Canowindra Tigress flier Jess Fisher shows a clean pair of heels in her dash to the tryline during the Western Challenge League Tag tournament held at Tom Clyburn Oval on Saturday. Canowindra were defeated in the semi finals.Orange Hawks have taken out the third Western Challenge League Tag competition with a 20-18 win over Orange Cyms in the final on Saturday at Canowindra.
Hawks overcame a 10-point deficit with less than five minutes left of the final, storming home to become the third winner in as many years.
More than 160 players from three different competitions descended on Canowindra all showing glimpses of brilliance in the warm conditions.
Games were played in great spirit throughout the day and credit must go to all involved.
Cyms drew everyone’s attention early with a 6-4 victory over the number three seeds Condobolin Rams.
They then marched into the semi-finals with a victory over Cargo Blue Heelers.
Orange Hawks defeated Cargo Blue Heelers and Young Cherry Pickers in their march to the semi-final.
Bathurst St Pats and Canowindra Tigers were competition favourites and flexed their muscles in the pool games with big victories.
But the two Orange clubs took them on.
Hawks held St Pats to 6-6, but headed into the Final on a count-back as the first try scorers.
In possibly the upset of the day, Orange Cyms became giant killers when they defeated Canowindra 16-12, giving Cyms the scalps of both Woodbridge Cup Grand finalists Canowindra and Condobolin on the same day.
The Final was the best match of the tournament with Cyms getting out to a 12-8 lead at half time.
They led 18-8 with four minutes to go before a Tenielle Hill inspired fight back saw Hawks storm home.
Aleasha Clinghan scored first with Cass Vane calmly kicking the goal and it was 18-14.
In the final minutes Hawks outside back Sophie Beer swooped on a loose ball and headed off on a 90 metre run for the try line beating the scrambling defence to score to the right of the posts.
At 18-all Cass Vane potted the extras with nerves of steel, clinching Hawks’ first ever Western Challenge title and $500.00 in prize money.
Hawks 20 (Bec Bryden, Bec Darcy, Aleasha Clinghan, Sophie Beer tries; Cass Vane 2 goals) def Cyms 18 (Holly Gibson, Nicole Williamson, Kate Foran tries; Taylah Woodhouse 3 goals)
Player of the tournament went to Cyms’ Nicole Williamson who scored four tries and was electrifying every time she touched the ball.
A raffle donated by Canowindra Rugby League raised $500 for the Morgan Brothers Trust.
A thankyou to the days’ sponsors Donges Supa IGA Young, Canowindra Services Club and Western Rams Rugby League.
Grenfell Goannas 14 drew Molong Bulls 14
Orange Cyms 6 def Condobolin Rams 4
Cowra Magpies 10 def Blackheath Blackcats 4
Bathurst St Pats 22 def Molong Bulls 4
Orange Hawks 20 def Young Cherry Pickers 14
Canowindra Tigers 52 def Blackheath Blackcats 0
Orange Cyms 28 def Cargo Blue Heelers 0
Condobolin Rams 24 def Young Cherry Pickers 0
Bathurst St Pats 8 def Grenfell Goannas 0
Canowindra Tigers 20 def Cowra Magpies 0
Semi Final 1
Orange Hawks 6 def Bathurst St Pats 6 (on a count-back)
Semi Final 2
Orange Cyms 16 def Canowindra Tigers 12
Western Challenge Final
Orange Hawks 20 def Orange Cyms 18
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