Venue: Melbourne University
Score: LOST 39 – 17
Referee: Jim Lawrenson
Captain: Ant Balocca
Man of the Match: “Pommie” Paul Holden
Where have all the Forwards gone? The game started with 2 backs and Walshie in the front row. Thanks Ant and Chris Peugeot.
We started off well and pressed Quins early in the game before a try by invitee “Rama” from Moorabbin. 5-0 to us.
Quick ball from the rucks and mauls allowed the Boxhill backs to run free and only the stout defence of quins prevented another score. Glenn Hill and Jim Halls leading the forwards in securing good ball and Steve Merchant had his backs running. Jamie Myers running into the backline time after time caused the Quins backs trouble but we were unable to penetrate the defence. Quins charged and due to loose tackling and good support from their forwards crossed the line. 5-5.
Pete Collins came into half and was able to evade the opposition tacklers to score. 12-5. This was looking good but Quins managed another try down the sideline and shortly after scored another. The half time score read Boxhill 12, Quins 17.
The second half commenced with Quins backs charging down the field when “Delicate “Dennis Collard put his body on the line for tackle of the day but unfortunately went down like the Titanic and his groans sounded like the Titanic’s Fog horn OOOOOOHHHH. Carried from the field he discovered ribs he didn’t know he had.
Meanwhile back on the pitch Boxhill still continued to attack and a brilliant knock-on and gather by Pommie Paul saw him over the line. 17-17
That was the end of Box hill’s scoring and Quins took advantage of Dennis being off the pitch to run in another 4 tries due to loose tackles and poor support.
With several players out with injuries the 2 week break will be most welcome.
The next match is on 13th June against Southern Districts at 2.00pm at Harlequins Melways map 60 h12.
Score: Lost 17 - 5
Referee: Gerry Collins
Captain: Phil Hand
Man of the Match: “Fast Eddy” Jackson
A home game, plenty of reserves and a fast backline, a large forward pack. What could go wrong?
We started off with good ball from the pack and our backs running straight gouging holes in the opposition backline but we were unable to score. The University defence kept us out for the first 15 minutes until, at last, the pressure by the Boxhill pack supporting each other let Glenn Hill over the line for a fine try. 5-0 to us.(unknown territory)
University soon came back and in reply scored out wide. 5-5.
With the Boxhill backs running free towards the try line and desperate defence by University it had the crowd on the hill to their feet in excitement. Unfortunately new arrival Dick Turner a dashing centre went down injured with a broken nose. Jamie Meyer was heard to mutter “What an improvement”! With a reorganised backline Boxhill managed to press the University defence but to no avail and at half time it was 5-5.
After the break the game seesawed up and down the field with many dazzling displays of vintage rugby. A try saving tackle by William”Fast Eddy” Jackson earned him Man of the Match honours. Good defensive kicking by Clive Welti at fullback and hard running by Francois Darcas provided moments of glory. University managed to score again out wide. 10-5.
The return of All black trialist Steve Perkins and the return from injury of Andy Ellis allowed a rotation of the backs. Again late in the game University scored and converted. 17-5.
A very fast game which did not suit our mobile pack.
Next week we play Harlequins at Melbourne University Ground Melways map 43 F1.
Score: LOST 38-28
Referee: JIM LAWRENSON
Captain: ROD JONES
Man of the Match: CHRIS (PEUGEOT) ANDREWS
A good day with no rain and closer to home we fielded a team of 20 players. It was good to see some old faces returned such as Pete Collins, Jamie Meyer, Sam Hema and Clive Welti. We also had 2 newcomers in Chris Goycoolea and Richard (Dick) Turner.
The Quenchies received the ball from the kick-off and immediately swung into action with good ball from the pack fed to the backline which looked like it meant business. The game surged back and forth until endeavour Hills crossed the line 5-0
The game continued with some determined tackling by the Quenchies but a loose tackle allowed Endeavour Hills to score again. 10-0 It looked as though it was going to be another benefit for our opposition but strong running by the backs put “Fast Eddy” over the line and under the posts for a try which he converted. 10-7
The forwards rucked and mauled strongly and a movement saw the backs heading for the line with the Flying Frenchman Francois sprinting for the line and cutting inside slipped a reverse pass to Pulsating Pommie Paul who scored. The try was converted 10-14. Endeavour Hills scored another try near halftime and at the whistle it was 17-14.
With their confidence growing the Boxhill forwards provided good ball to a backline that ran straight and tackled. Several probes by Fullback Meyers saw the Quenchies press Endeavour Hills hard and a brilliant toe on by Darcas supported by Meyers saw another score to Box Hill. This was converted and the score read 17-21, unknown territory this year. Endeavour Hills in reply scored again and converted. 24 - 21
A good run by Pete Collins saw him cross the line for a try out wide and was converted by Ant Balocca. 24 – 28. An offside tackle saw Chris Andrews concussed and had to leave the field after a strong performance at Centre. With the clock ticking down we’re in we thought but a lapse in tackling allowed Endeavour Hills to again cross our line twice within the last 10 minutes to run out winners 38-28.
Next week we are at home to Melbourne University, kick –off at 2.00 pm.
Venue: Endeavour hills
Score: Lost 34 - 10
Referee: David Meredith
Captain: Jim Halls
Man of the Match: Francois Darcas
A lovely day for a game of rugby as the weather was good but what happened? Only 12 turned up!!!!! It was reminiscent of the Frankston 9 of a couple of years ago. Do we not like to travel?
Booroondara were in the same predicament so it turned out ok in the end.
The game was played at a frenetic pace at least by Booroobdara and within 10 minutes they had scored. 5-0.
The game surged back and forth with many a surge towards the Booroondara line only to be halted by determined tackling. The forward pack rucked and mauled bravely with the ball being won to send our backs into attack. Led by Jim Halls the forwards held their own in these contests but backs were unable to penetrate the Booroondara defence. Loose tackling and good support led to another Booroondara try. 10-0. Late in the first half a backline move saw the ball reach the hand of the flying Frenchman Francois who powered to the line for a try. 10-5.
The second half saw Boxhill looking confident but it was to no avail and Booroondara ran in another try and convert. 17-5. Several times it looked as if the side would score with the forwards taking the ball up and then releasing it to our backs who pressed the Booroondara defence but could not penetrate. A series of forays by Booroondara saw another 3 tries and 1 conversion bring the total to 34-5. In the latter half of the game Boxhill managed to cross the Booroondara line and score. 34-10 and this was the final result. Many tries were saved by resolute tackling by Chris Peugeot, Fast Eddy and Francois.
Our thanks to the players from Uni and Moorabbin for filling in.
Next week (16th May) we play Endeavour Hills at Maroondah Melways 37 B7. Kick-off at 3-15 pm.
Venue: SOUTHERN DISTRICTS
Score: LOST 12-0
Referee: DAVID COTTERILL
Captain: PAUL HOLDEN
Man of the Match: COLIN REID
The first competition match for the season and 16 stalwarts travelled to Southern Districts. This seemed to be a good omen except there was no halfback. Luckily an offer from Melbourne University half Jamie Hutchins was accepted and he did a great job for us. The Referee advised that the new rule of “backs must be 5 metres back from the rear foot of the scrum would be applied”.
From the kick-off the Quenchies surged forward and pressured Maroondah in their own half and things looked promising. The forwards ably led by Big Jim Halls provided the backs with good ball from the rucks and mauls. The backs swung into action with Pommy Paul at five-eights showing leadership and had his backline powering towards the Maroondah goal line with breaks from centres Carl Ramage and Jiff Reilly but unfortunately determined defence from Maroondah prevented any score. Late in the first half Maroondah crossed the try line for 5 points but could not convert.
We had 4 substitutes in the shape of Stewart Smith from Quins and three local players from S/Districts, Mose, Apri & Tone. These fellows played well and provided welcome breaks for the Quenchies who were becoming fatigued.
The second half was much the same as the first with several charges towards the line only to be held out with metres to spare. Tony Traralgon, Rod Jones and Nathan(Captain Mainwaring)Banks provided tight rucking and secured good ball. Man of the match Colin Reid came on and showed that after 1 game he was an accomplished player. He soon learned the black arts of second row play and impressed Big Jim. The fleet footed Francois Darcas showed glimpses of brilliance on the wing and during a surge by full back “FAST EDDY” Jackson received a good pass and surged up the field only to be tackled into touch.
Maroondah time and again headed towards the Quenchies line and with strong support from their forwards managed to score under the posts. The game was played in good spirits and the main lesson to be learned was the need to back up and support the man with the ball. Next weeks game is at Endeavour Hills Melways Map 91 H8. Kick-off at 3-15pm.
A small crew of Quenchies visited Adelaide over the first week end of April this year, for the Rugby 7s.
Kevin & Jim left Melbourne first, on Thursday, therefore got to Adelaide first. Kevin was overjoyed when the hotel receptionist remembered him by first name from last year. Your reporter did not ask questions further.
Alex joined them in Adelaide for a beer that afternoon, and to provide team uniforms (cast offs from Hong Kong the week before), then went back to work and never to be seen again. Shame on him. Tony was accompanied by spouse, for some reason. Don't fret, she's been on tour before, and Greg joined shortly thereafter. An early night was intended to be had by all.
(Rod, Rick, Chris & Paul got in somewhere here?)
Whatever happened between Thursday noon and Friday evening is unclear. "What's on tour, etc. etc", but there is more than one pub in Glenelg, OK! All your reporter has been informed is that Kenya beat South Africa on the Friday night. Note that Kenya knocked New Zealand out of the Hong Kong Rugby 7s the prior week end and that Kenya learned all they know while training and drinking at the Box Hill club grounds in 2005! At least one Kenyan supporter also expressed a fervent wish to Jim, while rejoicing with the Unquenchables that Friday evening, to 'play at your club' (Help!). An early night was intended to be had by all.
Saturday was quite memorable, drinking Coopers pale ale, and I'm sure somebody does.......... Jim was again acosted by a stray lady, but this time she was actually known, having almost been granted honourary Unquenchables membership at the Adelaide Rugby 7s last year. No names, no pack drill, because Pommy Paul, who missed the event caring for his beloved Mum, is aquainted. Believe it or not, this stray lady's reason for being at this year's event was to bring a female work colleage to get ***d <i.e. better aquainted with a rugby man>. Your reporter is assured that this was a typical selfless act.
While leaving the stadium that evening, Chris made a friend of a person dressed in a policeman's costume. Unfortunately, the plod did not appreciate Chris' humour, so......he and Paul (his chaperone) were late for supper. Unfortunately, the joke was so crass we can not publish here, so ask Chris yourself! However, when you know that it involved Roy, an ex-clubman now living near Adelaide, you will understand a little more.An early night was intended to be had by all.
Sunday was finals day. Regretably, again drinking Coopers, but this time your reporter is adament that it was lite ale mascarading as Pale Ale (perhaps that's why some Unquenchables have grown green hair in the photos).
An early night was intended to be had by all.
Lots of authors over the years!