WITH the preliminary rounds just about over the Storm under 14 side has taken out the minor premiership.
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It has been a successful season for the Storm club with a number of other sides in the play-offs.

Results from last week’s round were:

UNDER 8

In the final home games of the season the Mighty Storm played the Warriors and the Blackcats.

Geiod Kuban was outstanding and looks to be a player of the future, receiving good support from Seth Reid and Eli Morris who both had great games.

Tyler Buck also had a strong game, especially in defence.

In the game against Blackheath Cats, Lachlan Reilly and Roman Peters made several damaging runs allowing Blake Goldspink to capitalise on their good play and build on his massive try tally.

A special thanks from the under 8s go to birthday boy Hutch Evans for helping out and scoring a spectacular four pointer.

UNDER 10

The Storm were in Mudgee to play second placed Mudgee knowing they had to be on their game.

The Lithgow side did not hold back and turned in one of the best games of the season to narrowly go down 16-14 following a last minute try to Mudgee.

Mudgee scored first, but the Storm hit back with a good team try to take a 6-4 lead at the break.

They continued this domination after the break with another two tries to put them into a good position.

Mudgee showed their class to narrow the margin at 14-10 and with a minute remaining Mudgee scored the winning try.

The loss showed the Storm can match it with the top sides and the improvement from the first round was vast as they went down 46-6 on that occasion.

Try scorers for the storm were Tully Kirsten, Ben Merrick and Ryan O’Donnell and the three points for best and fairest went to Luke Brown who steered his team well around the park.

UNDER 12

Storm travelled to Orange to take on competition leaders Bloomfield Tigers.

Storm ran into the strong wind in the first half and found it difficult to mount any pressure on the large Orange side, with the Tigers camped on the Storm line.

Bloomfield scored the first three tries to race to a 16-0 lead.

Storm came back when speedster Kierghan Brown took on the defence out wide right on the stroke of half time to score a 50 metre converted try to make the score 16-6.

In the second half no points were scored with the fulltime score of 16-6.

Front rowers Ben Murray and Tom Morris played their usual solid games, hooker Tyson Griffiths pulled off 13 quality tackles and back rowers Paul Siniawski and Zac Stanford were hard to handle.

In the backs, centres Kierghan Brown, Mark Price, winger Dylan Fittler and Zippy McHugh were outstanding.

Michael Sandona put in another man of the match performance, making 18 tackles and 15 hit ups.

The boys travel to Kandos today in a bid to keep their semi final hopes alive.

UNDER 13

The Lean and Bennett Storm were up against the Blayney Bears and they really put the visitors to the sword winning 60-6.

The game started out well with Lachlan Lennon steaming onto the ball to run 40 metres for a top try.

A rare mistake from the kick off saw Blayney score to lock up the scores at 6-all.

From then on it was all the Storm with tries going to Byron Wilson who leaped high into the air to pull down a David Brooks kick to score.

The boys were on fire and dominated Blayney who were defending strongly.

Matt Ringin had the forwards going forward while Ayden Howland, Dean Field, Lachlan Lennon, Mitchell Large and Byron Wilson were ruthless in their carries gaining big metres.

Michael Brooks had his backs working well with Brent Battersby, Trey Smith and Ben Allan running into holes.

At half time the score was 36-6 to the Storm.

In the second half Storm were well disciplined and continued to exert their authority.

Jarrod Northey and Jarrod McNair were strong in the forwards while the backs continued to have a field day and cruised away to score a massive 60-6 win..

The most pleasing thing was that when being ahead by 50 plus points in the second half Blayney had three sets in attack, but the boys’ defence held firm.

Try scorers were Lachlan Lennon, Byron Wilson, Ayden Howland, Ben Allan (2), Brent Battersby (3), Michael Brooks, Matt Ringin, Jarrod McNair and Trey Smith. Michael Brooks converted eight from 10 attempts.

UNDER 14

The Harvey Norman-Lithgow Professionals had a comprehensive 50-0 win over Blayney in Lithgow.

The Storm started the match strongly with a try to Cameron Denley from the Blayney kick off.

Jarrod McPhail was near unstoppable in attack and came up with three tries while centre partner Nathan O’Donnell also attacked well with two tries.

Toby Kenniff played well, taking the line on throughout the match and Jack Rainsford and Zac Longdon made good metres in the forwards.

It was a top performance for the Storm in both attack and defence.

The Storm now have the minor premiership wrapped up and travel to Mudgee today to take on the strong Dragons at their home ground.

Try scores were Jarrod McPhail 3, Nathan O’Donnell 2, Cameron Denley, Toby Kenniff, Josh Kitchner and Blake Oldfield 1 each.

NATURAL TALENT: Under 14 Stormer Cameron Denley. Photo: TANYA MORRIS lm081612denley

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