Still ripe for season win

Written by: The Hilltops Phoenix

IMAGE: 18-year-old Mitchell Prest on his debut for first division Cherrypickers.

IMAGE: 18-year-old Mitchell Prest on his debut for first division Cherrypickers.

The Young Cherrypickers went to Wagga for the second week in a row, this time decimating the Kangaroos 60 to nill in round 12 of the XXXX Gold Cup.

Coach Nick Hall is a happy coach, saying the boys performed very well. “It was the sort of performance we’ve been working towards. We ticked all the boxes,” Hall said.

“It was a very good result considering the opposition.”

The Kangaroos brought rugged defence to the match and performed well, but not enough for the pickers’ attack.

One of the Cup’s highest scores, Jake Veney crossed the try line three times. Blake Hewitt, Nick Hall, Nick Cornish, Jesse Corcoran, Jayke Hogan, Mitch Cornish and Tyler Cornish also got a turn.

Corcoran starred in kicking with eight conversions, and Benjamin McAlpine converting twice.

Eighteen-year-old Mitchell Priest debuted for 1st division on the weekend. He’s signed to play for the Raiders SG Ball this year. Last year he was in the Country NSW team and toured the UK.

“He’s had a great year and we’re very proud to have him here,” Hall said.

“There’s no doubt he’s going to bring big things to the’s good to know, as a coach, that I can call on him.”

Prest went on 10 minutes before half time as Aaron Slater suffered an injury. He then played the whole second half.

Mitchell continues to make his family proud. His dad and uncle played for the pickers. His uncle went on to play in the professional league. The Cherrypickers have four games and two byes left before the semis.

“At this stage and with our trajectory, we’re likely to make the semi finals,” Hall said.

Their away matches are against Wagga South City Bulls, Tumut and Gundagai; with a home match against Temora in the middle.

KP Carmody

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