WEATHER : Grim
PITCH : ZooTopground-Soft6
SCORE : 3-4
REFs : BillandBen
CAPTAIN : Kev the shoe Sandalls
Carlo’s calamitous clanger at the Zoo
Not for the first time this decade has a bombed try at the Zoo ground turned the result on its head for the Box Hill Quenchies. Who could forget the moment a few years hence, when a younger Carlo ran over the dead ball line in extra time. A jockstrap award soon followed. Will we this see a repeat jockstrap for the Fleet footed Carlo? queried Grant Fleet.
Indeed the monkeys squealed with laughter, the Giraffes bowed their heads, as ten metres out and well clear Carlo unfortunately just ahhh dropped the ball. This being relatively early in the game and with young guns Browny and English recruit Kevin Derby in the centres showing ample penetration on attack, the large crowd was left suitably amused but not at all concerned that the end result would be affected.
The Brumbies had other ideas though and won the game 4 tries to 3 with a pacy back scoring most of them. Credit to the ACT defensive line as they withheld countless hit ups from the rampaging Ramage brothers amongst others.
Territorial dominance hadn’t converted to points in this game. “This could be down to the coaching or lack of it on the day!” , might have contentiously suggested Life Member Grant R Mahoney, had he been there.
Grant had followed the game via the new Vic Masters Rugby score update App, whilst decked out in an almost new Wallaby jumper, and supping lagers at the European Bier Café.
The Burdett game plan which the team had diligently invested in all season was thrown out the window as it was decreed there was to be no kicking in this non-comp fixture. No clever little grubbers from Colin, No Chips over the top from Barge rs. Alas no chance for anyone to witness the hilarious sight of Pommie Paul toe kicking the ground rather than the ball and falling over, like he did at Booroondara only weeks ago. The jockstrap award has some stiff competition this year.
Nil competition points on offer this match meant the Admirable Burdett stayed home in
dry docks virtually grounding a rudderless Quenchie ship. This vessel was in dire need of a Captain Cooks Endeavour, or even a Welsh tug master to steer its course, mused Dennis.
The run at all costs approach had former Supercoach, and Danny Cipriani fan, Paul Moran absolutely seething, “Don’t they know!, first you’ve got to oof it down field like, then once down there play your Joker!, like bringing on a Jonny Orani when opportunity presents i.e when far enough ahead or well short. That’s how you win premierships at this level like!”. (Editors note, Paul Moran was not paid for this interview.)
In a pro-logue to the match some Brumbies and Box hill boys backed up an hour later to take on Maroondah invites in a dour contest with some notable highlights.
The return of Edward Muailiauailiusi (Big Ed) to the fray and testing out the elasticity of Jims shorts.
Big Glenn Hill may have surged ahead in career games from Walshy with racking up two games on the day, whilst Walshy was first in the showers again. The Quenchies statistician is meticulously going through the archives to determine the next likely milestone maker after the success of Dennis 600th. Will it be Glenn Surrey Park Originals Hill, or Kevin 40years straight no side trips to Stawall to play footy Walsh. Will it be Chris Puegots 20th trip to Box Hill Hospital?
This weeks game at the Zoo again, could be against a combined Chargers/Babas over 50’s outfit, with free guinness pies at the Dan O Connels afterwards, rather than Powerhouse, and a half cooked sausage, as reported in other media outlets.
Over and Out
WEATHER : Fine
PITCH : Firm
SCORE : 20-15
REF : Bob
CAPTAIN of the ship : Peter Collins
QUENCHIES BATTERED AND BRUISED ON ALL FRONTS
Crisis time at Quenchie headquarters as under siege head coach Prof Brian Burdett seeks to break the current losing streak, but is stymied with a depleted list of injury hit and absent stars.
The annual sojourn to Canberra of a contingent of quenchie and southern loyalists proved fruitful however with the Canberra Raiders retaining the Meninga trophy. Albeit with a rehab list extending to the outside carpark of the new Box Hill hospital according to Chris Peugot, who has his own parking spot there. With help from Maroondah boys in particular this week and with pace to burn in the outside backs the game was there to be won according to the Prof in a fire and brimstone pre-match address. Indeed with all 3 speed merchants scoring tries, two with debut slab tries, one could have expected a handsome win. Unfortunately Uni scored ugly and frequently enough to gain the victory on the day.< Heath, Carlo,and Russels Athletic tries all were quickly followed by game ending injuries. So common in high twitch muscled athletes explained assistant coach Doug Hunting Dog Hughes.
Highlight of the day came after young Heath cliff Priestly scored his first of what will be many dashing tries for the quenchies, unless the Rebel rising scouts were watching . Heath was so keen to pay up his penance for the boys ,he called out to his lovely wife Alice, who was watching on in wonder, ”get up the grog shop dear and get the boys their bonus for me”. So Alice in Liqourland it was, returning with a nice cold slab on the sound of the final hooter, or was that Mikey blowing his nose queried Russ Shelford.
A good close physical game played in good spirits and played to its natural end, unlike the Baa Baas/Melbourne game. And navy Pete wasn’t even playing noted Carlo.
Next two weeks are non-league fixtures ,being against Southern for the Matt Frost memorial game, and the Canberra Brumbie vets.
Interestingly Rumours are circling that former Victorian Vets coach of the year Supercoach Paul Moran will be casting his eye over proceedings in the next few weeks, as the Prof Burdett looks to re-group his charges and get the game plan and season back on track
Aka Heath Preistly
PITCH,part greasy part bog
WHITE LINE FEVER
A fierce contest against traditional rivals Maroondah, in conditions reminiscent of a Scottish summers day, was on offer for a strong crowd of Box Hill Unquenchable non-playing supporters.
Perhaps the grade weren’t playing, or they wanted any excuse to get out of the house, but yes numbers were out in force to help give Brian the Prof Burdett advice on how he should manage his charges for the day.“As if he needed it” quipped former New Zealand schoolboy Russel Shelford, you wouldn’t catch Brian playing your tallest player on the wing and your shortest as the lineout jumper would you now? Queried young Grant.
The Prof. had a star studded team at his fingertips with current grade backline supremo Clint Capell named at first five to help call the shots and bring home the bacon, or at least score some points. Indeed with a bench riddled with kiwi talent and Jif, the flying Carlo on the wing, Andy on familiar grounds, surely the Quenchies were in for a stout win. Or perhaps a Guinness after at the Dan o Connell, mused Denis.
The start of the game sore the blistering speed of Capell take Box Hill onto attack where they remained bogged in the mud for about 15minutes. Unfortunately during this period Clint was carried off for the first of several carear ending injuries during the game. Box Hill failed to convert their early dominance into points and allowed Maroondah too score the first of their 2 tries and dominated the middle parts of the game to some degree.
With the helpful interjection of several Uni stars in the second half the Quenchies lifted a gear and in the last ten minutes scored a good team try to the flying Carlo in the corner. Another close effort with Brians expansive game plan paying dividends saw Carlo running just outside the sideline preventing a try to help tie up proceedings. “Doesn’t Carlo know where the sideline is?” asked Mikey, who is looking very like a country gent these days in his Landrover and cheesecloth cap. He won’t make that mistake again given the chance! exclaimed Heath Priestly or I don’t know much about this game!.
The match had really picked up to a present a huge finale with forwards winning the pill for the backs to spin it wide to the go to man, yes the flying Carlo, who appeared on the opposite wing to cross the try line untouched and score a try that no doubt Clint, who had risen like the phoenix, would convert and share the points. Unfortunately Carlo being an avid tennis fan thought treading on the white line was all kosher. The ref however on protestations to the contrary from Maroondah witnesses and a raised flag from honest Andy Ellis, declined the try and called it a day. Carlo was furios, that was a try he roared! I was robbed! Once photogenial Jim had showed him his documentary evidence the cries of foulplay quickly abated, and Carlo looked for a dark and quiet dressing room.
A good close game in all,played in good spirits, bar Andys issues with halfbacks.
Maroondah turned on a sunny and breezy day for our first Masters' match on a hard and fast pitch. Both sides had the required numbers with some reserves and a few prior injured on the side line.. Clive elected to be the stand-in ref as there was a shortage of officials due to the Anzac day long weekend.. he is to be commended on a stirling job..
Most of our new boys turned out and also a blast from the past,Wilf, made a hard bustling comeback. Clinton filled in at half and had a major impact with his long accurate passes,Huw in the centres combined well between Jiff and Carl until he had a bump on his knee-- even his little tacked called him a wimp for coming off. Ian at 2nd row pulled off a couple of memorable tackles until his hammie gave out again ,,, now he tells us he is really a centre Most of the old stagers fared well as some of them wandered around the ground trying to make sure they didn't get in the road of the flyers.. barge-arse taking the ball up on his own, Ant coming in with some smashing tackles when needed,Jiff with his trusty boot as usual and Dennis being Dennis.. why do you all turn the ball inside when you have him unmarked outside???? A hard fought game in a friendly atmosphere with a result that could have gone either way... our combinations will come together very soon.
To all who missed out on the game.. you missed a treat official result a win 26-12
Next week we kick off 1pm at home rego and payment next Thurs night.
Venue : ELTHAM
Weather : WARM
Pitch : Good
Score : LOST 27 - 5
Referee : DAVID COTTERAL
Captain : PHIL HAND
Man of the Match : GRAEME FEATHERSTONE
Boxhill turned up with 16 players including Burdett for his annual game. Harlequins had only 7 players and we would have happily played them but they recruited another 8 from other teams so our chances of a 1st win were diminished.
With Phil Hand leading the team it looked promising as we attacked several times with the ball reaching the wing only to be stopped by a determined defence. With speedy Stu Ramsden on the left wing (our surprise attack weapon) we thought the backline success was assured. Boxhill pressed Quins back on their own line but penalties against us prevented a Boxhill score. Unfortunately, the opposition scored twice in the first half to put us down 12 – 0.
The forwards continued to take the ball up and unfortunately there were too many times the ball carrier lacked support so turnovers occurred.
The second half had Boxhill attacking and with pressure on the Quins defence Dr. Carl Ramage crossed the line. The opposition took this as a challenge and during the second half scored another 3 times. The backs tried to penetrate but with players playing out of position due to injuries etc it was not to be.
The need for players to regularly turn up is critical if we want to win, so let’s try to have more players each week.
Venue : MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY
Weather : FINE
Pitch : Good
Score : LOST 42 - 12
Referee : JIM LAWRENSON
Captain : CLIVE WELTI
Man of the Match : DAVID RICHARDSON
With a full team and 4 reserves we met Endeavour Hills who unusually had only 12 players so the referee instituted the rule that we could only have 1 player more than the opposition on the field at any one time. Boxhill started off well from the kick off and were soon pressing the opposition back. Endeavour Hills scored the first try but did not convert. The BoxHill forwards were securing good ball for the backs but were unable to penetrate the Endeavour Hills defence as too many times the backs tried to break through the line only to turn over the ball and put Boxhill back on the defence.
From a loose ruck the ball was passed out on the blind side and reached that intrepid winger Dennis Collard who surprising all caught the pass and ran towards the line stepping around an opponent (who was obviously asleep) to score under the posts. The crowds on the sideline were amazed and thought it must be a mirage. Clive Welti kicked the conversion and the half time score was 12 – 7 to Endeavour Hills.
The opposition ran in several tries due to poor tackling and it was not until the 15th minute of the second half that BoxHill actually scored. Daniel Gaspic playing his first game of Rugby Union after a nine year lay off from League scored from loose play after the forwards had driven the opposition back near their own line. He was congratulated by all and promptly advised by Dennis that he was up for a slab continuing the tradition of the first try scored by a player for the Unquenchables must buy a slab of beer. Endeavour Hills continued to score despite good runs from David Selby-smith , Peter Collins and Clive Welti . We suffered several injuries in the second half to Clive Welti, Ant Balocca and Hinga Marsh which did not help. The final score of 42 – 12 did not reflect the standard of the game.
This season we have lost several players to injuries keeping them out for the rest of the year. Raymon Geujels and Carlo Fogale will be out until 2012 season.
Venue : Moorabbin
Weather : Fine & windy
Pitch : Good
Score : LOST 71 to 5
Referee : Lee Lorne
Captain : Nathan (Captain Mannering) Banks
Man of the Match : Clive Welti
On a blustery fine day the Quenchies turned up to do battle with Moorabbin. At least some did.
Lacking some outside backs for a variety of reasons we fielded a full team. Kicking into the wind the Quenchies found it hard to make advancement particularly when kicking as the ball travelled 2 metres forward then 3 metres back. Moorabbin started to score and by half time had crossed our line 7 times. We were grateful they did not have a kicker. Several forays into the Moorabbin half saw Boxhill stopped short by tenacious defence. Clive Welti at 5/8ths led the backs in several attacking manoeuvres forcing the Moorabbin players to cover defence. Carlo Fogale chased and tackled all day but was outnumbered by too many Moorabbin players supporting the ball carrier.
In the second half the forwards made inroads against the Moorabbin Pack with rolling mauls gaining advantage to then send the backs away in another probing attack. Moorabbin still managed to score several times and it looked like Boxhill would be scoreless until one of the “ring ins” scored for us . WE held them to only 6 tries in the second half as they must have been tiring.
With too many players absent many had to play a full game and this showed our fitness levels.
Venue : Boxhill
Weather : Warm & Sunny
Pitch : Soft, Very Good
Score : LOST 27 to 22
Referee : Jim Lawrenson & David Meredith
Captain : Kevin Walsh
Man of the Match : Jim Halls
The start of a new season at Boxhill . We welcomed several new players have joined us this year 2 of them not having played the game before. They are Hinga Marsh, Carlo Fogale, David Richardson, Raymon Geijels and also Mike Railey returning after a few years absence.
A confident team led by Kevin Walsh took the field and were soon putting pressure on Eltham. The forwards won good ball and Quinton Ritchie sent the backs into attack with the ball reaching Collard on the wing where he was tackled into touch. The play seesawed up and down the field until Eltham scored out wide. With the score 5 – 0 Boxhill again attacked and through a series of second phase play until Pete Fuller starting the season after being in a good paddock scored used his bulk to cross the line to even the score. Eltham scored again and the half time score was 12 – 5./p>
Early in the second half with Boxhill pressing Eltham deep in their own 22 a brilliant intercept by Jiff Reilly in front of the posts resulted in a try. Jiff converted and the score was 12 all.
Shortly afterwards Captain Kevin Walsh crossed the line after a continuous attack by the forwards. With the score at 17-12 Eltham swept down the field and scored out wide to level the scores again. New player David Richardson showed his turn of speed following up a kick to tackle the Eltham Fullback and hold up play until the Boxhill forwards arrived. Shortly after this David received a pass out wide and scored his first try in his maiden game. He was promptly advised that he was up for a slab next week. Eltham replied with another 2 tries late in the second half and just managed to hold out Boxhill till fulltime. It was a very even game and played in the right spirit.
Venue: Melbourne University
Score: LOST 24 - 5
Referee: CHRIS PETTERILL
Captain: PHIL HAND
Man of the Match: CHRIS VAN DER MEOWE
A good day for Rugby, cool weather, and a soft pitch. After last week when we had 18 it was a disappointment to only field13 but with a few players from University helping out we had a full team.
The game started off well with Boxhill applying pressure from the kick-off. The forwards took the ball up and then released it to the backs who ran the ball with crisp passing out to the wings. Maroondah fought back just as hard and with hard running were the first to score. 5 -0.
Boxhill again attacked and when Pete Collins was crunched in a tackle the attack ceased. Pete was helped from the field with a neck injury and took no further part in the game. Injuries have hit us hard this season with Clive (Ribs), Francois (bruised ribs) Andrews (broken finger nail again) and other players not available. The forwards led by Captain Phil pushed towards the line backing up the backs to come within metres of the try line only to be repulsed by the Maroondah defence. The return of Chris Goycoolea was a welcome addition to the team. The Maroondah backs managed to score again before half time and the score remained at 10 – 0 at the half time whistle.
In the second half Boxhill were able to run the ball and a loose ruck saw the forwards deliver the ball to the backline where Quinton Ritchie scored. We failed to kick the conversion, 10 - 5. Injuries again robbed us of chances with Carl Ramage suffering a neck injury. Drizzling rain slowed the game and the wet ball made handling difficult. Maroondah scored twice in the second half and converted both tries. The final score was 24 – 5.
Hopefully with the break next week our injuries may have healed and we can field a full team again.
Score: LOST 34 - 5
Referee: Jim Lawrenson/Dave Cotterill
Captain: Denis Collard
Man of the Match: Alex Tautau
A perfect rugby day and we had a full team with reserves in both the backs and the forwards.
The game ebbed and flow from the kickoff and with a good backline Boxhill started to look dangerous. The forwards secured good ball and sent the backs surging to the line only to be repulsed by determined defence from Southern Districts time and again. Eventually Southern Districts managed to score a try and it seemed as though it was going to be another runaway game. With about 10 minutes to go to halftime the Quenchies pushed the Southern districts back into their own 22 and after continued pressure 5/8ths Welti crossed over for the equaliser. Things were looking better as the half time whistle blew.
During the break the team noticed that the hero of the last match who had been carried shoulder high from the field after scoring his first try for 5 years had neglected to provide the mandatory slab and were very disappointed. This moral sapper may have been the cause of our downfall in the second half as Southern Districts started to wreak havoc through our defences.
The forwards ably led by Tony Traralgon, Cameron Gardner and Peter Fuller continued to press towards the line. The backs made several breaks only to find that the support was not there. This was the difference in the two teams as Districts had a plethora of support. Despite Districts scoring 5 tries in the second half Boxhill played the game out and we had our chances.
Next weeks match will be at Melbourne University Ground (Melways map 43 F1)
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