Western to host event for the first time in 22 years

After a solid training session on the weekend, the boys are up for a great week of Australian rules football. From left - Mark Ranger, Manager (Parkes), Joel Wilson, Coach (Mudgee), Jordyn Richards  (Cudgegong Valley), Braydon Hyland (Cowra), Blake Sandry (Cowra), Kieran Duncan (West Wyalong), Jai Bischoff (West Wyalong), Will Sloan (Bathurst), Dylan Davis (Lake Cargelligo), Jayden Williams (Cowra), Jake Roberts (Cowra), Liam Constance  (Orange), Jake Turner (Euabalong West), Freddy May (Mudgee). Photo by Jenny Kingham.

After a solid training session on the weekend, the boys are up for a great week of Australian rules football. From left - Mark Ranger, Manager (Parkes), Joel Wilson, Coach (Mudgee), Jordyn Richards (Cudgegong Valley), Braydon Hyland (Cowra), Blake Sandry (Cowra), Kieran Duncan (West Wyalong), Jai Bischoff (West Wyalong), Will Sloan (Bathurst), Dylan Davis (Lake Cargelligo), Jayden Williams (Cowra), Jake Roberts (Cowra), Liam Constance (Orange), Jake Turner (Euabalong West), Freddy May (Mudgee). Photo by Jenny Kingham.

For the first time in history Parkes will be the venue for the Annual NSW Primary School Sports Association (PSSA) Australian Football Carnival.

And for the first time in 22 years, the Western Schools Sports Association will host the event.

The carnival will be held at Northparkes Oval from May 23 to 25

Teams from 13 regions around the state will compete for the Bob Bevan Cup. 

Manager of the Western team, Mark Ranger said they believe they have a good mix of players from all over the Western Region to be a competitive side.

“We are especially looking forward to playing Barrier (Broken Hill Region) in the Red Dirt cup,” he said.

“This has been a tradition between the two country regions for the last three years.

“Being at home will give us a major advantage to winning the cup for the first time.

“After a solid training session on the weekend, the boys are certainly up for a great week of Australian rules football.”

Mark said all spectators are encouraged to get to the carnival and watch some exciting football, the best Primary school AFL in NSW.

“Save the date for the Red Dirt cup, bounce at 6pm at North Parkes Oval on the Tuesday night,” he said. 

“Western need your support to win the Red Dirt Cup for the first time.”  

Western will play two games on Tuesday, two on Wednesday and one or two on Thursday, a minimum of five games.

The carnival kicks off at 9am on Tuesday, and the final will be played at 1pm on Thursday.

“Straight after the final, the winning team will be presented with the Bob Bevan Cup,” Mark said.

“Then selectors will announce the 22 players who made the NSW team.

“The NSW team will compete in the National Carnival later in the year and as for the rest of the kids, that’s it for representative school sport for the year.”

Western team: 

Mark Ranger, Manager (Parkes),

Joel Wilson, Coach (Mudgee),

Kieran Duncan (West Wyalong), 

Ryder Smith (Lake Cargelligo),

Dylan Davis (Lake Cargelligo), 

Harry Roscarel (Ungarie),

Hugh Williams (Ungarie),

Ky Hurst (Millthorpe),

Jordyn Richards (Cudgegong Valley),

Billy Limbrick (Lake Cargelligo),  

Elijah Kendall (Lake Cargelligo), 

Jayden Williams (Mulyan), 

Jai Bischoff (West Wyalong), 

Braydon Hyland (Mulyan), 

Blake Sandry (Mulyan), 

Jake Roberts (Cowra), 

Ashton Ross (Ungarie),

Jake Turner (Euabalong West), 

Freddy May (Cudgegong Valley),

Matt Brown (Millthorpe),

Will Sloan (Bathurst), 

Liam Constance (Calare), 

Dylan Bendall (Tullibigeal), 

Manny Tobin (Bathurst). 

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