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11 April, 2022

League season just around the corner

The Christie and Hood Castlereagh rugby league season is officially underway, after Gulgong hosted the youth league and league tag knockout last Saturday.

By Supplied

After months of hard work on the training paddock, the Pink Panthers headed for Gulgong once again under the guidance of Joe Wood and Kylie Louie.

The Pinkies came up against their old foes, the Dunedoo Swanettes in their first-round clash. For the first time in a long time the Pinkies came away with a determined victory.

Their second round clash was against a vastly improved Gulgong girls side and although the scores were locked at 4-4 when the hooter sounded, the Pinkies were awarded the match after being the first try scorers. A confident Pinkies side then came up against the Baradine Lady Magpies in the final, but the girls from Baradine prevailed and took out a hardfought match to claim the honours for the day.

Coaches Louie and Wood left Gulgong with confidence in the season ahead after the Pinkies put in a great team effort on the day and they now have a short break before their road trip to Cobar for the opening round of the competition on April 23.

Meanwhile, Panther fans will get their chance to see the 2022 Panthers in action when Gilgandra hosts the Castlereagh League knockout at McGrane Oval.

This is the first time that Gilgandra have been able to stage a knockout and coach Jamie Towney is looking forward to seeing his charges on the paddock after months of preparation. The Panthers have had good numbers at training with lots of old and new faces putting in the hard work over the summer months.

The Panthers will kick off proceedings when they come up against Baradine. The knockout will be the last chance for players to impress the coach before their blockbuster season opener when they travel to Cobar for the opening round of the 2022 premiership.

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