CYMS V WELLINGTON IN GRAND FINAL FIRST
THIS is the 73rd Group 11 Grand Final since boundaries were redrawn after the Second World War.
It seems inconceivable that these fierce rivals have never played a grand final.
There have been some magnificent Finals however, including in 1974 when it had to be replayed after extra time could not separate the clubs. The deciding final went ahead just a few days after the inaugural Amco Cup from which Wellington had three players backing up and CYMS one.
Wellington won the very first Group 11 title in 1946 and followed it up two years later. They then had a 33year wait until taking the 1990 premiership against Cobar.
Dubbo CYMS entered the competition in 1958 but it was ten years before they made a grand final, and 11 before they claimed their first Shield under Ken Mcmullen in 1969.
CYMS were known as the Greens until the 1990s.
Wellington were the Maroons, then the Roosters until taking on the Cowboys logo when Cobar entered in 1989.
CYMS hooker Luke Jenkins played his first Group 11 Grand Final at Cobar in 1998 when he led Narromine to a 22-20 win in the Under-18s. This will be the 18th time he has played on the big day since that first grand final at Tom Knight Oval.