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: 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.
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.
Lots of authors over the years!