls will play in Orange on Tuesday for the finals and the trophy presentation and state teams announcement will be made at 4:20pm.

A high level of competition is expected for the championships with the best teams from centres around the state qualifying to compete.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Nixon follows family tradition

GLOVE UP: MOBSPORT Boxing’s William Reid (left), Luke Bunworth and Daniel Nixon (front) will be three boxers to watch at Saturday’s fight night at Orange Ex Services Club. Photo: BETHANY HALl.BOXING
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DANIEL Nixon has boxing in his blood.

The 15-year-old middle weight will be making his debut at the MOBSPORT Boxing fight night at Orange Ex-Services Club tomorrow night and his biggest supporter will be his father, former pro boxer Buddy Nixon.

Buddy had over 50 professional fights after starting at the age of 19 and believes his son could be even better.

“He’s going to be better than me because he started younger,” Buddy said of his son.

MOBSPORT head trainer Jake Kenney said Daniel has talent and the towering teen will be one to watch on Saturday night.

William Reid will line up against Dubbo’s Tim Wallace in their light weight bout.

Reid made his debut in April at the last fights in Orange and he made a lasting impression winning in a second round stoppage and being named prospect of the night.

Reid is expecting his bout tomorrow night to be tougher, predicting it will go to a third round decision.

Luke Bunworth will come back from a 12 month lay off to fight in the cruiser division.

“He’s stronger and he fast,” Kenney said.

“He’s carrying the power. We’re expecting big things from Bunno.”

Bunworth is expected to line up against a Castle Hill fighter.

MOBSPORT is also expected to be represented by 16-year-old Deon Hammond in the light weight division.

Other boxers will be coming from Kandos, Seven Keys Bathurst, Castle Hill, Canberra and Sydney.

The evening will include a 10 to 12 bout program starting from 7pm.

As well as the fights, Magic Moments auction house will being a 30-piece live auction including a signed Mike Tyson glove.

Kenney said the auction will cover all sporting enthusiasts including boxing, cricket, soccer, league and motor racing, as well as different price ranges.

Tickets are $20 and available at the door.

The MOBSPORT boys will be on show next in September.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Zone hopefuls push selection claims

BOWLED: Orange’s Michael Delaney bowls one in to Scott Henry from Mudgee as Nathan Anthes (Lithgow) gets back into position. Photo: JUDE KEOGHCRICKET
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IT may not be the cricket season, but the top young cricketers from the Western Region were in Orange this week for a three-day camp.

Held at Kinross Wolaroi, it was the second training camp for the 18 players, from which the Western Zone under 17s team will be selected.

Head coach Greg Griffith said the camp was a way for the best cricketers in the region to see what is required to go to the next level.

“Most of these guys were identified when they were in the under 14s, so we have been watching them for a year or two,” Griffith said.

“Our aim is to give them some advice to help develop their skills and show them what they need to do if they want to take it to the next level of playing grade cricket in Sydney.”

The camp also aimed to help players improve areas in their game.

“We have set up videoing, so we can show the players little faults in their game which they can then go and work on,” Griffith explained.

The squad has players from Nyngan to Wentworth Falls and also includes Michael Delaney from Orange, Cudal’s Jason Ryan and Millthorpe’s Brendan Roweth.

Griffith said there were more than 20 players from the country that have been through this coaching clinic who are now playing first grade cricket in Sydney.

Former Dubbo pair, NSW’s Don Nash and Nathan Pilon, now at Victoria, are just two country players now playing state cricket who have been through the same coaching system.

Griffith said the best players from the squad could represent Country and then NSW at the National Championships.

More camps will be held, with the squad narrowed down to 12 for the Western Zone team.

Orange will also host a tournament in October from which a Western Zone under 16s team will be selected.

The tournament will have a team from Lachlan, Mitchell and Macquarie and the team picked will then compete in the state-wide Bradman Cup competition.

WESTERN ZONE SQUAD: Jason Ryan (Cudal), Michael Delaney (Orange), Scott Henry (Mudgee), Brendan Roweth (Millthorpe), Jameel Qureshi (Blayney), Nathan Anthes (Lithgow), Nathan Lyon (Young), Ryan Medley (Dubbo), Matthew Hawley (Nyngan), Adam Shackleton (Bathurst), Lachlan Mussing (Katoomba), Shane Hodges (Parkes), Daniel Hughes (Cowra), James Kennedy (Dubbo), Ian Slapp (Dubbo), Chris Sheppeard (Lithgow), Matthew Collins (Wentworth Falls), Jonathon Collins (Wentworth Falls).

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.


The house in South Terrace where police treated the man suffering from a gunshot wound before ambulance officers arrived. Photo: JUDE KEOGHA MAN who allegedly shot and seriously wounded a 34-year-old Orange man during a violent brawl in South Terrace late on Tuesday night, will face Orange Local Court this morning after being arrested and charged by police yesterday.
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Police allege the 39-year-old man, who was earlier involved in a group of up to 20 people brawling in South Terrace with axes, knives, metal bars and bottles, left the scene and returned in a vehicle with a gun.

It is alleged he fired one shot into the air before turning the gun on the victim and shooting him in the left thigh.

When police arrived they found the victim lying on the loungeroom floor of a nearby house, bleeding profusely.

They stemmed the flow of blood until ambulance officers arrived and transported the man to Orange Base Hospital for emergency surgery to remove the bullet lodged in his leg.

The victim is now in a serious but stable condition in intensive care.

The alleged assailant was refused bail after being charged with shooting with intent to cause grevious bodily harm.

He was also charged with possessing a firearm in a public place, firing a firearm in a public place, and affray.

A 38-year old woman and another man who were arrested at the same time were later released after being questioned by detectives.

A resident of South Terrace said yesterday she feared for her safety and that of her children if they stayed in the street.

“We’ve had enough – this has been going on here for long enough and it’s time to get out,” she said.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said her children, aged nine and 11, had both witnessed the brawl.

“We are just packing a few things – what we can – and we’re getting out. I’m too scared to stay here,” she said.

Yesterday Inspector Andrew Johnson said it was believed the brawl was the result of a dispute between some residents of the area and was connected to a relationship issue.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Rookie trainer earns respect

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WHENEVER youthful trainer Matthew Dale arrives at a Central Districts meeting his starters are treated with respect by bookmakers and punters.

After completing a horse management course at the University of Sydney, Orange campus, Dale set up stables at Queanbeyan and has quickly made a big impact.

For the current season Dale has trained 26 winners including the impressive Rogans Gem which won a recent feature race in Sydney.

At today’s Dubbo TAB meeting, Dale has Creanced (Mathew Cahill) engaged in the Bellmac Frozen Foods Class 5 Hcp (1600m) and Tully Tango (Nikita Beriman) in the A Picture Framing Shop Class 2 Hcp (1000m).

Despite finishing unplaced last start at Canterbury, Creanced appeals as one of the better bets at Dubbo.

Previous start at Canberra, Creanced drew clear in the straight and safely held the smart Voulez Vous from the Peter Cornish stable at Orange.

Feature race at Dubbo is the $10,300 Readymix Concrete and Quarry Silver Shamrock (1000m) for two-year-olds.

Obliviator staged a rodeo exhibition shortly after the start when failing to finish in the Wellington Boot but followed with a close fourth at Warwick Farm and has the class to dispose of the Silver Shamrock field at Dubbo.

Main dangers are the John Richter, Narromine pair, Duke Pursuit and Caluja.

l Cessnock galloper Jamaica Farewell will start as one of the favourites in the David Andrews – Lowes Marthaguy Picnic Race Club Cup (1400m) tomorrow.

Owned and trained by Mark Stapleford, the four-year-old gelding looks to be in reasonable shape after a win at Cessnock last month and a fifth at Newcastle in class five company.

The best of the local chances appears to be Phillip Ayoub owned and trained Classic Surprise and John Lundholm’s Little Khamsin.

Classic Surprise will be ridden by Glenn Grainger from barrier four and has two seconds from its last two starts, while Little Khamsin has Ben Duggan on board from barrier seven.

The Elders – Bundaberg Class 2 Picnic Trophy Handicap (800m) is literally a two horse race with Warrior Elf against Drifting North.

Warrior Elf is a stablemate to Jamaica Farewell but will have Grainger on board from barrier two. The four-year-old mare is no stranger to western racing with a last start third at Gilgandra and a third at Binnaway in May.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Champion team scores 52 goals, concedes two

The Orange under 12s (back) Petrisse Leckie, Vanessa Dwyer, Sarah Crombie, Amy Symonds, Ally Savage, Elizabeth Meys, Hayley Ford, Emily D’Aquino, OLivia Hordynsky, (front) Ashleigh Carr, Jade Warrender and Gabi Fisher. Absent: Alex Wolters and Sarah Whiley.HOCKEY
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THE Orange firsts under 12 side continued its strong year when it won the girls’ regional championship in Tamworth on the weekend.

After winning the Lithgow carnival earlier in the year, the young side added the Tamworth carnival to its list.

In all the team’s games this year the side has scored 52 goals and only conceded two – in a semi-final against ACT in Campbelltown when the girls played together for the first time.

After beating Tamworth 2 (4-0), Dubbo (12-0) and Parkes (9-0) in the group stages in Tamworth, the Orange girls beat Tamworth 1 in the semi-final 6-0 then Bathurst 1-0 in the final.

Keeper Amy Symons and backs Elizabeth Meys, Petrisse Leckie and Emily D’Aquino defended well and did not concede a goal.

Centre-half Jade Warrender, who scored 17 goals in the tournament, strikers Olivia Hordynsky, centre forward Gabi Fisher, Ashleigh Carr and Ally Savage were strong in attack.

Utility player Vanessa Dwyer, Sarah Crombie, centre forward Hayley Ford, Alex Wolters and Sarah Whiley, who scored the winning goal in the final after beating three defenders, also played well for the champion side.

Warrender scored eight goals, including a penalty stroke, against Dubbo, and hat-tricks against Tamworth 2, Parkes and Tamworth 1.

Wolters and Savage also scored hat-tricks against Parkes, while Hordynsky netted twice in the semi-final.

“Congratulations to all the girls, their behaviour on and off the field was impeccable,” coach Allison Warrender said.

“They put in a lot of hard work leading up to Tamworth and their dedication to training really paid off.

“They’re a great little team.”

l The Orange firsts under 14 side were runners-up in Tamworth, beaten by Bathurst 1 in the final.

Orange 1 went through the group stage of the tournament unbeaten after beating Bathurst 1 1-0, Parkes 5-0 and Tamworth 2 5-0.

The girls then defeated Dubbo 6-0 in the semi-final to play Bathurst 1 in the final, who beat Tamworth in the other semi-final.

The Orange side was beaten 2-0 in the final, but coach Ian Duboc said the score did not indicate the girls’ effort.

“It was a pleasure to watch the team in action,”‘ he said. The skills were all there.”

Goalkeeper Amanda Harvey and backs Kate Parson and Anna Gosper played well over the weekend.

In the halves Shian Duboc, Beck Davis and Cassandra Hill defended well and set play up for the girls up front.

Forwards, inners and wings Tegan Farrell, Sarah Kelly, Ashlea Warrender, Kayla Orrock, Samara Beasley and Janelle Bouffler were all strong.

From the tournament Harvey, Duboc, Warrender and Hill were selected in the Central West team, with Davis picked as a shadow player.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Off-season training and introduction

Leanne NichollsDUATHLON
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THE Orange Cycle and Triathlon Club intends to run a series of four duathlon events over the next six weekends at different venues around Orange.

The club aims to provide off-season training for their members and to give interested non members an opportunity to learn a little about this relatively new but rapidly growing sport.

A duathlon consists of a running leg followed by a cycle leg and another run. The swim leg, which normally is included in a triathlon, is dropped in this event in respect for the Orange winter climate.

The first duathlon of the series will be run on Sunday, July 4, and intending participants should meet at the area of Bloomfield Park in Bargwanna Road (opposite the Gosling Creek reserve) from 12.30pm.

The open or adult event will begin at 1pm while the junior session will start at 2pm.

This first event will be a training/familiarisation event and there will be no entry fee.

The run legs will be approximately 2.5km each and the cycle leg will be around 10km (three laps of the hot melt pathway of the Gosling Creek reserve). These distances will be reduced for the junior events.

There will be instructions and assistance given by cycle and triathlon club members including former NSW junior champion Leanne Nicholls.

Participants will be advised on safety, equipment needs, how to rack and remove their bikes, transitions between the run and cycle legs and tips for improving their performance.

This first event is not a serious race but will be great fun and challenging enough to provide valuable experience for the three events to follow.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Remember Wellington?

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ORANGE City learnt the hard way not to take any side lightly in the Blowes Menswear Cup and will remember that when it plays Parkes tomorrow.

City lost to lowly Wellington 16-7 in round six and that game will be fresh in the players’ mind when they run out in Parkes.

The Lions go into the game with three straight wins, while Parkes has conceded 136 points in its last three straight losses.

The Orange side beat Dubbo Rhinos 34-7 last week, after a 20-14 win over Dubbo Kangaroos and 29-25 win over Cowra in the two previous rounds.

But City coach David Blunt knows the past three matches count for little tomorrow.

“Wellington taught us the big lesson,” Blunt said. “You can’t take anyone easy at their home ground or you’re in trouble.

“We are approaching this game like we’re playing the top side.”

Blunt said he was hoping complacency would not be an issue against Parkes, who are fourth last on the table.

“I don’t want any complacency, but sometimes I think it is a sub-conscious thing, like the Wellington game.

“You just hope you’re right for the game.”

There is likely to be one change to City’s starting 15 that beat Rhinos in Orange last week.

Billy Nunn, who played his first game back from a three match suspension in second grade last week, will return to the top grade at No. 8.

However, Blunt said Nunn would have to prove his fitness after suffering a corked thigh last week.

Regular No. 8 Anthony Rich will come into the team if Nunn is unfit.

After playing perfect wet weather football last week against fifth placed Rhinos, Blunt said the City backline would get more opportunities tomorrow.

“We’ll play it wide against Parkes. I think we have a better backline, so we’ll use them.

“It looks like it will be fine weather on the weekend, which means our centres can dominate.”

Centres Dave Amone and Ben Davis had few chances in wet conditions against Rhino last week, but impressed Blunt when they did have the ball.

The Lions will aim to continue to improve its set pieces tomorrow, with the return of hooker Josh Tremain in the past month improving the side’s lineouts.

The City scrum continues to be strong, last week pushing Rhinos off the ball on several occasions.

“I want the guys to also get quicker to the breakdown, that’s our next goal,” Blunt said. “Get more than one player to the breakdown quicker so we can force more turnovers.”

Blunt said Parkes traditionally played a spoiling game, but admitted to knowing little about them this season.

The only City player unavailable this week is outside back Daniel Muldoon, who should return from an arm injury next week.

Orange Emus beat Parkes 53-3 in Parkes last week and Blunt was hoping City could make it an Orange double.

In other games Mudgee hosts Dubbo, Narromine plays Wellington, Emus host Cowra, Bathurst plays Forbes and Dubbo Rhinos tackle competition leaders CSU. USO has the bye.

ORANGE CITY: 1 Shane Kennelly (c), 2 Josh Tremain, 3 Ben Sharp, 4 Matt McCarthy, 5 Josh Maley, 6 Dom Westgeest, 7 John Gander, 8 Billy Nunn, 9 Brad Cleal, 10 Simon Livingstone, 11 Simon Kukla, 12 Dave Amone, 13 Ben Davis, 14 James Russell, 15 Ben McAlpine.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

Group sides well prepared for zone titles

ORANGE REPS: Mitchl Hurford (under 14s), Scott Rosser (under 13s), Josh Kent (under 14s) and Nathan White (under 14s). Also in the Group 10 sides are Nathan White (Bloomfield) and CYMS’ Steve Kerr, Jamie Bassman, Tai Sadler, Marc Sligsby, Matt Morris, Josh Harvey, John Huggett and Sandon Gibbs-O’Neil.RUGBY LEAGUE
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JUNIOR Group 10 sides will play in Wagga tomorrow for the Southern Zone championships.

There will be 14 Orange players in the under 13 and under 14 sides that play three games each over the two-day tournament.

The two sides will be playing against three other Groups, with the winners announced the Southern Zone champions.

This is the first year the round robin format has been used, with a knockout competition used in the past.

However, this year there will be no finals series for the zone winners from country NSW, instead the age division winners in each area will receive a pennant.

Orange CYMS players dominate the under 13 side, with Jamie Bassman, Tai Sadler, Marc Sligsby, Matt Morris, Josh Harvey, John Huggett and Sandon Gibbs-O’Neil selected.

Bloomfield’s Scott Rosser is also in the side.

In the under 14 team Bloomfield’s Josh Kent, Mitchl Hurford, Nathan White and Joel Robinson and CYMS’ Jarrod Broderick and Steve Kerr are the Orange representatives.

Each age division side will play three games at Wagga, with the top two sides from each division to play in a final.

Both Group 10 sides have had good preparation for the tournament, after playing Manly district teams two weeks ago.

Against the Manly sides under 13s had a 4-4 draw, while the under 14s won 26-12.

Under 14s’ games will be at 10am tomorrow against Group 4, then 3pm against Group 11 and 12pm on Sunday against Group 20.

Under 13s play Group 20 at 11am and Group 9 at 2pm tomorrow and Group 11 at 11am on Sunday.

UNDER 13s: Jamie Bassman, Tai Sadler, Marc Sligsby, Matt Morris, Josh Harvey, John Huggett, Sandon Gibbs-O’Neil (CYMS), George Natuilagilagi, Ben Thompson, Josh Jackson, Sam Player (Mudgee), James Toole, Jake Mooney, Adam Hamilton (Blayney), Steve Hughes, Paddy Mahoney (Storm), Mitchell Pearse (St Pats), Scott Rosser (Bloomfield), Wade Beecham (Panthers), Jacob Garlic (Cowra).

UNDER 14s: Josh Kent, Mitchl Hurford, Nathan White, Joel Robinson (Bloomfield), Chris Daws Wilson, Josh Newling, Chris Rainbow (Cowra), Brad Adams, Joel Hutchinson (Storm), Jarrod Broderick, Steve Kerr (CYMS), Isaac Breen, Junior Langi (Panthers), Aaron Christie-Johnson, Narayan Rodwell (Oberon), Jake Anlezark, Michael Nixon (Blayney), Matt Stevenson (Mudgee).

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.