CYMS under-18s through to decider 

A MORE involved performance from Alex Bonham has helped propel Dubbo CYMS into the Group 11 under-18s grand final after a five-star effort against the Parkes Space Cadets at No.1 Oval Saturday.
Nanjing Night Net

Although the Spacemen were still in the game trailing 24-20 into the second half, CYMS finished the game the better to win 40-26.

This leaves Parkes with the task of beating Macquarie Raiders next Sunday in Dubbo to earn another shot at CYMS in the grand final.

Having Bonham put up his hand to lead the way from dummy half was important for CYMS especially with the team having suffered some terrible injuries in recent weeks.

On Sunday centre Braden Carney, wingers Damien Frew and Trent Ireson, and forwards Trent Runciman and Luke Baker didn’t play, with probably Carney the only real chance of playing in the grand final should he get over a leg injury.

They also had creative fullback CJ Ralph unavailable.

At half-time CYMS led 18-10 but in the same period they made a lot of unforced errors that kept the Space Cadets in the game.

Eight minutes into the second half, Parkes were back in striking distance trailing 24-20 before a freakish try by centre Zac London lifted CYMS, but more importantly broke the hearts of Parkes.

A midfield bomb by Parkes was left to bounce and as the 25 players stood and waited for something to happen, London attacked the ball and raced 70 metres through the dazed Parkes defence to score.

The rest was then easy for the minor premiers and they’ll start a warm favourite to win the grand final.

Coach Justin Yeo said despite the errors, the main mission was to win the game, but warned there was some improvement needed in order to win the premiership.

“We scored a couple of good tries and everyone tried hard, but there were some errors on the edges of the ruck and we’ll work on that this week,” he said.

“The good thing though is that they listen to what I say to them.

“Our fitness was another good thing for us and we finished off the game full of running.”

Yeo said he was particularly pleased with the busy game from Alex Bonham and also prop Billy Sing who played 50 minutes of the game and was strong in attack and defence.

For Parkes their best were halfback Chad Porter and second-rower Jordan Pope.

Porter’s kicking game and general organising was important for the Space Cadets while Pope’s ability to find himself in the right place at the right time resulted in him scoring two tries.

Poor handling and completions hindered both sides in the first 30 minutes. All the tries in the first half came off mistakes. CYMS captain Jason Boney crossed after a Parkes player was penalised for lifting and three minutes later Pope scored when CYMS failed to clean-up a grubber kick from Porter.

Parkes again erred with their handling, putting CYMS back on the attack and Bonham made them pay. Down the other end it was the same situation but a different result. CYMS coughed up the ball and Pope scored his second.

Then before half-time Bonham scored again and CYMS led 18-10. Lincoln Kavanagh advanced that lead to 24-10 before Sam Dwyer and Matt Clarke scored for Parkes to reduce the margin to 24-20.

That’s when the Parkes challenge finished.

Dubbo CYMS 40(Alex Bonham 2, Lincoln Kavanagh 2, DJ Gordon, Jason Boney, Zac London tries; Bonham 5, Boney 1 goals) defParkes Space Cadets 24(Jordan Pope 2, Sam Dyer, Matt Clarke, Blake Smith tries; Chad Porter 2 goals).

– Daily Liberal

Dubbo CYMS hooker Alex Bonham weighs up his options against Parkes. Photo: JOSH HEARD

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