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2 June, 2022

Junior Panthers foggy day out in Coonamble

The Junior Panthers squared off against the Coonamble Bears and Baradine Magpies on a very foggy Saturday in Coonamble.

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The weather was- n't looking great as the cars found their way through the fog to the hard-working Coonamble crew trying to mop the netball courts, thankfully the weather slowly improved as the day went on.

All footy teams and for the first time this season, netball teams competed on the day with some great wins and team efforts.

The junior netballers were excited to finally get the chance to work their magic in their snazzy new uniforms and soon warmed up ready to play. Under 12 Gilgandra white took on Coonamble in a tough first game and were up against some girls who had height on their side. It didn't deter the Panthers as they ducked and weaved with some different moves and throws to get the ball down their end.

Unfortunately, the scoreboard went Coonamble's way, but the girls continued to try their best throughout the whole game. Gilgandra Brown were watching and learning from the sideline who then took on the Coonamble side after a short break, but again Coonamble proved too strong.

In the under 10s, Gilgandra Brown took on a mixed Coonamble/Baradine side and came away with the win, as did the Gilgandra White team. The girls have been improving through their training sessions at marking their players and spreading out when they have the ball and make the most of their chance to attack. The mixed under six/eight Gilgandra teams also did the club proud, again taking their tips from coaching and starting to come together as a team to support each other. Well done to all the netballers, continue to work hard and there'll be another chance to compete next weekend in Coolah.

The junior football teams were again well represented and a big effort from the parents to get the players to Coonamble and ready to compete. Footy games against Coonamble have traditionally been close, tough matchups with Saturday proving no different.

Under 14 took to the field against a combined Bears and Magpies team, who in the end simply proved too strong for the Panthers. Cobie Carr was this week's Panther of the week with some great runs through the pack and solid all round effort. With games every second week at the moment it has been tricky to find some much needed rhythm, but they have the ability to bring it home on the scoreboard and will continue to work on their skills at training, ready for their next challenge.

The under 12 white team kicked the day off on the main oval and with a few players out with injury needed a bit of support from under 10 Panthers Mitch Cosier and Jagger Hazelton to help them take the field. Both boys put in solid efforts and again shows the commitment and support from their own coaches to play up in the higher grade. The first game against the Bears had the under 12 white team come away with a 28-10 win, showing their strong defensive skills and commitment while also crossing the try line four times. Try scorers were Sailor Ryan (2), Jack Gibson, Mason Peters, and Mitch Cosier. The second game against Baradine, who were also short players saw some great sportsmanship from both clubs. Gilgandra's Ryan Byrne flapped his wings in the Baradine colours and scored his first try of the season. The Panthers managed to work their magic across the park, again coming away with a win 46-30. Try scorers were Caine Bugmy, Sailor Ryan (3), Callan Tobin, and Mason Peters (3). The under 12 white team are sure putting their stamp on the competition this year and are no doubt likely eyeing a spot in the finals later in the season. Panthers of the week were Charlie Whiteman and Caine Bugmy.

Under 12 brown squared off against the deter- mined Baradine Magpies who matched it with the Panthers early. As the Gilgandra boys settled into the game their attack clicked and they laid on some wonderful tries to take the game 36-12. All the boys put in a big effort and supported each other with Riley Hutchison, Ezekial Williams and Lloyd Hammond all running freely and scoring some classic tries. Dallas Carr and Jamon Priddis tack- led strongly to support their team-mates and only let in one try in the second half.

The young Panthers faced the Coonamble Bears in the second game, showing some grit in defence and Jaxson Young and Ezekiel Williams holding strong in the centres while Lloyd Hamm- ond and Dallas Carr patrolled the edges. In a tough game the Gilgandra boys again showed their potential and ran away with the game 32-12. Holding the Bears to only two tries in the game shows that they have the ability to beat any side when they defend as a team. Panther of the week was Riley Hutchison; he might not be the biggest

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Panther in the pack, but he plays with heart and passion and made some great runs in both games. The under 10 matchups were a big ask this week with both Gilgandra teams being challenged and needing solid efforts to come away with a few wins. Under 10 Gilgandra white had a great win in their first game against Baradine, which included some great team tries and a good attitude in defe- nce. Mack Hutchison scored two brilliant tries out of dummy half to secure the win and earned him- self Panther of the week. The Bears had too much momentum for the team in their second game, proving too good and taking home a 20-12 victory over the Panthers.

Under 10 Gilgandra Brown had a dominant victory in their first game against Coonamble, taking home a hard fought victory, and while there were some great individual tries it was their defence that made the difference in the end. The second game against the Magpies was a tough battle, with the Panthers showing the toll the first win had taken, threatening to run out of puff at the end. The team managed to claw back for a 24 all draw which was an amazing effort. Matari Towney showed some fancy footwork coming away with two tries, Khyran O'Neill jagged one and Mitch Cosier, in his third game of the day, showed his pure determination to never give up, scoring three tries for the team and making sure they stayed in the mix until the very end. Archie Valler was this week's Panther of the Week being strong in defence in both games and looked like he had spiders on him in attack break- ing tackles at will.

The under eights had two hard fought games each against the Bears and Magpies, squaring off against some mighty Bears who definitely had their measure for size. The Panthers hung tough however and regardless of the score lines again showed how much they have improved in defence and attack, playing well together as a team. It was the girls shining through this week with Lilah Young for under eight white, and Porscha Peters for under eight brown the Panthers of the week. Porscha was fearless in her attitude to the game, knocking off some much bigger players with great tackles and showing her natural ability with a sneaky step allowing her to find the gaps to the try-line.

The mighty under six Panthers continue to improve and show their pure enjoyment of the game. Oli Newton was this week's Panther, with some amazing runs and swift blink and you'll miss it ability to snatch those tags from the opposition belts.

Next week the junior Panthers head to Coolah, which for anyone watching the weather report, isn't shaping up to be all sunshine and lollipops, pack your winter woollies.

Panthers of the Week Football

Under six: Oli Newton

Under eight brown: Porscha Peters

Under eight white: Lilah Young

Under 10 brown: Archie Valler

Under 10 white: Mack Hutchison

Under 12 brown: Riley Hutchison

Under 12 white: Charlie Whiteman and Caine Bugmy

Under 14: Cobie Carr


Under six/eight brown: Ava Mallison Under six/eight white: Madeline Foran Under 10 brown: Kaliah Priddis

Under 10 white: Milla Morris

Under 12 brown: Ruby Lamb Under 12 white: Shavenah Reid 

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