Round 7 Team of the Week and Match Reports
First grade match report 5 September 2020
This week saw us tick off four on the trot with a win that went a long way towards defining what our club is all about. Our coaches needed to make six changes to the side that took on the Vikings the previous week. In addition to Brendan Le Galludec and Sam Villata who were returning to the side from injury, we welcomed Nick Jervis Hamilton, Sam Ross, Dean Paragalli and Harry Quinlan (who had earned his first run on first grade spot) into the side. As we prepared to face up to the team on the top of the table our communication and combinations started to click and the belief really started to grow.
Saturday, the boys were ready and with the presentation of Harry’s jersey and Michael Andrew-Copsy’s 50th first grade cap setting the scene, the rev up speeches were subdued by comparison with previous weeks and the group were focused on the job to be done.
This match was the highlight performance of the as we defended our hearts out and refused to give in despite the pressure being applied by the Owls off the back of a lopsided penalty count. When Royals did have an opportunity to use the ball our back three were in sparkling form and stretched the Uni defence every time they took the ball forward. Dean Paragalli’s return to the side was warmly welcomed and he looked oh so comfortable hitting the line or slowing the owls ball at the ruck.
All in all a magnificent performance and a defining moment in our season. We no longer have any excuses for not preparing well and delivering from here on out. We’ve proved we have the depth needed within this club to give the competition a real shake and there are only a handful of games remaining in the season so our supporters can expect our teams to give their all every time they take the field. We’re well positioned heading into the final stages of the season and things are getting exciting. Bring it on!
Royals v Owls
A highly anticipated game against the two top teams in the women’s competition with the winner likely to become minor premiers, was won by Owls.
Unfortunately it was not to be for Royals, who started incredibly strong in defence by keeping the opposition within their 40m for the first 30 minutes of the game.The Royals scrum was outstanding, they absolutely dominated the owls girls from the start, shutting down any potential back line moves as the ball was unable to progress past the flankers. Royals were first to open their account, after a penalty was awarded 20m out from the sticks and successfully kicked by Ashlea Bishop. Unfortunately, owls scored quickly at the end of the first half and royals went into the half time break 7-3 down.
Royals’ started the second half with the wind out of our sails. The owls girls sensed this and scored again increasing their lead to 12-3. A silly mistake by the owls gave the royals another shot at goal, again successfully converted by Ashlea. The score was 12-6. THe next 10-15 minutes of play was disappointing for Royals, even though there was a sense that we weren’t that far back, we were unable to lift our game. Ashlea tried several times to kick the ball from mid field behind the owls full back however, was unsuccessful in all occasions with the fullback running it back in and a quick pass to the 13 and then 11, was how owls scored their final try for the day.
WIth five minutes to go, five meters from the try line, Cookie threw the ball in for a royals line out feed. A mismanaged catch from Ash Fernandes turned tragedy into triumph, which saw quick play from Izzy to Grace Kemp who ran a strong straight line at the try line sucking in four owls defenders. The royals forwards hustled quickly to clean out and lock over Grace, which allowed for a quick back line play from the 9 to the 10 to the 15 (Ainsley) who spotted a gap, called for the ball and fought her way over the line with 90seconds to spare.
The momentum that we were searching for in the second half came a bit late, royals unable to fight back. Despite the 17-11 final score, this was a huge improvement on the previous game and we will step up again come finals.
Colts Match Report
Colties had a game for no competition points against a composite lower grade Uni’s side. We also had a few help out as a number of our men were rested or had work commitments (it was an early start for us at Uni North Oval).
Colties hit the lead early and controlled most of the first half going to the Half Time break with a commanding 38-0 lead. Highlight of the game was a first half treble of tries to Rylie Douglas. Second half saw the Uni’s side a bit more competitive with Colties scoring another three tries and the Owls crossing over for one of their own. Full Time 57 -5 and a good hit out for the side the also provided the opportunity for the coaches to rotate a number of players on to the field throughout the match.
Tries to Rylie Douglas (3), Sam Keogh, Justin Mann (2), Sam Spain, Josh Colussi and Kayden Tuan.
Conversions to Cody Webb (4) and Ethan Harris (2)