2022 Junior State Cup Wrap Up

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JSC Southern Conference ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ–ค
Orange Thunder came away from the 2022 Junior State Cup Southern Conference at Wagga Wagga with a number of honors, and another JSC Championship. Our club wishes to congratulate all of our players, coaches and referees who traveled the distance to participate and officiate at the JSC.
As the days wore on and the heat climbed higher, the sweat tricked from everyone’s forehead at Jubilee Park. However, it did not dampen the mood or events of the days. After months of preparation, coupled with the instability that COVID brought, all teams performed extremely well and played in the right spirit when up against a number of very competitive teams. Every player, coach and manager should be proud of the way they represented our great club.
Our Under U18’s Girls team, coached by Glen Prestwidge with the assistance from Phil Mooney, along with the amazing management skills of Michelle Prestwidge, were crowned the JUNIOR STATE CUP CHAMPIONS.
Heading into all the finals games all our teams came up against some tough competition with our U18’s girls facing our very own Sun’s Affiliate Club Wagga Vipers in the Grand Final.
Within the first minute things looked promising with Marley Cardwell making a break down the sideline, but unfortunately just couldn’t get there in time. However, our girls didn’t disappoint and within the first five minutes Jasmine Griffith brought home the goods with a great set up by the Prestwidge girls to score the first try, getting the girls a lead of 3-0 (under the 3,2 point system). At the eight and half minute mark our very own Sophie Banks dived in to score giving the girls a lead of 5-0. Jasmine Griffith scored another amazing try on the side with Lucy Dean scoring within minutes of the last. With five minutes left on the clock and Orange Thunder girls already up on the scoreboard against Wagga Viper’s 9-2ย  Josie Clarke (who was named Player of the Final) made a break through, extending Thunder’s lead to 11-2. The girls final try for the day was set up and completed by Caitlin and Hailey Prestwidge with 3 minutes to go giving the U18’s girls an outstanding victory, coming away with a final score of 13 – 6 score. Congratulations from everyone at our club goes to the team, including their coaching staff.
Now its time for the girls to head on to the JSC Final in a few weeks time ๐Ÿ†
Some other key team performances to note came from our U12 Boys, U16 Boys and U16 Girls teams, who all unluckily fell one game short of the decider, all going down in their semi final match.

See below our overall team performances from JSC Southern Conference.

Boys U10 – 5th in their Pool
Boys U12 – Semi Finalists
Boys U14 – Quarter Finalists
Boys U16 – Semi Finalists
Boys U18 – 5th in their Pool
Girls U10 – Quarter Finalists
Girls U12 – Quarter Finalists
Girls U14 – Quarter Finalists
Girls U16 – Semi Finalists
Girls U18 – Champions ๐Ÿฅ‡
As a club overall it was a successful event.
Our Club also wants to give special thanks and congratulations to our wonderful referees, with special mention to Mason Edgerton on receiving his L2 badge, as well as Savannah Draper on her GF appointment.
Our club wishes to thank NSW Touch Football and Wagga Touch Association for running/hosting the event and of course all players, coaching staff, referees, officials and supporters for their efforts over the last few months as our teams have attended a number of events including the JSC event in Wagga. Last, but definitely not least a massive thank you also to our wonderful parents for getting the kids to/from training and tournaments all season, as well as our hard working committee members who have been instrumental in running our junior rep program.

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