The Ben Bryan coached side played three games and the last day of competition was washed out as the North West side finished seventh overall.
They lost their first game against North Coast 15-14 which was a difficult game due to the rainy conditions at BCU International Stadium. “It was hard for the boys given our strength from all our games were out wide and it was hard to throw the ball around when it’s wet. We did struggle a bit in that game,” said Ben.
Game two was played against the Western region and North West claimed their first win 22-12 in a good performance. “There was no rain so we could throw the ball around a bit this time,” said Ben. All four Narrabri boys stepped up in this game and showed their potential with some blistering moves on the opposition.
Game three was played against competition heavyweights Sydney South West on Thursday and North West went down 41-22. “They were giants, they were just massive kids but we were more skillful then they were but the size of them they just rolled over the top of us. Each time we got the ball we managed to do something productive with it though and it was encouraging especially our back three,” said Ben.
The last day of competition was cancelled due to wet weather however the North West team had three boys
selected in New South Wales CHS first and second teams. Narrabri’s Dean Wilson made the first 15 team, Farrer’s David Jenkins was selected in the second 15 and Michael Scarth from Oxley High School was chosen in the 16s CHS squad.
“The boys showed what North West are known for and gave it a red hot go, we also won the team prize at the managers meeting for showing the right attitude in games and not giving up which is pleasing to see,” he said.
This year is the first year for Ben coaching the opens’ side along with manger Jarod Carter. “It is a new experience for us. We were lucky to have a great bunch of kids,” said Ben.
Ben was quick to praise the efforts of all four Narrabri boys and in particular Dean Wilson.
“He was our captain and was the standout. He managed to produce magic every time he had the ball and every opportunity Dean got he made something of it and he linked up well with other wingers that included Jydon Hill,” he said.
Dean will now be in action for the NSW CHS first 15 team that will compete at national championships later in the year.
The four Narrabri High School year 12 students have all made North West rugby union representative squads before and for Dean the tournament held at Coffs Harbour was the fourth time he had pulled on a North West jumper.