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
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