Orange CYMS are one win away from hosting a third straight Group 10 premier league grand final after securing the minor title at Wade Park on Sunday, earning a week off before the major semi in the process.
After Bathurst Panthers handed Oberon a 54-4 victory on Saturday Orange CYMS needed to beat the Blayney Bears by 33 points or more on Sunday afternoon to seal the minor trophy.
The green and golds did that and then some, taking just 25 minutes to go past that mark on their way to a dominant 76-6 victory.
CYMS scored at more than a point a minute in the opening half, taking a 56-0 lead into the break and notching another four tries in the second period after taking their foot off the gas.
“Credit to Panthers, they stuck it to Oberon [on Saturday] and really put the challenge to us but we got it done pretty comfortably,” CYMS captain-coach Mick Sullivan said.
“We scored those [33 points] pretty quickly and that really took the pressure off for us, but fair credit to Blayney too they had a lot of first graders who played reserve grade and then backed up so it was a hard effort for them.
“We attacked that early and it paid off for us.”
That week off is going to be hugely important for Sullivan’s side.
The likes of Tim and Rob Mortimer and Chris Bamford are all in line to return for the grand final qualifier.