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Locals impress but Nyngan take title

Friday, 6th April, 2012

PLAY OFF: Cobar went up against the combined Wilcannia and Menindee side in Cobar recently. PLAY OFF: Cobar went up against the combined Wilcannia and Menindee side in Cobar recently.

A combined Menindee/Wilcannia outfit left a big impression on last Thursday’s Far West High School Boys Trophy Rugby League Tournament while Broken Hill fought hard against opposition well versed in the 13-man code.

For two small towns, the Menindee/Wilcannia side had some class performers in Wilcannia hooker Victor Ward and Menindee-based halfback Kevin Newman, along with back-rowers Anthony Kelly and Jack Sloane.

Ward was his side’s player of the tournament as Menindee/Wilcannia won a match against Broken Hill (28-10), drew with Cobar High (12-all) and lost to tournament winners Nyngan (22-20) after leading 20-6 at one stage.

Broken Hill suffered three losses but lifted for its derby against Menindee/Wilcannia, keeping its strong opposition to 6-all at half-time before Menindee/Wilcannia powered away to a 28-10 victory.

With centre Lionel Mackeller its best, non-traditional Rugby League centre Broken Hill put in credible performances against centres immersed in the 13-man game.

Meanwhile, Nyngan High School could thank Jackson William-Hedges for its tournament win.

While the eastern-based side of the outback competition secured victory with a 14-12 win in its last match against Cobar High School, the foundations for Nyngan’s victory were built earlier in its second clash against Menindee Central School/Wilcannia CS.

Nyngan High was down 20-6 during the second half of that clash but Williams-Hedges scored two second half tries and booted a sideline conversion to win the match in a miraculous fight back. 

The Nyngan side had beaten Broken Hill 32-10 in its first match of the tournament and went through undefeated. 

Williams-Hedges was named Nyngan High’s player of the tournament as three wins from as many matches earned them nine competition points.

Cobar High had a 12-all draw in its first match against Menindee/Wilcannia before toppling Broken Hill 42-4 in its next match. 

Cobar’s player of the tournament Ethan Black (fullback) scored two tries in that big win.

Nyngan High now progresses to the finals of the School Boy Trophy at Dubbo on June 20.

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