Score: Lost 24 - 31
Captain: Francois Darcos
Man of the Match: Peter Collins
A better result in that we actually had 16 players plus Bryan before kick-off. With 6 Backs in the team it was a more composed Boxhill that took the field. The forwards, including “broken Fingernail” Ramsden started off well by securing good ball from the kick-off. Halfback Steve Merchant sent long passes to 5/8th Collins and with the return of Birdy to centre the ball flowed to the wing but unfortunately we were unable to penetrate the University defence. An errant pass allowed University to score under the posts. 7-0
Play continued up and down the pitch until University scored again. 12-0
Good pressure from the forwards with Rod Jones making good ground ably supported by Chris Goycoolea and Jim Halls. In defence “Fast” Eddy and Francois the “Flying Frenchman” cleaned up probing kicks by University and commenced the attack which saw the ball moved back to the forwards and then slipped to 5/8 Collins who carved through the opposition to score. 12 -5.
The second half saw University score twice more and although hard pressed the forwards again took the ball up to the opposition and a rampaging Phil Hand crossed over to bring the score to 24 – 10.
We’re on the way back was the comments from the sideline but a few injuries started to slow us down. Chris “Peugeot” came off with a bleeding broken fingernail. “Put some tape on it, I have to get back on” he cried. Little did he know it was a compound fracture. Nathan Banks collecting the ball from a kick surged forward to create a ruck which allowed the backs to charge again allowing Peter Collins crossed the line to bring the score to 24 – 17.
Another foray saw University put on another try to bring the score to 31 – 17. Boxhill did not give up and a good run from Greg Joubert saw him tackled just short of the 22 line. Greg was carried from the field with a painful neck injury and was replaced by Ziggy who also carried a niggling shoulder injury from previous matches. A determined charge by Rod Jones saw him cross the line for his first try. The supporters went wild, another slab they cried. Rod Bird taking the conversion slipped over as he kicked it and was rewarded as ball hit the upright and went over for 2 points. Score 31 -24
A better game played in the right spirit but we need more players turning up as the same ones put in week after week.
Next weeks match on 30th July is at Melbourne University kick-off at 2:00 pm. Melways 43F1.
Venue: Endeavour Hills
Score: Lost 59 - 17
Referee: Gerry Collins
Captain: Nathan (Captain Mainwaring) Banks
Man of the Match: Chris Goycoolea
A bit better than last week as we had 16 players turn up plus Nigel from University as well as 7 support team.
With 12 forwards and 5 backs of which 3 were halfbacks and the others were a centre and a winger. The other backline positions were filled by forwards.
The game commenced at a fairly fast pace and the forward pack were putting pressure on the Endeavour Hills forwards by keeping the ball in close with rolling mauls. The heavier Boxhill pack was able to secure good ball but the backline was unable to penetrate the Endeavour Hills defence. The faster outside backs for Endeavour Hills caused all the damage and scored several tries. Peter Collins at 5/8ths made some strong runs but was unable to score. The forwards with a rolling maul near the try line allowed the “Chilean National Trialist” Chris Goycoolea to score near the posts.
The spirits of the team lifted and soon Boxhill was again pressuring the opposition and our dashing dental practitioner Phil Hand went over for another try. The supporters on the sidelines asked are we back. Unfortunately NO.
After half time Endeavour Hills again scored several tries despite the increased efforts in tackling. A brilliant passage of play by the forwards backing each other up allowed a ruck to form near the try line and again the Chilean struck with another try. The team went wild. I that 2 slabs next week they cried. The final score was an improvement over last week but we can do much better.
Next weeks match is at Harlequins. Kick off at 2.00 PM Melways 60 H12.
Weather: COLD & WINDY
Pitch: DRY & ROUGH
Score: LOST 101 - 22
Referee: Ian Chesworth
Captain: Peter Fuller
Man of the Match: Carl Ramage
A cold and windy day on a pitch that had seen better days. A stalwart group of 10 players took the field, all 11 of them including Brian (CLAPPY) Carrigan who left the comfort of his bayside retirement home to relive his youth. Unfortunately when Clappy played for the Quenchies we used to win.
A thanks to:- Eddie Jackson, Carl Ramage, Alex Tautau in the backs and Peter Fuller, Jim Halls, Rod Jones, Greg Joubert, Stuart Ramsden,Colin Reid, Tony Tennant and Clappy in the forwards plus 2 University gents for turning up and playing.
We were massacred by Booroondara who decided to inflict a humiliating score against us and despite our best efforts with only 12 against 15 it was inevitable.
Led by Peter Fuller and playing with the wind we were unable to score and prevent Booroondara scoring repeatedly. While the backs chased to tackle there were too many opposition backing up to stop tries.
The second half commenced with further tries to Booroondara and then the Quenchies decided enough was enough and with strong running from the backs Alex Tautau scored. Shortly after this one of the University players scored for us and we were becoming a threat to Booroondara.
Further tries from Tony Traralgon and Colin Reid helped reduce the deficit. A brilliant run by Nathan(Captain Mainwaring)Banks saw him charging towards the line and as he crossed for a try threw it backwards. NO SCORE. The fear of success in his eyes.
As it grew dark the referee mercifully blew full time.
Next weeks match is at Endeavour Hills at 2.00 pm Melways 91 H8
It is hoped that a few more players can find their way there.
Lots of authors over the years!