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Future sevens stars prove their worth in Orange

By Vittorio Travan

Sydney will play host to the future stars of New South Wales rugby with St Mary’s Public School Dubbo and The Assumption School Bathurst to represent the Central West region in the state finals of the Primary School Rugby 7s.

St Mary’s Dubbo and The Assumption School battled out an amazing final at Endevour Oval in Orange, with St Mary’s claiming a five tries to one victory to clinch the Peter Nugent Shield. The sides won through to the final after accounting for Catherine MaCauley and St Mary’s Orange respectively in the semi finals.

Some future stars enjoying their time during pool play on Endevour Oval .

The Western Region Primary School 7s, was the final stop of the Term 1 rugby 7s tournaments, with 70 primary schools from  Bathurst to Nyngan competing in rugby gala days right across the region for a chance to feature in the Orange tournament.

The Primary school gala days held throughout the term where a chance for central west students in years five and six to try their hand at the code and have some fun.

The Western Region Primary School 7s were the culmination for the final 12 schools to come together and play for the Peter Nugent Shield. NSW Rugby Development Officer Jarrod Simpson said the regional finals and the shield were put together in order to celebrate Peter Nugent who has contributed a lot of time and effort into Central West rugby  but also teaching and education in the region.

Mr. Simpson said the great atmosphere of the day and the sportsmanship displayed by the students were really exciting to see, and was a real celebration of what the Peter Nugent Shield aims to represent.

He said the Orange tournament and all the rugby gala days were simply a celebration of rugby.

“The tournaments were aimed to introduce rugby to kids at an early level and expose the sport to kids of all skill levels,” he said.

St Mary’s Dubbo and The Assumption School will now have the opportunity to play on Allianz Stadium as a curtain raiser to the May 19th game between the NSW Waratahs and the Otago Highlanders.

Both teams will now also look forward to later in the year, as the sides prepare to take part in the NSW Primary Schools 7s State Finals as a result of finishing top two in the region. The sides will now travel to Sydney to represent the region where they take on the best primary school 7s teams from across the state.

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Women’s Rugby brings new meaning to Central West

By Vittorio Travan

Women’s rugby is no longer an after-thought for 2018, after an overwhelming start to the season with the new 11 team competition offering a completely different product for Central West female sport.

After a strong effort to establish a women’s competition last season, this year the women are competing for the WestFund  Ferguson Cup, that has revamped and re-energized women’s rugby in the region.

After years of independent draws, no centralised structure to their games, Central West Rugby has implemented a new scheme has refined women’s rugby and melded the draws of both the men’s and women’s competitions together.

Central West Rugby CEO Matt Tink says the move is a great idea and hopes it’s positive intent can help get more women excited about the code and playing the game.

“There is a real welcoming of women’s sides as an integral part of rugby clubs and the girl’s will be an actual showpiece event during the season,” Mr. Tink said.

The restructure of the women’s competition will see both women’s and men’s sides play together more often at the same ground, in a move that will bring teams and clubs closer together. Mr Tink says this year there is real push to generate bigger crowds and add to the real excitement around women’s rugby. He says the smart clubs are really embracing this shakeup that will serve to benefit the whole rugby community.

Cootamundra Rugby Club vs. Temora Rugby Union Club in the first ever match in the WestFund Ferguson Cup

With some games during the season to be played after first grade under lights, there is a real effort to re-imagine what women’s rugby is all about in the region. The smart clubs, Mr Tink says, will get on board and make them apart of the speeches and make sure they are playing in front of big crowds each and every week.

Amanda Ferguson an Orange Emus player and life long supporter of Central West Rugby says the expanded season and the opportunity it gives to female players is unbelievable.

“I’m just excited that there is an opportunity for girls to go out and play, and if they get the opportunity to represent the country region that is awesome,” Mrs. Ferguson said.

“At the end of the day win, lose or draw, we are out their playing rugby and having fun. That’s what it is all about, building friendships within our teams but also within the other teams in the zone,” she said.

She says, the 15 round season will help build the opportunity for girls to develop their skill, playing against continuous opposition teams. Mrs. Ferguson said, the chance to grow the game and play a full season is an important step to allow players more opportunity to be recognized for representative honors and will allow the female code to expand its reach within the zone.

With the WestFund Amanda Ferguson competition expanding from last season, Mrs. Ferguson says she is excited to grow the female rugby community.

“Yes you go out there to play hard, as any team does. But once you get off the field you are best mates, and that’s what I am really excited to see grow within the new looking competition,” she said.

Mr. Tink said, clubs are embracing the new direction and era of rugby in the region and says it is part of a strategic plan to re-imagine what central west rugby is all about.

This is just the first step of a future dream that will hopefully see all 27 teams across the central west having women’s sides, which he says will provide a different and better quality sporting product for females in the zone.

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Great Session Against Manly Marlins

Great session for our Blue Bulls today against Shute Shield club Manly Marlins Rugby. It was also fantastic to have former Qantas Wallabies and Molong legend David Lyons working with our Blue Bulls. Country Rugby at its best again.

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Charging toward Country Championship.

Fantastic work from our Blue Bulls squad as they prepare for the Caldwell Cup. Good to see so many Blowes Clothing Cup and GrainCorp Cup players getting exposed to a constantly improving representative program. Having a quality person and Rugby player such as former Qantas Wallabies and Waratahs player David Lyons pass on his expertise and experience to our lads was invaluable. Great things are happening in Country Rugby.

 

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Easts Bring a Boost To Bush Rugby

The spirit of Rugby at its best. Great Work from Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union and Blowes Clothing Cup team Orange Emus Rugby Union Football Club and GrainCorp Cup Clubs Canowindra and Molong Rugby Clubs. Well done on sharing our wonderful game.