NSW Achievers tour of PNG
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“It’s something this year’s team cherished, with the likes of Daly Cherry-evans, Tyson Frizell and Jake Trbojevic in the Australian team. The jersey presentation is an added bonus. Even in Australia that doesn’t happen every day and the boys absolutely loved it.”
Interestingly, Parkes duo Taleisha Quinn and Sally Dwyer were in the Jillaroos team while Tyrone Peachey (Wellington) and Jesse Ramien (Coonamble) represented the PMS XIII.
In the Under-23s Country tour that was running parallel, Ethan Mckellar (Orange) who was a star for the Western Rams earlier in the year, joined forces with Jack Kavanagh (St George Illawarra Dragons), a Dubbo junior, for the tour.
Months earlier they had been opposed in Country championships. Now they are bonded by a remarkable opportunity brought about by a visionary man from Nyngan.
Col Wright has ensured the Achievers tour concept continues by hosting PNG players with his Nyngan Tigers club and supporting their development on and off the rugby league field.
“It has been really eye-opening, both for our players and those from PNG who travel out west to meet and learn,” Col told A new look Western Zone team led by South Dubbo batsman Mitch Bower were agonisingly close to a place in the NSW Country Championship Final following strong performances at Inverell last weekend.
Just one point separated Western and their Day Two conquerors, Central Coast.
Western knocked off North Coast in a gritty display in their first match and proved too strong for home zone Central North on Sunday.
Newtown coach Ben Patterson continued his impressive start to the season with a match-winning double. Patto’s 92 and 3/47 took his weekend tally to 139 at 46.35.
There were standout performances from Brock larance who hammered 64 against North Coast and backed that up with 2/14, while Marty Jeffrey bowled the zone to victory against Central North, taking 5/54 with his leg-spinners.
The NSW Blues team will be named following this weekend’s southern zones carnival.
League stars (pictured below and left to right), Tyson Frizell, Tyrone Peachey, Jake Trbojevic and Zac Lomax were able to inspire and encourage the Under-16s Western NSW team Western Zone Cricket team: Back, Greg Nicholls (Mgr), Zac Bayliss, Ben Mitchell, Matt Corben, Josh Doherty, Matt Stephen, Ben Patterson, Ian Strudwick (Coach), front, Daryl Kennewell, Nic Broes, Marty Jeffrey, Mitch Bower (Capt), Tom Atlee, Brock Larance, Jackson Coote. Absent: Brad Broes (Scorer). PHOTO: SUPPLIED