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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