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
Score: Lost 17 - 5
Referee: Gerry Collins
Captain: Phil Hand
Man of the Match: “Fast Eddy” Jackson
A home game, plenty of reserves and a fast backline, a large forward pack. What could go wrong?
We started off with good ball from the pack and our backs running straight gouging holes in the opposition backline but we were unable to score. The University defence kept us out for the first 15 minutes until, at last, the pressure by the Boxhill pack supporting each other let Glenn Hill over the line for a fine try. 5-0 to us.(unknown territory)
University soon came back and in reply scored out wide. 5-5.
With the Boxhill backs running free towards the try line and desperate defence by University it had the crowd on the hill to their feet in excitement. Unfortunately new arrival Dick Turner a dashing centre went down injured with a broken nose. Jamie Meyer was heard to mutter “What an improvement”! With a reorganised backline Boxhill managed to press the University defence but to no avail and at half time it was 5-5.
After the break the game seesawed up and down the field with many dazzling displays of vintage rugby. A try saving tackle by William”Fast Eddy” Jackson earned him Man of the Match honours. Good defensive kicking by Clive Welti at fullback and hard running by Francois Darcas provided moments of glory. University managed to score again out wide. 10-5.
The return of All black trialist Steve Perkins and the return from injury of Andy Ellis allowed a rotation of the backs. Again late in the game University scored and converted. 17-5.
A very fast game which did not suit our mobile pack.
Next week we play Harlequins at Melbourne University Ground Melways map 43 F1.
Lots of authors over the years!