Group 11 2018: Always some extra ‘love’ when Macquarie and Westside do battle

SWAPPING: Dylan Hill is one of a host of players who has represented Macquarie and Westside in recent times. Photo: FILE
SWAPPING: Dylan Hill is one of a host of players who has represented Macquarie and Westside in recent times. Photo: FILE

Group 11 is lucky to have a number of derbies.

Every time CYMS meets a fellow Dubbo side there is a real buzz around the ground while the clashes between Forbes and Parkes seemingly get better and better each year.

But the all-Dubbo meetings between Macquarie and Westside have become unique in recent times.

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The games between the two have been spiteful at times while currently there’s also plenty of respect between two clubs which are both trying to rebuild.

The fact so many players have represented both sides in recent times also adds extra spice.

“Because so many of us have played for both sides there is a bit of love there,” Macquarie coach Dylan Hill laughed, having represented Westside himself in 2015.

“But it’s good for bush footy to have derbies like this and it should be a good game.”

Ironically, during the 2015 season Hill was playing for the Rabbitohs while current Westside captain-coach Claude Gordon was playing for the Raiders.

They aren’t the only ones with either. In the last few years alone, Colt Tairua, Kurt Beahan, Rowan Orcher, Corey Cox, Jade Hooper, Kurt Fuller, Thomas Clow and Kini Tanaulucavu have worn the sky blue or Macquarie and red and green of Westside.

Because so many of us have played for both sides there is a bit of love there.

Macquarie coach Dylan Hill

Cox is now in the green and white of Dubbo CYMS.

Westside and Macquarie are both chasing a place in the finals this season, adding more to Sunday’s clash.

“We got them in round one (this year) and anything can happen in a derby,” Gordon said.

“If you can’t get up for a derby then you won’t get up for any game at all. We’ve really got to work and hopefully we can turn up and the boys put in a decent showing.”

There will be four derby games on Sunday with league tag the first at 11am.

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