FARRER Memorial Agricultural High School earned a shot at winning back-to-back University Shields after dispatching Dubbo College 48-10 in their semi final at John Simpson Oval, Farrer yesterday.
However it wasn’t without an early shock and some testing efforts from the visitors at times.
The Dubbo side stunned Farrer after just a few minutes when centre Warren Dodd out jumped Lyle Haughton to grab an attacking kick and race away to score.
He missed the conversion when his attempt hit the uprights.
Farrer bounced back like the ball and within a few minutes was in front when star fullback Callum Hayne dived over following a dart from dummy half.
It was quickly followed by a Dylan Manicaros try before Haughton finished off a good team try to score wide out.
Farrer led 16-4 and had a Zander Smith try disallowed after young Dubbo fullback Harry van Dartel was tackled before he had the ball from a Tom Say bomb.
While Dubbo fought back Farrer went into the break ahead 22-4 after prop Jake Cocking crashed over beside the posts in the final minute of the first period
Dubbo again fought back in the second half but tries to Say, Manicaros and Zack Leonard blew the score out to 38-4.
Jayde Wright did pull one back for Dubbo to make it 38-10 but Hayne finished off with two brilliant tries, one a great inside flick from hooker Trent Eather and the other from Manicaros.
Hayne finished with three tries and with Eather and Cocking was amongst Farrer’s best.
Fifteen-year-old fullback Van Dartel was his side’s best with an enthusiastic performance.
Second rower Wade Peachey also impressed coach Craig May.
“The speed of Farrer’s play the ball was too quick for us,” May said.
“My boys can hold their heads high though. “They’ve made it through to the semis and come up against a very good side.
“Coming here to play Farrer at home is the hardest thing in schoolboy football. It’s a great complex.
“And they are a well-structured, well-drilled side. They know how to play and what their jobs are.”
Farrer coach, Damien Kenniff, said the early try from Dubbo was a “similar start” to the Tumut quarter final.
“We started slowly there too,” he said. “But I thought we played smart in the second half. I was very proud of their effort today. Dubbo made us produce some good defence.
“Callum Hayne was outstanding, one of the few to play a full 80
minutes.” Farrer skipper Zander Smith was delighted with the effort from his teammates.
We play Bathurst now,” Smith said. “They beat Gorokan in their semi. We don’t know much about them but it’s great to be going back to Shark Park.”
Farrer will play Bathurst in a
In the meantime Hayne, Cocking and Manicaros back up for North Tamworth against Wee Waa in Sunday’s Group 4 first grade preliminary final at Wee Waa.
FARRER 4 (Callum Hayne 3, Dylan Manicaros 2, Lyle Haughton, Jake Cocking, Tom Say, Zack Leonard tries, Dylan Manicaros 4, Corey Manicaros 2gls) d DUBBO COLLEGE 10 (Warren Dodd, Jayde Wright tries, Dodd gl).