Team of the Year and Round 10 Wrap Up
First grade match report
Last game of the regular season when we’d already locked in our spot in the finals and unfortunately, not a result we want to reflect on long. All in all we came up against an opposition who were fired up and looking to secure their own finals berth, and we were outplayed.
Strong performances this week were seen from our captain, Ben Johnston who hit the line hard every time he carried, Pedro Rolando who tackled himself to a standstill and will Morrison who consistently bent the line and drew the attention of the enforcers in the Gungahlin pack. Special mention as well this week to Ethan Rokorua who made his first grade debut running on as a reserve, and Tom Bodman who backed up from a game in 2nd grade to run on in the 1st grade fixture when Dean Paragalli pulled up sore in our warmup.
Joel Penders also brought up his 100th first grade cap this week and it would be a real shame to let the result of the game overshadow the outstanding achievement this represents for a young man who has been a Royals stalwart over many a season and is growing into his role as a leader in our club. Congratulations Joel and we hope to see you continue pulling the boots on for many a game and season to come.
Royals (45) defeated Goulborn (7) in a double points game for the final round of footy.
Royals’ started brilliantly against Gouborn who were no match for us in the first half. The opening exchanges were evenly contented, with both teams fighting hard to maintain possession. Around 10 minutes into the game the Royals started to settle and play our game… and from there things just fell into place. Royals won the majority of the lineouts and all of the contested scrums, which allowed us to play our expansive game and start targeting their wingers. A simple but effective technique which saw Brooke, Grace Kemp and Grace Sullivan over the line several times. Midway through the first half, Bree scored in the corner following a quick ball from the 9. In her final game of the season, Courtney had a great break from the mid field, unfortunately getting tackled shy of the try line. Rosie did some fantastic tackles and overall we worked really well as a team.
The second half was a different story. The Goulborn girls resumed the match with purpose, using the width of the field to create a try mid way through the second half. Royals tried to hit back, however Goulborn continued to dominate possession and won the contest at the breakdown. They also picked up their pace and physicality which really hurt royals and consequently, our communication stopped. Late in the half, we slowed the game down and started to regain our momentum. Royals scored twice in the second half, however both tries were hard fought. The second half was not the way we wanted to finish, however, in the end we came away with the bikkies.
Another great season from the Royals girls – time to regroup for the finals.
It wasn’t Colties day in our last home and away game (at Phillip), before heading to the semi finals, going down to Gungahlin 13-36.
After a focussed warm up the first 15 minutes of the match presented opportunities to both sides, with no points coming to either. Gungahlin broke the early deadlock scoring an unconverted try in the corner. We then had a few cracks at their line before Dan Goodwin crossed the line following a line out to us and some good phase play. Converted by Liam Maguire saw us up 7-5. Only other points for the half were a penalty by Liam Maguire that saw us have the lead 10-5 at half time.
We had the advantage of the windy conditions for the second half with the coaches asking the boys to play down in the opposition corner. It was not to be our half of football with our only points coming from another Liam penalty. Gungahlin ran in a number of unanswered tries, mostly off some of our mistakes. Things to work on and be rectified for the finals. Full time score 13-36.
3 points Adam McAuliffe
2 points Liam Maguire
1 point each Dan Goodwin and Harry O’Connor
With Royals fourth grade having a strong grip on the wooden spoon, we had nothing to lose. We were running a very short side this week with only 5 reserves on the bench.
Our boys were making a statement driving down field and playing inside the oppositions 40 meter for the first 25 minutes. Our defense holding them to only 2 break away runs, the second unfortunately ending in an unconverted try. But Royals attacked again and got in a quick try to new Sammi, converted by Goodwin. Just prior to half time an eagle went down injured and the half was blown early.
The men worked hard and were excited, so we just told them to keep going as they were. We changed fields for the second half with the injured eagle waiting on an ambulance.
The shorter field and downhill run definitely worked in our favor. Our defense again muscling up and offensive breakaways. Scheeles silencing his critics by making long runs down the wing and passing well to support, getting Pete over for a Goodwin converted try. Eagles tried to get some momentum, driving up field, but again they were stopped. Quick hands again saw Scheeles stepping around defenders and racing away, another excellent offload and Goodwin got in for our third try, but didn’t convert his own. Our boys may have started celebrating a bit early, having not been in the lead all season, and allowed the opposition to get in a last minute 5 pointer. But it wasn’t enough, Royals finally got the monkey off our back and got to sing our song.
Final score-Royals 19 defeating eagles 10.
Mr X points-Tom Hunt 1, Zack Spackman 2, Zack Russell 3