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According to Chinese philosophy, 2009 is the year
of Ox. But don't try telling that to any Moss Vale
While St George Illawarra Dragons have been going
well in the National Rugby League, a little closer to
home the Moss Vale Dragons have had a stellar season
with a top three nish in the Group 6/Wests Juniors rst
grade rugby league competition.
The year of the Dragon isn't scheduled until 2012, but
Moss Vale fans hope this season will end a 19-year rst
grade title drought for the club.
The semi- nals run throughout September, with the
decider to be played on September 19 at Kirkham Park
2009 has been a stellar year for the Dragons, but club
president Ross Webb hopes the best is yet to come.
The year has been a turbulent one for Moss Vale, but
Webb says there have been more highs than lows.
The year started with mixed emotions.
On one hand, the club signed a new coach and
a number of new recruits, but die hard Moss Vale
supporters were disappointed the club failed to eld an
under-18s team. The club had enough players for the
under-18s but couldn't nd a coach.
The season proper started well with back-to-back
wins over Mittagong and Camden.
But some internal troubles were brewing and within
three weeks the new rst grade coach Paul Matthews
parted ways with the club. When Matthwes went, so
did a few of his "big name" recruits.
Reserve grade coach Randall Laughton took over the
reins with an instant e ect. Moss Vale won 10 of their
next 12 matches, including seven in a row in what was
the club's most successful period since 1990.
Webb said Laughton instilled some belief into the
Dragons, a team that has been made up of mainly
Highlands players since Matthews' departure.
"Earlier this year and in the last season or two I think
the players have known they could be competitive
but have never really believed they could win the
comptition," Webb said.
"From mid-season this year there is a belief there that
they are good enough.
"The players have taken more ownership of the results
on the eld and how the team runs.
Moss Vale Dragons having a stellar season
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