Guyra wins the Small Schools' Country Cup

WINNERS: Guyra Central School's under-13 team won the Small Schools Country Cup.
WINNERS: Guyra Central School's under-13 team won the Small Schools Country Cup.

Guyra Central School's under-13 rugby league team have been crowned Small Schools Country Cup champions after an emphatic victory on Wednesday.

The Guyra team faced Junee High School in the final at Bathurst's Carrington Park and romped home to a 40-10 triumph to claim the title.

A man-of-the-match five-try performance from Oscar Aitken contributed but coach Scott Miller was thrilled with the efforts of every player who took the field.

"He [Oscar] was announced of the man of the match and had an absolute cracker of a game," he said.

"Just defence as well.

"He was involved in nearly three-quarters of the tackles and just played his heart out.

"Right across the park, there was a lot of less experienced footy players that really stepped up today.

"One of our key front rowers, still on his haunches now, come down with a vomiting bug yesterday afternoon.

"He is struggling at the moment but our other front rower [Peter Campbell] had the best game of his life, he took a lot of the carries and tackled hard and stepped up when needed."

Miller credited the side for only allowing 10 points through.

"That is what I keep saying, their defence and the first five to 10 minutes in every game they have played to get to this point has laid the platform for the game," he said.

"That is what I tried to spark into them today [Wednesday], to get there and put in that big effort first up and to come out strong and hit hard and they did."

"We really don't have much size to our team at all and standing up to the opposition we were truly outsized.

"What they lacked in size they made up for in heart."

A large portion of the school team play together at club level and have won Group 19 grand finals.

Miller said the larger scale competition made it an even more special achievement.

"The boys were just stoked that really for the first big win for the school in a long time. Great for school and great for the town," he said.

"They have won Group 19 finals but this is state wide.

"They are all very excited."

Miller also praised the parents of the team members as well as the school for allowing them to enter the competition.

"Our principal and executive have been very supportive for the trips that are planned," he said.

"Support from parents as well."

Guyra Central will head to Dubbo in two weeks for a seven-a-side rugby league tournament.