The junior Lions kickstarted the rugby league season at the representative level recently.
Six junior Mittagong Lions players played for Group 6 at the junior representatives gala day on February 4.
Raiden Crowe and Beau Bond represented the Lions in the under-13s side and Daniel Webb, Liam Bayliss, Tom Eccelston and Mitchell Bayliss represented the Lions in the under-14s team.
Both teams played games against South West Academy Sport (SWAS) Parramatta Eels and the Canberra Raiders at Kirkham Park in Camden in warm conditions.
The under-13s team played in a exhibition development game between each of the other players in the 34-man development squad.
The game demonstrated a fine display of talent and skill in the Group 6 region.
Mittagong Lions under-13s players Raiden Crowe and Beau Bond made a strong debut in Group 6 colours.
All Mittagong players will benefit from the boys' experience. They will be able to pass on their skills and development to their team mates in the green and gold.Mittagong Junior Lions secretary Billy Hayward
Both boys played on the wing and had plenty of firm runs and great tackles.
Mittagong Junior Lions secretary Billy Hayward said both boys let selectors know that they had a bright future ahead of themselves.
The Under 14s played in a three-way round robin against Canberra and SWAS.
In the first game SWAS were a little too good for Group 6 and the Mittagong boys. However, they represented well and demonstrated fantastic support and teamwork amongst other team members.
Liam and Mitchell Bayliss were consistent all day and worked well with their new Group 6 team mates.
Daniel Webb put in a good effort in the warm conditions while Tom Eccelston led with example, making plenty of metres and pulling of some great tackles.
Hayward said the club was very proud of the boys’ efforts on the field.
“All Mittagong Juniors have resumed training with the club and will benefit from the boys’ experience. They will be able to pass on their skills and development to their team mates in the green and gold,” he said.
The boys will represent Group 6 again and play against Group 10 in March. The boys will then play in the Country Championships and in the Wests Tigers Challenge in June.