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: 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.
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.
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