Castlereagh League 2012 in brief
The Unicorns lost only two games throughout the season, their first competition game and the grand final, and on both occasions it was to be the Bulldogs that prevailed with a tenacious Warren outfit claiming the major silverware with a 47 to 32 victory in the grand final played at Coonabarabran.
The Castlereagh League season featured a wonderful semi-final series, with first of all a youthful Gulgong Terriers team defeating the Dunedoo Swans 30 to 24, this being the third time throughout the year that the Terriers had recorded a six point win over the Swans.
In the major semi-final, the runaway minor premiers, Coonabarabran, had to withstand a withering finish from Warren, winning 26 to 22, after leading 20 points to nil with just 20 minutes to go.
This meant that the Bulldogs would host the Terriers in the preliminary final, and what a game it was, with the hosts earning another shot at the Unicorns when they recorded a nail biting 33 to 32 golden point victory.
Whilst beaten, the young Gulgong Terriers certainly lost no supporters with their efforts, not only in the preliminary final, but throughout the year, stamping them as a team with great potential.
It is history now that the Bulldogs went on to win their second premiership in three years.
Earlier in the year Dylan Brand from Coonabarabran was named in the highly successful Western Rams Under 18 representative team and the Castlereagh League senior representative team had put up a courageous display against the powerful Group 10 team in the CRL Tier 2 Championships.
Peter Hazelton from Gilgandra and Stephen Moss from Trangie were both deservedly recognised for their invaluable contribution to their respective clubs when they were finalists in the CRL Volunteer of the Year Awards.
Warren’s Thomas Wilson had an incredible grand final day, when not only did he pick up a premiership medallion, he was also named as the player of the grand final, and also the Castlereagh League 2012 Player of the Year.