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)
Click here tVenue; Maroondah
Versus; Sth. Districts
Weather; Fine warm
Score; loss 22-12
Capt; Pete Collins
Man of Match; Pete Collins
A full team plus a reserve as we left the rooms and eight extras turning up at various stages around KO time. We started on a bright note and just 4 mins into time we pilfered the ball and with a kick downfield saw the centre combination of Goodman and Turner set off in pursuit, Sths fullback looked to have it covered in the in-goal area but Jack and Dickie both dived under him with Jack claiming the try, conversion missed. Dickie said after the game he could have scored it but at the last moment remembered that it was worth a slab and pulled out.
The forward momentum for the early part was the best all season with commitment to the ruck and defence a standout, but with a laspe near half time we turned at 10-5 down.
The second half started with Southern fired up and letting loose their steppers and as our defence fell away in various positions they went in for another try, this only led to Capt. Pete starting a few fires himself trying to get his troops to follow and they did with a good passage of play again leading to Jack scoring close to the post and Eddie converting 15-12 .
Southern came back hard and were held out by dynamic covering tackles by Pete closely followed Dickie, 'Dinga' Grey, Chillian Chris,Steve Merchant, but alas they sneaked through for a try and conversion in the last hectic and fiesty minutes.
22-12 but who knows if a few passes were held.. one last game at home v Moorabbin KO 2pm-- supporters welcome.
Captain Colin Read
Man of match IRA Tony
Result S.D 53 BH 10
Cold, bloody cold north wind, chill factor 4 degs. Hence at KO time, minus 5mins, 7 players ready to go, at KO the magnificent 9 (including Burdett again out of retirement) took the field to face the might of S.Dist’s 35. 3 Mins into the game Phil turns up ready to play ,exit Burdett retired again, then players front at regular 2 min intervals until we have 4 reserves plus a blow-in from Uni.
The game was all of 5 mins old when S.D’s score the first of their 9 tries, again, as has happened all year, the tackling was not a standout of our game, even though we looked good with ball in hand, we turned over possession too frequently resulting in run-through tries by S.DS.
From the first KO we took ball down and set up a maul with all forwards doing their job by keeping it tight and moving forward, we did the same about 5 times during the game with positive results, so the game plan for the rest of the year should be a 15 man maul for 80 mins then we may only lose by the odd 5 points. Our first try came through the will-of-the-wisp Pete the Navi taking a quick tap after a Jim the ref penalty and cutting through 6 defenders, Clive failed to convert- the rest of the half was chasing our loose ball and them scoring from our mistakes. Good to see Doug back and handing out the Port at half-time, after tending to all sprains we took the field 21-5 down and a few gee-ups from the injured spectator, Walshie,who at least turned up to support and recruiting our touch player Michael to play, we surged onto the pitch ready to redeem ourselves. By now we are at full strength with 4 on the side—but—same game plan and kicking when in attack from our Uni player, saw us creating gaps in our defence and them running in more soft tries, at this point I think Jim the ref had had enough and sympathetically awarded us 5 penalties in a row marching them back 30 metres and us running in a try through our Uni player,although we were afraid he may, with the tryline open and 5 metres out, kick ahead.By this time we had all reserves on,some carrying injuries, and all looking towards the sheds. Mercifully Jim call time and it was over. On a happy note Kev Sandells and Pete (Silverback) Fuller survived their comebacks and should be ready for next week.
Next week it is at S.Districts V Moorabbin, who had a good win v Maroondah KO 2 pm. As quite a few will be non-playing injured we need as many as can attend, car-pooling from Club noon could be arranged.
Points 3 Tony Tennant (tireless in the tight and a couple of barging runs,unlucky not to have scored)
2 Pete Collins (threatening as always, tackling all day and a good niggling half’s game)
1 Phil Hand (good tight ,supporting game and good spoiling in the lineout)
Not to mention Stuie… there you are I didn’t.
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