Both the Western Rams U16s and U18s were eager for the 2017 SLE Worldwide Country Championship title yesterday at Cessnock, with both teams fighting right up until the full-time bell to take the games to extra time and become the Country Champions.

With the Country Championship title on the line, U16s Cooper Martin saw his opportunity to bring his team home scoring right on the bell. Thanks to the accurate boot of his teammate, Raymond Towney the boys were back in the game to fight for the championship title in extra-time.

A showcase of performance with the crowd off their seats, the Rams U16s, showed too strong for the East Coast Dolphins crossing the line twice to bring home the trophy 32-22.

Player of the Match: Campbell Woolnough

Western Rams 32 (C Martin 3, H Hopkins, R Towney, B Glasheen tries; R Towney 4 goals) def. East Coast Dolphins 22 (O Nosworthy, T Vickery, B Liyou, A Neal tries; T Vickery 3 goals)

A slow start to the first half of the U18s saw Rams down 10-8 against the Newcastle Rebels. The second half saw the Rams come back fierce, showcasing their scintillating form that has carried them to this point of the competition. Rams were down 26-20, with just minutes remaining Darby Medlyn took it in his stride to help bring the Rams closer to the win.

The pressure of conversions proved to be detrimental throughout the day, but that didn’t faze Matt Burton, proving the accuracy of his boot right on the bell to take U18s to extra-time with one last shot at being the undefeated U18s Country Champions.

Proving his indomitable performance throughout the Championships, Luke Gale prevailed too strong for the Rebels and crossed the line for the win. With another precise conversion by Burton, Rams took out the nail-biting win 32-26.

Player of the Match: Luke Gale

Western Rams 32 (B Naden, F Lamb, M Burton, B Searle, D Medlyn, L Gale tries; M Burton 4 goals) def. Newcastle Rebels 26 (B Hibberd, D Ryan, F Mateo, J Sullivan, C Bryant tries; L Bent 3 goals)

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