Dubbo Photo News - - Front page - By GE­OFF MANN

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.

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