The team arrived in Nyngan late on Thursday afternoon and we got lost in a town with 20 streets.
Col Wright from the Far Western Academy who took us to our new home for the next few day.
Our hosts were fantastic, everything was arranged, people from all over the Nyngan district had activities organised which include pigs chasing, motor bike riding and catching a few yabbies.
Col Wright & Ken Fitzgerald had been planning this trip for the past 12 months and it all went off with out a hitch.
On game day ( Saturday ) there were two games on before the much publicised game against the Cronulla Sharks.
From the Kick off the Far Western boys were right into it, they play a tough brand of footy out there and the Cronulla boys got smashed, to their credit, it only took 10 minutes for the young Sharks to regroup and give it back to the Country boys.
De La Salle's Dion Beattie put the Sharkies 1st points on the board with a good try to put the ball down close to the uprights, and the Engadine's Micheal Morris added the 2 points, the Sharks led 6 - 0.
From the kick off the Sharks made plenty of meters, then on the last Man of the Match Reece Davidson (De La Salle) burst through the Academies defence to dive across the line, again Morris converted to make the score 12 - 0.
The Far Western boys put on a couple good moves which saw their winger run to the line only to knock on ingoal.
In the second of three 20 minute stanza's, the Cronulla boys had to work hard to get out of their own half when Ryan Giles (De La Salle) punched through half a dozen defenders to run 55 meters to score, this time it was Brad Ring from the Engadine Dragons who converted and added 2 valuable points.
Stacey Morell from Cronulla Caringbah came on the ground with immediate effect, using his skill and pace to carve havoc in the middle of the paddock with some great runs.
Ryan Giles capitalised went he caught a good little pass from half back Harry Day (Engadine Dragons) to score an untoughed try again under the black dot, Brad King converted and the score blew out to 18 - 0.
The Far Western Academy boys hit straight back when the 5/8 chipped the ball over the Sharks defensive line and regathered to score a fine try which was easily converted. 18 - 6.
The Academy boys were in again when they ran the ball, it got out to the wingers who fought his way to the line with a couple Sharks hanging on.
Rea Pittman from Cronulla Caringbah had a strong game, running hard at the country boys all day.
The Sharks forwards Zac Wedersweiler (De La) & Tom Fry (Cronulla Caringbah) kept running hard desipte the heat and caused some great clashed with the Far West big men.
In the 3rd stanza, the Sharks worked hard to get with in 10 meters of the try line and the Gymea Gorilla's Jack Sommerfield crashed over to make the score 24 - 12.
Andrew Montgomery (De La) was knocked out in the 1st third by a flying right hander then came back with vengence to make good meters later in the game.
Luke Dodge from the Dragons played well as did Menai Roosters forward Alex Bedford, Jackson Clark (De La) was the little general, with Harry Day steered the Sharks well and gave them plenty of opportunities.
The final score was 28 - 14
The Sharks coaching staff were fantastic lead by Steve Hardy & Les Davidson with Wiggy & Luke (Gorilla's) made the trip a great experience for all.
“The boys really stuck it to their more fancied opponents and should have score a couple more tries which would have put the pressure on the Sharks, said Steve Easman, Assistant FWAS coach. “But credit to the Sharks, they defended really well and took the opportunities when they came,” he said.
The Sharks are hoping to invite the far Western Academy team to Cronulla early in the new year to show the Nyngan boys how we do things in the Shire as well as play a game against next years under 14's.
Thanks to Ken Fitzgerald the Sharks Development Secetary, Col Wright the Far West coach and Kathy Barber from the Far Western Academy of Sport for a great weekend.