7 June, 2023
Junior League and Netball - May 23, 2023
Contributed by GJRLN coaches
It was a frosty start to the day on Saturday, May
20 as the Gilgandra Junior Panthers headed to
Gulgong for the Indigenous round. The Terriers
were great hosts, with the day including a Smoking
Ceremony and a Welcome to Country.
The U14s were hoping to go two-up over the
Terriers after their win last week but Gulgong had
other ideas. The game was played with strong
intensity and some big hits.
Despite the Panthers
throwing everything at it, in the end Gulgong took
home the points, winning 30-8.
U12 White also had a challenge on their hands
with the Terriers stepping it up a notch from the
previous week and no reserves to call in.
Panthers were possibly caught a bit off guard with
their defence, not at its usual standard early in the
piece, but they lifted and worked hard together.
The game could have gone either way, but the
Panthers showed their class and secured the win
It didn’t take long for the U12 Brown team to
warm up and get moving. Caine Bugmy crossed
the line early, putting the boys on the scoreboard.
This was then followed by Ezekiel Williams scoring
four, Jaxson Young two, and young Dallas Burrell,
who played up from under 10s, sneaking through
the gaps and going over for three tries, final score
All of the boys played great - getting in and
making some big runs with player of the match
going to Charlie Whiteman, who made some huge
runs and gained valuable metres.
The U10 Panther sides had a pretty tough day
at the office with both teams very short on players,
resulting in U10 White having to forfeit.
The team that did play are to be congratulated;
they played their hearts out and never stopped trying.
Let’s hope they have some more support in
numbers in the coming weeks.
The under eights had a cold start to the day facing
a big and fast Gulgong side on their home
ground. In the first game, they had to tackle a lot
and tackle they did. Liam Cosier was like a tackling
machine and made 20 tackles in the game.
Burrell went from an organiser to a big hitter;
Gulgong didn’t want to run at him.
Lilah Young, Tom Mudford and Xavier Connolly
ran all day, but the best player of the game was
Azariah Smith-Nixon, who ran hard all game.
The second game was the Ricky Bennett show.
Even Gulgong were saying “not Ricky”. Kordel
Weldon was born a footballer and can be anything.
Lachie Thomas is just hitting his straps, Jaxen
Altus was excellent, and James Riley and Acacia
Towney tried hard all day and are great leaders.
Under six The mighty under sixes put in big efforts, opening proceedings on the main oval with the under eights which is a highlight in anyone’s day! Great effort by the littlest Panthers, they are improving every week.
In the netball, it was the girls’ turn to shine with
the team’s starting to get into their groove and getting
a few wins on the board based on the results
that have come through.
U10s lost their game against the Rhinos but the
seniors had an impressive win 37-25 and the U12s
won 25-6 v Narromine - well done Panthers!
Congratulations to Panthers of the Week:
Under eight - Jaxen Altus and Azariah Smith
U10 Brown - Toby Starr.
U12 Brown - Charlie Whiteman.
U12 White - Jack Eason and Khyran O’Neil.
U14 - Sailor Ryan.
U10s - Harmony Jackson.
U11s - Milla Morris.
U12s - Sophie Carter.
Seniors - Makynli Hazelton.