Western finishes third at PSSA Championship

Dubbo’s Jordan Moran has achieved a lot in his career from local RSL-Whitney Cup titles, to representative grand final wins and NSW Country selection.

But last week’s Primary Schools Sports Association (PSSA) Championship campaign with the Western squad is one he treasures as much as anything.

After years of battling for victories and often left playing off for minor positions on the final day, Western produced some of its best efforts in years on the way to finishing an impressive third in the entire state.

WINNERS: The talented Western PSSA side which finished third at the state championships last week. Photo: CONTRBUTED

WINNERS: The talented Western PSSA side which finished third at the state championships last week. Photo: CONTRBUTED

“It was absolutely outstanding,” Moran said last week at the conclusion of the carnival.

“The most proud I’ve ever been as a coach, the last four days.”

The third-placed finish was even more memorable due to the fact Western lost to the Polding on day one.

Following that loss the Western side, featuring Dubbo’s Nathaniel Ambler, Campbell Watts and Koda Sissian, scored a convincing win over Barrier and then two tight wins over North Coast and North West.

“We made 230 or 240 and then bowled them out for 50,” Moran said of the win over Barrier.

“We had North Coast on Wednesday and we got sent on a wet wicket and were all out for about 60 and then we had them 4/15 at lunch. But after that they got to about 4/50 but we rolled the dice and got the last six wickets for about 10 runs.”

Watts performed well with the ball throughout and was one of the best in the loss to Polding, finishing with 2/9 from five overs.

Ambler starred in the win over Barrier, top scoring with 63, while Wellington’s Arthur Taylor made a crucial 53.

Moran said the final day of the carnival, where his side played North West, was as much about ensuring everyone got a go as it was about winning.

DOMINANT DUO: Nate Ambler and Artie Taylor both got among the run and made a classy 149-run partnership on day two against Barrier. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

DOMINANT DUO: Nate Ambler and Artie Taylor both got among the run and made a classy 149-run partnership on day two against Barrier. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

But Parkes’ Harry Bayliss (54) and Bathurst youngster Tim Currie (43) ensured Western posted a competitive total of 7/176 and despite North West gaining the upper hand at one stage, Moran’s side fought back to win and seal third spot.

“We bowled the first 10 overs for only about seven runs but then a big boy came in and bombed a few but the boys showed a lot of character and determination,” Moran said.

“We got three wins from four and we haven’t done that in the six or seven years I’ve been involved so it’s a massive achievement.”

The South Coast PSSA Zone finished as the overall winner after defeating Mackillop by two wickets in a thrilling final.

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