Mulyan Rugby League team have advanced to the final eight in the state after winning the Western Division playoff day in Orange on Thursday.
Mulyan qualified for the play offs with victories over Canowindra and West Wyalong in the first two rounds of the PSSA knockout competition.
Teams from all over the Western Division qualified for the play off day at Brendon Sturgeon Oval, including the powerhouse schools from Dubbo, Orange and Bathurst.
To come out of the day as Western champions you had to win four from four, lose one and you were down the track looking back.
The Red and Grey did not have one representative player in their ranks and on face value were not even mentioned as a contender for the championship.
All the talk was about Bletchington Public from Orange and Cudgegong Public from Mudgee, both were full of Western representatives. If Mulyan were to be crowned the “Best in the West” they would have to defeat both star-studded line-ups.
But first, Mulyan would play Lithgow and Bathurst.
It was a close one against Lithgow but Mulyan fell in for an unlikely victory 18-16.
Next up, Bathurst who could not go with Mulyan’s grit and determination and the red and grey marched on for a 20-0 victory.
Next up, Bletchington in the semi final for the right to play in the big dance.
Mulyan caused an upset over the home team through plain old guts and determination.
Mulyan repelled set after set from Bletchington until the frustration set in and Mulyan cashed in on their opportunities and scored a gritty 16-12 victory.
The big dance had arrived and it was against last year’s premiers, Cudgegong Valley who swept aside South Dubbo in their semi final.
The red and grey army proved with a little desire and belief that anything is possible. Cudgegong had no answers in the final and Mulyan ran out winners 24-6.
Among the stars for Mulyan were Kemp Riches who tackled his heart out all day, Clancey Holmes who played busted in the final but refused to limp off and let his team down, Harry Anderson ran hard and straight all day, Taleika Burns and Blake Sandry combined well to set up multiple tries and the resident joker James Mooney came up with two remarkable plays that sealed the victory in the final.
Mulyan now await the winner of the Riverina Division.
Fingers crossed the game will be held here in Cowra and we can rally up a big crowd to urge Team Mulyan into the states top 4 four.