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: Windy & Showery
Score: LOST 17 - 0
Referee: Gerry Collins
Captain: Rod Bird
Man of the Match: Rod Jones
A windy day and we had 16 players turn up, unfortunately only 5 were backs. But the fill in Wingers Peter Fuller & Glen Hill did a great job.
The game got off to a good start with Boxhill putting on the pressure from the kickoff. The first 20 minutes were played in the Quins half but we were unable to convert the effort into tries. Birdy filling in a halfback sent our backs running and only determined tackling from Quins stopped us from reaching the line. The forwards played their usual tight game and many great tackles saved tries being scored.
Backs, Ric Makin and Jiff Reilly obtained leave passes from home and were welcomed as prodigal sons. Barry Heydon returned to the fold and to deny rumours of his passing away. New player David SELBY-SMITH an ex winger who is now a forward played well.
The half time score being nil all we thought today is the day. The second half proceeded along the lines of the first until the last 10 minutes when fatigue obviously overtook the entire team and we let in 3 tries in 10 minutes.
With several players out with severe injuries such as broken fingernails etc we need as many players as we can muster to be at Maroondah next week.
At 2.00 pm against Southern Districts. Melways 37 B7.
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.
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