The 2017 Group 10 season started with a bang last weekend, CYMS, Panthers, Mudgee and Oberon all emerging as big winners, as expected.
But round two throws up some seriously juicy clashes.
Orange CYMS taking on Bathurst Panthers kicks off a cracker of a round of Group 10 rugby league, with the clash at Wade Park on Thursday night.
There’s Good Friday footy too, while Cowra and Oberon clash on Saturday. Orange Hawks and Blayney have already played their round two clash, the two blues winning 58-16 at the end of March.
GROUP 10, ROUND TWO:
Thursday, April 13:
ORANGE CYMS v BATHURST PANTHERS at Wade Park, Orange:
CYMS: 1 Ben McAlpine, 2 Semisi Katoa, 3 Joe Lasagavibau, 4 Jerome Harrison, 5 Kurt Beahan, 6 Luke Petrie, 7 Dom Maley, 8 Cam Jones, 9 Ryan Griffin, 10 Chris Bamford, 11 Brendon Cousins, 12 Brock McGarity, 13 Tim Mortimer; Bench: 14 Joe Duffy, 15 Bronx Goodwin.
COACH: Mick Sullivan.
PANTHERS: 1 Jeremy Gordon, 2 Brayden Cassidy, 18 Todd Barrow, 4 Jye Barrow, 5 Kade Barrow, 6 Claude Gordon, 7 Doug Hewitt, 8 Brent Seager, 9 Nick Loader, 10 Jarrod Seager, 11 Blake Seager, 12 Jack Siejka, 13 Jake Betts; Bench: 14 Simon Osborne.
COACH: Todd Barrow.
NOTE: Dom Maley takes the place of Mick Sullivan in the CYMS No.7, while Joey Lasagavibau starts at centre for Lachie Munro, who hobbled off injured in round one. Panthers unchanged after an emphatic round one win over Lithgow.
Friday, April 14:
MUDGEE DRAGONS v BATHURST ST PAT’S at Glen Willow, Mudgee:
MUDGEE: 1 Jared Robinson, 2 Joel Bodiam, 3 Lee Hicks, 4 Nathan Orr, 5 Andrew Laurie, 6 Sam Wooden, 7 Tim Condon, 8 Nick Harvey, 9 Ben Thompson, 10, Nathan O’Brien, 11 Hamish Bryant, 12 Kurt Gudgeon, 13 Todd Munn; Bench: 14 Jack Beasley, 15 Demitrius Ainuu, 16 Ryan Leggett.
ST PAT’S: 1 Nathan Lawrence, 2 Fale Liva, 3 Tyson Medlyn, 4 Chris Shephard, 5 Bailey Waldren, 6 Mitch Squire, 7 Matt Ranse, 8 Greg Behan, 9 Hudson White, 10 Brady Cheshire, 11 Andy Adams, 12 Nick Millar, 13 McCoy White; Bench: 14 Derryn Clayton, 15 Shannon Peters, 16 Daniel Bain.
COACH: Kurt Hancock.
NOTE: McCoy White adds plenty of size and experience to St Pat’s pack ahead of a tough trip to Mudgee. Reilly a big out too. The Dragons are expecting a big crowd for the Good Friday clash, but still no Corin Smith or Jack Afamasaga, both nursing injuries. No point risking either at this stage of the season though.
Saturday, April 15:
OBERON TIGERS v COWRA MAGPIES at Oberon Sportsground, Oberon.
MAGPIES: 1 Cameron Picker, 2 Nick Collett, 3 Desi Doolan, 4 Zac Browne, 5 Dave Brooks, 6 Warren Williams, 7 Cam Breust, 8 Blake Duncombe, 9 Rick Nobes, 10 Blake Tidswell, 11 Mitch Browne, 12 Toby Nobes, 13 Jack Nobes.
COACH: Rory Brien.
TIGERS: 1 Blake Fitzpatrick, 2 Dan Qoriniasi, 3 Abel Lefaoseu, 4 Jackson Brien, 5 Matt Ballinger, 6 Luke Branighan, 7 Anton Wereta, 8 Ryan Verderlin, 9 Luke Carptener, 10 Jake Dawe, 11 Mike Ingwerson, 12 Trent Rose, 13 Dave Sellers; Bench: 14 Nathan Booth, 15 Blake Miller, 16 Cody Godden, 17 Brian Maher.
COACH: Luke Branighan.
NOTE: Tigers unchanged after a big round one win over Hawks. CYMS coach Mick Sullivan has labelled Luke Branighan’s side the team to beat this season. Tough ask on the road for Cowra.
Sunday, April 16:
BLAYNEY BEARS v ORANGE HAWKS at King George Oval, Blayney (game has been played).
New Orange Hawks captain-coach Willie Heta was electric in his side’s 58-16 thrashing of the Bears at Blayney on Sunday, scoring a try, laying on seven others and booting nine goals from 10 attempts in the victory.
The one goal he did miss was from the sideline, and even then it hit the left upright.
Heta’s work at five-eighth was instrumental in Hawks racing to a 40-6 half-time lead, a seven-try rampage that left the Blayney faithful at King George Oval gobsmacked.
LITHGOW WORKIES bye.