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14 May, 2022

Junior Panthers hitting stride

It was a great day out at McGrane on Saturday as the junior Panthers faced off against the Walgett Dragons.

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With the sun shining, the kids were keen to have a run on a dry track this week and their enthusiasm definitely showed, and it translated into points on the board.

It was wonderful to see so many spectators supporting the kids, and the many helpers who made it a great morning for the club. Our net- ballers enjoyed some game time against each other this week as Walgett don’t compete in the netball. The girls had some great games and are growing their skills every week, they’ll definitely be ready for some games against the other clubs in weeks to come.

With Walgett also hosting their local show on the same day, it was a tough ask for the club to travel over and we are very grateful for the effort they made. Our junior footy teams are definitely starting to hit their stride, with the under eights and under sixes having great games and showing how much they have improved already with their skills. Both under 10 teams came away with wins against the under 10 Walgett team in their competitive games, jag- ging them valuable points in the group 14 competition.

Unfortunately, Walgett were unable to field their under 12 team and forfeited their games due to other commitments, but we are sure they’ll be back with strength in weeks to come. The two under 12 Gil sides had a game against each other and showed they are both developing as teams with very little splitting them all the way.

Under 12 white finished up with the win 36-20 but there was some great defence and efforts across the field, well done to both teams.

The under 14 side got to spectate this week as Walgett are without an under 14 team, so they are definitely

looking forward to a run on the park soon.
This week’s match report is from Ash Hazelton, under 10 white coach

Congratulations to under 10 Gil white with a great come from behind victory over Walgett. It wasn't the best start to the game, but the kids grew in confidence in attack and defence making some great one-on- one tackles on the try line. They man- aged to hold Walgett out several times just before half-time to keep the score 18 to 10, Walgett’s way. Walgett scored straight after halftime to make the score 22 to 10 but with some indi- vidual brilliance from player of the day Kleon Reid, and some great runs from Connor Copeland, Mitch Beaton, Clancy Larkin, and Elijah Newton who all showed the ability to offload the ball and create space for their teammates. The team backed up superbly all game and were able to score several tries in the final 10 minutes to run away with 36-22 victo- ry. Congratulations to the team who showed great sportsmanship and the improvement is evident in every game they play.

The junior panthers head over to Gulgong next week for round three, which is always a tough day out but we are sure the kids will give it a fair shake on the scoreboard. 

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