Cowra's Noah Ryan features in rep side as Group 10 Tag and 18s teams announced

BACK AGAIN: Bec Ford will once again wear Group 10 colours, this time on Saturday at Forbes after being picked in the region's rep league tag side. Photo: NICK McGRATH
BACK AGAIN: Bec Ford will once again wear Group 10 colours, this time on Saturday at Forbes after being picked in the region's rep league tag side. Photo: NICK McGRATH

Cowra's Noah Ryan is the only local name drawn from amongst the local cohort in this year's Under 18s and League Tag teams as the two sides will do battle with the Group 11 counterparts this coming Saturday at Forbes' Spooner Oval.

Ryan, who is been named as a scrum-half, is one of only two locals representing Group 10 this year, with Warren Williams named on the wing late last week for the senior men's side, who will also play this coming Saturday.

Selectors were unable to pick players that represented Western Rams throughout the 2019 Laurie Daley Cup.

UNDER 18s TEAM

  • GROUP 10: 1 Angus Wilson (Hawks), 2 Dylan Miles (Panthers), 3 Lhiam Burrell (Blayney), 4 Sam Murphy (CYMS), 5 Aiden Nunn (Blayney), 6 Cody Lawson (Mudgee), 7 Noah Ryan (Cowra), 8 Tom Rodham (St Pat's), 9 Isaac Lettice (Blayney), 10 Jye Lawrence-Lyall (Hawks), 11 Kyle Morley (Hawks), 12 Josh Hanrahan (St Pat's), 13 Charlie Bailey (Oberon); Bench: 14 Jayden Fisher (St Pat's), 15 Lachlan Rayner (Mudgee), 16 Kevin Large (Panthers), 17 Cooper Akroyd (St Pat's).

Somers backs in League Tag experience over Group 11 speed

Group 11's league tag side has speed to burn, incoming Group 10 coach Mish Somers is happy to concede that.

But she's supremely confident her champion Group 10 side has the experience to again take out the Western Rams league tag crown at Forbes on Saturday.

Dominant doesn't justify Group 10's run in the competition, winning all six titles since the league tag championship's inception.

Last year's 8-4 result was the closest Group 11 has come to knocking off Group 10 and while Somers says the gap between the two competitions is closing the players in her region are improving all the time as well.

They're keen to prove that this Saturday.

I think playing a bit of a higher level week-in, week-out has been crucial for our success.

New Group 10 league tag coach Mish Somers.

Four of Somers' St Pat's teammates will join the crafty half on the rep scene next week while Blayney sisters Abby and Sophie Stammers as well as Hawks pair Jes Pearson and Bec Ford represent from sides currently sitting the Group 10 league tag competition's top three.

With 10 players from last year's Group 10 side also set to back up in 2019, Somers believes that experience will be key.

"And I think playing a bit of a higher level week-in, week-out has been crucial for our success as well," Somers added, herself part of three of Group 10's six Western titles.

"I know all the girls gel together really well and play a few different sports together as well.

CHANGE OF COLOURS: Mikala Mongan was a star for Woodbridge Cup and Eugowra in 2018 but has linked with Forbes this season and will represent Group 11 next week. Photo: NICK McGRATH

CHANGE OF COLOURS: Mikala Mongan was a star for Woodbridge Cup and Eugowra in 2018 but has linked with Forbes this season and will represent Group 11 next week. Photo: NICK McGRATH

"I think the gap is closing. They've got a lot of young girls with pace and from what I hear Dubbo CYMS has a pretty handy side this season, so we're keen for Forbes next Saturday."

This will be Somers' first crack at coaching a senior side.

"I've done a little bit but mainly in touch, Gary Goldsmith rang me on Tuesday and asked if I'd be keen and I thought 'well I'm playing I may as well give it a crack'," she added.

St Pat's picked up a 22-18 win over Blayney on Saturday, Erin Naden starring, as did blue and white recruit Paige Hay, who hails from Parkes and helped the Spacecats to the 2018 Group 11 trophy.

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Both are in the Group 10 fold this season and Somers was keen to pick the brains of the latter ahead of the representative derby.

"I'll definitely talk to Paige and get some insight there. She'll be keen to get one over them though I think," Somers said.

"I think Erin Naden's playing awesome at the moment. Sophie (Stammers) is always dangerous, Harriet (Messner) and Meredith (Jones), their combination in the middle of the field will be great to watch."

LEAGUE TAG

  • GROUP 10: 1 Erin Naden (St Pat's), 2 Jes Pearson (Hawks), 3 Abby Stammers (Blayney), 4 Paige Hay (St Pat's), 5 Amy Hotham (Panthers), 6 Bronte Emmanuel (St Pat's), 7 Mish Somers (St Pat's), 8 Harriet Messner (Mudgee), 9 Bec Ford (Hawks), 10 Meredith Jones (St Pat's), 11 Sophie Stammers (Blayney), 12 Bridgette Jasprizza (CYMS), 13 Lala Lautaimi (Mudgee), 14 Shannon Legge (Lithgow), 15 Lailee Phillips (Panthers); Coach: Mish Somers; Manage: Mark Jasprizza; Trainers: Karah Armstrong, Hannah Kelly