Wallerawang Warriors have finished the way they began their season in April – undefeated throughout the regular competition games - with last week’s final-round win over Kandos Waratahs giving them the New Era Midwest Cup minor premiership.
The Waratahs were below strength, and with no bench players, were beaten 100-5 by the premiership favourites.
Wallerawang’s goalkicker Josh Howarth still managed another bagful of two-pointers, converting the first five Warriors tries, and accumulating enough points from this game to be one of the favourites to take the competition’s top goalkicker and pointscorer awards.
Wallerawang have won every one of their games except for the 16-all draw with CSU in round 10 at the Bathurst club’s home ground that prevented them from having a perfect score from every game in the regular season.
In the other round 14 games CSU defeated Portland 50-0 at Bathurst, while Orange Barbarians’ 50-8 win left Lithgow Bears winless all year.
Wallerawang finished the premiership rounds on 25 points, two ahead of CSU, with last year’s premiers Villages United in third spot on 18.
Portland and Orange finished in fourth and fifth positions respectively.
Kandos Waratahs, and Lithgow Bears, at the bottom of the table, missed out on a position in the finals.
In the League Tag the Wallerawang ladies also finished minor premiers – albeit not undefeated – and they finished the regular season with a win over the Kandos Tiara-Tahs.
The Warriorettes ran out 22 to 4 winners, with Carlee Vanderhaar getting on the board for Kandos.
It’s not the end of the season though for the local side.
In the League Tag semi-finals CSU Yellow will play Kandos at Diggings, and CSU Blue play Villagettes prior to the men’s game at Paddys.
The finishing positions on the ladder now sets up semi-final games, both at Bathurst venues this week, between CSU and Portland at Diggings Oval, and Villages United versus Orange Barbarians at Paddys Field, the loser of this game to be eliminated from the rest of the finals series.
New Era Midwest Cup Round 14 results:
CSU Yellow 72 defeated Portland 24
Orange Barbarians 50 defeated Lithgow Bears 8
Wallerawang 100 defeated Kandos 5
LADDER – Wallerawang 25, CSU Yellow 23, Villages United 16, Portland 14, Orange Barbarians 12, Kandos 8, Lithgow Bears 2.
CSU Yellow 52 defeated Portland 0
Orange Barbarians 24 defeated Lithgow Bears 0
Wallerawang 22 defeated Kandos 4
CSU Blue 10 defeated Villages United 4
LADDER – Wallerawang 24, CSU Yellow 24, Kandos 17, CSU Blue 15, Villages United 12, Portland 8, Orange Barbarians 2, Lithgow Bears 2.