Wallerawang Warriors end New Era Cup regular season unbeaten

TOO STRONG: Wallerawang’s Ryan Gurney evades Kandos’ Ethan Parsons. Picture: JOHN FITZGERALD.

TOO STRONG: Wallerawang’s Ryan Gurney evades Kandos’ Ethan Parsons. Picture: JOHN FITZGERALD.

Wallerawang Warriors have finished the way they began their season in April – undefeated throughout the regular competition games - with last week’s final-round win over Kandos Waratahs giving them the New Era Midwest Cup minor premiership.

The Waratahs were below strength, and with no bench players, were beaten 100-5 by the premiership favourites.

Wallerawang’s goalkicker Josh Howarth still managed another bagful of two-pointers, converting the first five Warriors tries, and accumulating enough points from this game to be one of the favourites to take the competition’s top goalkicker and pointscorer awards.

Wallerawang have won every one of their games except for the 16-all draw with CSU in round 10 at the Bathurst club’s home ground that prevented them from having a perfect score from every game in the regular season.

In the other round-14 games CSU defeated Portland 50-0 at Bathurst, while Orange Barbarians’ 50-8 win left Lithgow Bears winless all year.

Wallerawang finished the premiership rounds on 25 points, two ahead of CSU, with last year’s premiers Villages United in third spot on 18.

Portland and Orange finished in fourth and fifth positions respectively.

Kandos Waratahs, and Lithgow Bears, at the bottom of the table, missed out on a position in the finals.

The finishing positions on the ladder now sets up semi-final games, both at Bathurst venues this week, between CSU and Portland at Diggings Oval, and Villages United versus Orange Barbarians at Paddys Field, the loser of this game to be eliminated from the rest of the finals series.

In leaguetag semi-finals CSU Yellow will play Kandos at Diggings at 1 pm, and CSU Blue play Villagettes prior to the men’s game at Paddys.