Reserves captain-coach Joe Spicer. sub
Reserve Grade captain coach Joseph Spicer remains convinced he has the necessary fire power to win the Group 11 competition this season.
The inspirational skipper, who made a welcome return to the playing field in Sunday’s narrow 28/24 loss to Cyms at Pioneer Oval after a serious leg injury, said his charges would learn much from the painful defeat.
Leading 24/12 midway through the second half, Parkes were starved of possession in the final quarter and Cyms piled on three tries to clinch the important win.
It was Cyms’ second four point win over the Spacemen this season and almost certainly secured the minor premiership.
With four rounds to play Parkes will finish in the top three to earn two chances at premiership glory.
The irrepressible Nathan Baker won Players’ Player, while Peter White, Steve Dunn, Andrew Bourke and Adam Richards in the time he spent on the paddock were also prominent in a tremendous game of rugby league.
While veteran Duncan Constable was a late withdrawal, Bob Hunt came off the bench and impressed enough to play first grade later in the day.
Each side scored five tries and goal kicking proved the difference in a match that could have gone either way.
Parkes opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Richards made good ground for Dunn to send a superb cut-out pass to speedster Lionel Lovett to score in the corner.
Two converted Cyms tries on the back of ineffective Parkes defence edged the greens to 12/4, but Spicer’s men responded close to half time.
In the 28th minute Fred Edwards sprinted 15 metres for a great individual try and a minute later Bourke won the race to an astute Jack Porter kick to level the scores at oranges.
Jake Dooley came off the bench to score Parkes third try after 35 minutes, a penalty goal increasing the lead to 18/12.
A sweeping backline movement enabled the flying Bourke to score a great try in the north wester corner on Dooley’s sideline conversion made it 24/12.
Try saving tackles by winger Brad Kelly and then Edwards thwarted the Cyms charge but converted tries after 47 and 50 minutes levelled the scores.
Parkes continually coughed up possession in the desperate final minutes and a Cyms try two minutes from time proved the divider from Parkes ill discipline with the outcome on the line.
CYMS 28 (C. Cox, I. Navatu, T. Edmunds, L. Price, B. Gordon tries; Cox 4 goals) def PARKES 24 (A. Bourke 2, L. Lovett, F. Edwards, J. Dooley tries; Dooley 2 goals).
Referee, Steve Riley.
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Junior spacemen still looktowards semis despite lossParkes juniors remain focused on semi-final action despite a 32/20 loss to highly placed Cyms on Sunday.
While the Greens always appeared in command of an entertaining contest, Parkes lost few admirers for their tenacity, resolve and commitment to the task.
Cyms scored six tries to four and led 18/10 at oranges.
The loss means that home wins against Westside and Narromine over the next few weeks would guarantee a finals berth for the young Spacemen who continue to improve as the season unfolds.
Co coach Dennis Moran praised his troops at the awards function, given that several players had backed up from a Red Bend commitment at Cootamundra.
Once again Dyllan Phillips, who socred two great individual tries won the players award, narrowly ahead of Lewis Goodsell, Dylan Wakefield, Toby Tanks and Joe Press.
Cyms were out of the blocks with a try in the second minute but on the back of several penalties Parkes exerted pressure and Phillips scored a smart try in the ninth minute.
Two more converted tries edged Cyms to 18/4 but again that man Phillips ignited the crowd in a superb 80 minute sprint to the line that revived memories of co coach Paul Clyburn’s signature effort from the sixties.
Leading 18/10 into the second half Cyms again camped around the Parkes quarter and two quick tries increased the margin to an unassailable 26/10 lead.
Parkes would not die wondering however and fullback Goodsell, who appears destined for higher honours, sold the perfect dummy and scooted 20 metres for a great try.
The teams traded tries in the final 10 minutes with Wakefield registering Parkes fourth on the final siren to reduce the final margin to just 12 points.
CYMS 32 (B. Smith2, D.Cox, B Wood, H. Kepston, J. Hall tries; Kempston 4 goals) def PARKES 20 (D. Phillips2, Goodsell, D. Wakefield tries; B. Dwyer 2 goals).
Referee, Simon Hartas.
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