Age Country Championships

junior illawarriors logoLast weekend two young Illawarriors teams, the under 15’s & 16’s and their supporters traversed the Great Dividing Range to Bathurst for the Annual NSW Junior Rugby Country Championship and the selection trails for NSW Country Junior teams.

Day 1 of the Country Championships saw both sides with two games to play each. The teams experienced challenging conditions with a very thick fog rolling in at the Bathurst Bulldogs Anne Ashwood grounds and visibility down to less than 20 meter in some stages of the early games. First up both teams played against Newcastle / Hunter region and recorded a loss each. The next games were against Mid North coast and Far North Coast, unfortunately and not for lack of trying both teams recorded another loss.

After regrouping on Saturday evening the under 16’s had a win against hosts, Central West. A spirited performance by the under 15’s against Central North resulted in a narrow loss.

Best player voted for the Under 15’s was Jake Hickey and for the Under 16’s Best Back went to Blake Wellington and Best Forward to Reuben Thomas.  Congratulations go to the following players who have been selected for Country 40 player squads. Under 15s; A. Moata’ane, J. Legaspi, J. Hickey, T. Cusack & J. Neich all hailing from the Camden Club. Under 16s Country; B. Wellington (Uni) & B. Gurney (Shoalhaven).

As a note of interest, spotted 5 former Illawarra Caldwell cup winners  having a mini reunion in the Bathurst Bulldogs Club house;  John Maynard, now Central West President , Ian Westwood Wayne Cusack IRDU Under 15s Manager  and Far North Coast under 16’s  co-coaches John Dokter and Mark Flynn.

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