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27 May, 2022

Junior Panthers pounce on the Terriers

Junior League and Netball

By Supplied

The junior Panthers made the trip over to Gulgong to face the Gulgong Terriers on Saturday, and what seems to be the norm for the season squared off on some pretty wet and muddy fields.

This week was ‘Respect Round’ where the clubs joined others across NSW in tak- ing the pledge to respect coaches and offi- cials who generously donate their time in support of junior sport. Gulgong are always tough competition and it was no different this time around, but it would be fair to say the mighty Panthers showed their ability and commitment to play until the final whistle and in most games came out on top.

Again, the netball teams had to sit this one out, and are no doubt getting itchy feet to have their turn to compete.
Under sixes

The under six little champions played two games, loving their time on the field and apparently produced some serious snoring in the cars on the way home.

This year they start off playing tag, which for those who are used to tackling their big brothers and sisters in the backyard has been an adjustment, and they are sure look- ing forward to playing tackle at the back end of the season.
Under eights

Under eight brown and white enjoyed two games each, and certainly earnt their trips

to the canteen. Both teams came away with some wins, showing how far they have come already in attack and defence. Led by cap- tains Connor Blackhall and Tiaki Diamond, under eight white tackled their hearts out all day and never gave up.

The first game against Gulgong white saw some individual brilliance by London Bennett, Archie O’Connor, and Lilah Young, all having some great runs and scoring some wonderful tries.

The second game against Gulgong blue was a game dominated by the younger play- ers, with Eli Blackhall exceptional in both defence and attack. James Riley tackled his heart out, with solid support from Jax Williams and Taj Hughes. Panther of the week was hard to pick but went to the birth- day boy Tiaki Diamond.
Under 10

Both under 10 Panthers teams enjoyed a win against Gulgong, with brown in particu- lar dominating the Terriers putting some serious points on the board and holding them out all game to zero.

Both Panthers teams are shaping up to be strong contenders in their competition this year and are sure to be in the mix come finals time.
Under 12s

The under 12 competition is always a solid match up and Saturday was definitely that on a very wet main oval, but the

Panthers dug deep in both games. Under 12 white played a tough game and came away with a 24 all draw, going try for try with Gulgong.

Jack Gibson notched up two tries, with Sailor Ryan breaking through at full speed to score one. Caine Bugmy also found the try line and produced some great kicking to convert all four tries.

It was a big team effort this week, with Panther of the Week going to Alex Cosier for a solid game all round. Under 12 brown came home with a loss but are only improv- ing each week coming together as a team. Under 14s

The under 14 took to the main oval late in the morning, which by that time was show- ing the wear and tear in the wet. After a bye in round two the boys were eager to take the field showing great improvement in their defence and putting plenty of pressure on the opposition resulting in great field position in attack.

The forwards put their hands up taking the hard meters in the middle and with quick play allowing Riley Warrington to pinch some valuable meters from dummy half. It’s only the second match of the season for the team but the halves pairing is already show- ing some great attack and both scoring a try each.

Tyreek Brown showed some fancy foot- work on a wet track and Cobie Carr was

solid backing up to take a Jack Louie offload, putting the after burners on to score a try from halfway.

Jack Louie scored a long range try right before the final siren to bring up his third of the day and seal a Panthers victory 26 - 22.

Congratulations to the team, a well- deserved victory.

Panther of the week couldn’t be split and saw it go to Connor Smith for his defensive efforts and Jack Louie for his great work in attack.

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Players and parents made a huge trip over to Gulgong, volunteering their time to coach, supporting the teams and very importantly, collecting muddy guernseys to wash.

Next week has the juniors once again taking on Walgett Dragons, this time on their home turf where they will no doubt be look- ing to reverse some of the score lines from their recent visit to McGrane.

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Panthers of the Week:
Under six: Chase Hodges.
Under eight brown: Laycee Hazelton. Under eight white: Tiaki Diamond.
Under 10 brown: Khyran O’Neill.
Under 10 white: Ryder Larkin.
Under 12 brown: Toby Davis.
Under 12 white: Alex Cosier.
Under 14: Jack Louie and Connor Smith. 


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