Round 1 of Lachlan junior rugby league was played last weekend with Parkes hosting West Wyalong.
Eight teams travelled from West Wyalong and one team from Gilgandra to compete against local junior teams.
The Under 10s started the 2016 season strongly with a win at home against West Wyalong.
From the kick off Jaidan Swindle chased hard and out-muscled his opponent to take him over the side line.
With the ball in hand and speed to burn, Jack Milne, Bob McEwen, Oliver Thomas and Josh Bowd scored some brilliant long range tries.
Caleb Crisp and Toby Cox found holes in the defence close to the line notching up a try each.
Parkes’ defence throughout the game was great with all the pre-season training really paying off.
The team moved up and tackled West Wyalong out of the game.
Final score saw Parkes run out 32 – 22 winners.
Junior Girls League Tag
Parkes fielded it’s first junior girls team in the league tag competition at home against West Wyalong, playing two games.
Game 1 against West Wyalong Red was a challenge with Parkes defeated 22 – 8.
The whole team played well and there were some great line breaks made by Alana Folau and Cheyenne Kelly.
Jorja Simpson scored two tries for the team.
Game 2 against West Wyalong Black was a much closer battle with Parkes going down 26 – 20.
The Parkes girls were very competitive with tries scored by Lilly Heraghty, Maia Hennock, Bronte Thompson and a double for Jorja Simpson.
Ava Hayes made some good attacking runs and Bronte Thompson was great in defence.
Parkes Under 12s fought hard against West Wyalong last Saturday.
The visitors were first to put points on the board after lots of dropped ball from both teams.
Parkes’ Wilson Duffy came close to getting over the line, but was unsuccessful.
As both teams began to settle, West Wyalong scored again to lead 10-0 at halftime.
Second half saw a much stronger Parkes side, however, West Wyalong put a quick try on the board.
Parkes began to look like a team as passing saw Jaimie Harper score with a successful conversion by Jay Arrow.
West Wyalong came back to score again. Bayden Moran saw a gap in the West Wyalong defence, scoring under the posts.
Parkes fought hard to protect their line, but West Wyalong were too strong and scored another try.
Bayden Moran made another break for the West Wyalong line.
Toby Miller kept the ball alive for Jay Arrow to score.
Bayden Moran successfully converted.
Parkes had fought hard, but West Wyalong won the match 22 – 16.
Parkes Under 14s took on West Wyalong last Saturday.
Parkes’ Cody Crisp was quick to score with a successful conversion by Nic Facchi.
A Parkes error saw West Wyalong score with an unsuccessful conversion.
Quick play by Parkes put Lachlan Swindle in prime position to twist and turn out of tackles and crash over the try line.
The conversion by Nic Facchi was successful. Parkes took advantage of a West Wyalong error as the team played the ball down the line, finding Josh Tanswell in perfect position to score an unconverted try.
A breakaway try from Dodo Sadrodo was followed with a successful conversion by Nic Facchi.
Cody Crisp scored another try which saw Parkes lead 22 – 4.
West Wyalong came back to score two tries before half-time.
Declan Piercy hit the field strongly after the break, scoring two tries in the second half with a successful conversion of one by Brendan Trim.
Nic Facchi scored and converted after Parkes jumped on a lost ball by West Wyalong.
The final excitement came after Dodo Sodrodo made a break, off-loading to Cody Crisp who scored.
Brendan Trim successfully converted for Parkes to run out convincing winners 44 -20.
Parkes junior rugby league teams will play in Forbes tomorrow at Spooner Oval.
Game times are as follows:
Under 7s – 9.15am; Under 8s – 10am; Under 10s – 10.50am and 11.40am, Under 12s – 12.30pm; Under 14s – 1.20pm; Under 16s – 2.30pm.
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