Cherrypickers reserves strengthen hold on top two spot

Jason Brown crossed for two tries in Young Cherrypickers reserve grade side's victory at Temora on Sunday. Photo: Bec Goodlock
Jason Brown crossed for two tries in Young Cherrypickers reserve grade side's victory at Temora on Sunday. Photo: Bec Goodlock

Young's under-19s returned to winning ways with a convincing 24-6 victory over Temora Dragons on Sunday.

The Cherrypickers led 14-0 at the break thanks to tries to Will Hill, Tom Jenkins and Zac Sell.

The lead was extended early in the second period when Ned Evans crossed the line and Jacob Lucas added the extras.

Temora were next to the score and despite the Cherrypickers being reduced to 12 players late in the game, the Dragons couldn't reduce the margin any further.

The final score was 24-6 thanks to a try before the hooter to Young's Nick Jenkins.

The result keeps Young in the minor premiership race two points behind ladder leaders Southcity Bulls with five rounds remaining.

Players' player was James Ferguson.

The under-19s take on Gundagai this Sunday at Gundagai. The two sides met three weeks ago with the Tigers winning 34-4.

17s

The Cherrypickers under-17s worked their way back to the winner's circle with a thumping 60-4 victory over Temora on Sunday.

A first half hat-trick to Nick Jenkins paved the way as the Young juniors piled on six tries before halftime, Jesse Simpson and a double to Harry Fitzpatrick helping the cause.

Jenkins grabbed his fourth early in the second half as Young continued to extend their lead.

Mitch Prest went in for a double while Michael Downer and Riley Brownlie also crossed the paint before full-time.

The Cherrypickers only conceded one try in the 56-point drubbing.

"They were looking for a big improvement after a disappointing loss the week before taking them off top spot," 17s coach Tom Bush said.

"It was a great reaction from the players after a disappointing couple of weeks. The aim now is to keep building after this performance and go into the back end of the year performing to our abilities."

Players' player was four-try hero Nick Jenkins.

League tag

The Young Cherrypickers league tag side suffered a second straight defeat against a high flying Temora Dragons outfit on Sunday.

Young conceded 40-14 in the end in a game they struggled to gather momentum.

"Temora is a quality side and we expected that. Credit to my girls they never quit and they keep going," coach Saul Lealaitafea said.

Best players for Young were Jane Mclennon and Laura Eastlake.

The Pickers will be aiming to bounce back against Junee on Sunday at home.

Reserves

Young's reserve grade strengthen its top two hopes with 44-14 win over Temora on Sunday.

Jesse Redmond and Jason Brown both registered two tries in the 30-point victory, while Matt Murray, Josh Reynold, Trent Veney and Nick Bush all crossed for four-pointers.

"Our defence and attack was again good today. It's a great result allowing us to hold onto second on the ladder," team manager Robert Bush said.

"Our attitude and teamwork was excellent."

Harry Nowlan, Stewart James, Jason Brown, Matt Murray and Jesse Redmond were identified as some of Young's best in the win.

This weekend they'll look to continue a strong run to finals when they host Junee.

"Junee beat us when we went over there in the first round. Hopefully our attitude is better than it was that day," Bush said.