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Toowoomba Grammar School v Downlands College

Team Result TGS Opp Match Summary Man of the Match
First XV Win 31 26 The first half definitely showed what this team is capable of. The boys played with great control and patience and while the team scored four nice tries, it was the fact that the defence never gave the opposition a sniff that was the most pleasing part. Unfortunately, the team was unable to sustain this effort in the second half and a few old habits crept back into the boys’ game. Despite the close finish, TGS was always in control and ran out deserved winners. Full credit must go to the players, it has been a tough season and it was great to see their hard work finally getting rewarded. Well done boys, you have provided all TGS supporters with plenty of great memories throughout the season. Nathan Carroll
Second XV Win 45 12 This was a very good performance as the boys played as a team and never gave the opposition a chance to get going. The team’s first-up defence and on field communication was very good and was the basis to some very good team tries. The forwards overwhelmed the opposition and laid a strong go- forward platform for the backs who finished off very well. At times the boys relaxed the pressure a little but were always in control, holding onto the ball and completing two strong halves. Well done on a great season. James Bailey
Third XV Win 44 7 The boys were all fired up to ensure they remained undefeated and while Downlands were willing, the team’s fitness and teamwork were what got them over the line. TGS started well with James Sinnamon breaking the line early and going over. The boys were back down the Downlands end again shortly after to score again and this looked like it was going to be the pattern of the day’s play, however, to Downlands’ credit, they came back with some well-structured play and managed to retain the ball for 23 phases. It was only due to the boys’ tenacity at the tackle area that saved what looked to be a certain try. TGS half time score was 32-0 and with the game in control, some changes were made with the reserves keeping their foot on the pedal, they never really gave Downlands any chance to get back into the game. Overall a very pleasing result and a fitting end to a great season. James Sinnamon was outstanding at 13, breaking the line seemingly at will and setting up his wingers for tries, it was a pleasure to see his unselfish play to feed the outside backs rather than score himself. James Sinnamon

16A Win 55 0 The boys saved their best for last. The first time they have sustained their structures for the entire match paid off, scoring more than a point a minute. The pressure they built with their discipline opened holes aplenty out wide which they were then able to exploit. Man of the Match Alistair Cameron punished the Downlands defence with some damaging runs and offloads and a brace of tries. The wingers, Tom Sullivan and Nicholas Simpson also bagged a double each, with Ben Donohoe, Ted Vary, and Jasper Smith crossing the try line as well and Callum Lyons kicking five conversions. The school community can look forward to watching these boys in action next year. Congratulations on a good season men! Alistair Cameron
16B Win 47 5 The boys started the game strongly and played some entertaining rugby to put on five converted tries in the first half. Leading 35-0 at half time, the wheels were falling off the Downlands wagon and the team spoke at the break about maintaining discipline and structure, something that is always hard to do against a weaker opposition. Unfortunately, the boys’ actions didn’t match their words after the break and the team allowed themselves to be dragged into a scrappy, ill-disciplined second half, falling off structures, making numerous errors and giving away silly penalties. The team made it very tough for themselves in what was undoubtedly the worst half of football all season. Nonetheless, the boys scored another two tries with the final score being 47-5. Despite the last 25 minutes, the team has had a very successful and enjoyable season. A big thank you to all boys who have been involved in the team – you should all be proud of your efforts. Congratulations men! Finn Campbell

15A Win 22 12 Definitely the most complete performance of the year. The lads were composed under immense pressure in the first half, spending most of the first ten minutes defending their line. Downlands threw everything at the defensive line and came up empty. The boys, however, were scheming how to make their own assault. Until this point, the team had seen little of the ball. Some smart play from Hunter Austin, playing his first 15A game and Bailey Skeates, saw Macca Adamson and Kai Rahui run the boys out of their defensive half for the first time in the game. Eventually, the team worked themselves within kicking range and Finley Whittle knocked over a penalty. Close to rugby perfection followed where Downlands didn’t touch the ball for over three minutes, 20 plus phases later culminated in a penalty and Hamish Muller crashed over. The try was converted by Finley Whittle and the boys were 10-0 up into the wind. The second half saw Downlands attack, again but with some success this time. A charge down resulted in a try for the opposition. Showing faith in the game plan and each other, the TGS boys knuckled down, with the forwards laying a solid platform for the backs to show their stuff. Kai Rahui was magnificent with his electric feet, but it was the unrelenting forwards who did the job. Hamish Muller scored again with a clever inside ball off Austin that split Downlands close to the ruck. Downlands scored again to bring it back to 17-12 but the boys were not to be denied. Once again, multiple phases and some excellent lead-up work from Kai Rahui saw Will Purcell, who had been threatening, round up his opposite number and score in the corner to seal the result. Max Harrison and Bailey Skeates were outstanding, as was Kai Rahui, but the man of the match was Hamish Muller who scored two tries and generally stamped his authority on the game every chance he got. A great way to finish the season. Thank you, gents. It has been a pleasure. Hamish Muller
15B Win 67 0 The boys were looking forward to today’s match and it did not disappoint. It started with some huge defensive hits and that continued for the duration of the game. The forwards, particularly Jack Tranberg, Michael Evans, Jack Byrne, Cody Durdin and Mitchell Foster used their size, speed and strength to hit the line hard and shut down any Downlands attack. Fitness, speed and clever rugby saw Jack Byrne, Jack Tranberg and Michael Evans cross for tries. But it was the backs’ day again for tries and they showed their class. Patrick McKay (5), Charlie Coote, Luke Litzow and Nick Cave entertained all watching to claim five pointers. It was pretty to watch, cross field kicking to an open back for a spectacular try, speed, agility, and strength. The boys all worked hard, were determined to give the opposition nothing and have fun. It has brought much enjoyment coaching this team. The boys have all developed, entertained and represented TGS well. Looking forward to seeing you develop further next year. Mars Bar Monday this year cost me 153 Mars Bars, a record, but I can honestly say, there is nothing more enjoyable than giving out Mars Bars at Monday training. Stats for the season, 415 points for an average of 52 per game. 55 points against at an average of 6 points per game, 68 tries at an average of 8 per game. Thank you, Mums and Dads, for your support and it’s hoped you enjoyed watching your sons play Rugby this season. A year to remember! Patrick McKay
15C Win 65 0 On a day where the boys were looking to come out and finish the season strong against the cross town rivals, they certainly stood up and made their presence felt from the first kick-off. The boys stuck it to a large Downlands pack, in a dominating fashion, chalking up the first try with some solid structured play. Support play was the name of the game this week, with all boys passing and running through multiple Downlands’ defenders. Ben Neilson again shook the foundations of the back line with some ridiculously large hits and courageous carries. Tim or rather ‘Shaun’ Johnston was untouchable and was responsible for many try assists. The key player today was Christopher McKechnie, bagging three tries and dominating the ruck play. A massive win and an enjoyable game to end a fantastic season. Thank you to the boys for all their hard work and best of luck next year. Christopher McKechnie

14A Win 45 7 The boys started the game a little too sure of themselves with a number of players neglecting to do the hard yards instead choosing to park up and wait to score tries.  This was not to be with Downlands defending hard and competing aggressively at the breakdown.  The half time talk focused on the boys working together as a team and that all involved needed to work hard to ensure victory.  The second half was outstanding with the boys sticking to the game plan and producing some exciting rugby.  Unfortunately, a yellow card meant the team was down a defender and the Downlands team scored their only try.  It has been a tough season this year with a number of injuries affecting the playing roster.  Nevertheless, the boys soldiered on to each game with a positive attitude and gave it their best week in and week out.  Next year will be exciting to see how the boys continue to improve. William Johnston
14B Win 61 10 The 14Bs saved their best until the last match of the season. Their eleven try haul came on the back of some wonderful teamwork and this approach been the most pleasing aspect of the season. Mitchell Houldcroft and Max Schutt claimed a hat-trick each. Although TGS’s cross-town rivals took the game to the 14Bs in the first 15 minutes, the TGS boys dominated with superior structure and good support play. No player failed to give their best. A great way to cap off a tough season. Patrick Noble

13A Win 62 0 A valiant Downlands team were never realistically in the hunt today as TGS feasted on turnovers and the strong running of an energised backline.  Enthused by his first game on Old Boys’ Memorial Oval, Lachie ‘The Bus’ Williams saved his best for last and needs to remember how powerful he can be in season 2018.  Zac ‘The Enforcer’ Reddan tallied four tries for the day in a dominant performance and Sam ‘Shrek’ Schriek converted several of these.  Mani ‘Shaq’ Hapi terrified Downlands and indicated he is going to be a crowd favourite in years to come, especially with a full pre season under his belt. The coaches were pleased that some sentiment was able to be exercised where faithful squad members; Jack ‘Combat Wombat’ Madigan, Tom ‘Skylab’ Cocks and Joe ‘Coach’ Currie saw match time to cover injury and sickness in the last match of the season.  To see the pleasure on the boys’ faces singing their war cry was truly worth all of the trainings, meetings and video reviews this season.The boys know they are playing the long game and their Rugby exam will be in their senior year as First XV players.  Until then, the only two questions that matter on that journey are; 1.  Are you learning more about the game?  2. Are you having fun?  The coaching staff are confident the boys would answer with a resounding “Yes!” to both questions and it is for that reason, the TGS U13A season for 2017 can be declared an unequivocal success.  Mani ‘Shaq’ Hapi
13B Win 34 7 A great way for the boys to end the season. The team went out and asserted themselves in the first five minutes, making sure Downlands were not going to have any territory. The boys were dominant in their runs and unforgiving with their defence. A lapse of control had Downlands score in the second half but the boys were in true control for the majority of the match. Tries to Josh Healy (2), Mac Flegler, Harrison Tzannes, Joe Johnston and Heath Loughnan. Harry Grady
13C Win 60 0 Domination of the breakdown, strong runs through the forwards and excellent backline play saw the team up 39-0 at half time. The team’s goal for the second half was to keep Downlands tryless, with an intense fifteen minute period of Downlands peppering the TGS line it was very pleasing to see the team repel them and to run away with the victory. Congratulations to the try scorers Oscar Beveridge (2), Jude Brocherie (2), Gabriel Morse (2), Angus Ingold, Ben Dight and Charlie Perry. It was a great way for the lads to end the season. Oscar Beveridge

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Round 8 – St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace

Team Result TGS Opp Match Summary Man of the Match
First XV Loss 17 38 A loss to GT capped off a tough GPS season for the First XV. The boys really stuck it to them in the first half, playing some great attacking rugby and really stepping up the defence and forcing a few errors. Unfortunately, though, a try just prior to half time and then conceding again straight after the break really hurt the team and the boys just couldn’t recover from there. As per previous weeks, the boys were valiant in defeat and still provided moments of brilliance to give the team’s faithful supporters something to cheer about. Huge congratulations to Dougal Gray for making his First XV debut off the bench and also to Lachlan Martyn for picking up his first Players’ Player award. The future looks positive with these two young chargers coming through the ranks. Lachlan Martyn
Second XV Loss 0 12 The pre-game planning centred around communicating well during the game and executing the defence and structural attack patterns with authority. Whilst the effort and enthusiasm can never be doubted, the boys did not play well as a team against an opposition that did all the simple things well and defended all regular attack channels nullifying the team’s momentum. Too often the ball was turned over, poor decisions were made, the boys defended poorly in first up tackles or simply lacked the urgency and desperation that is required at this level. The preparation was good but again the boys produced more of a series of individual efforts as opposed to playing together and using the team’s collective strength and game smarts. This is frustrating as the team is a very good side when the boys work together, as seen in previous matches. This week the team will need to work hard and take their planning onto the field. Flynn Halfpenny
Third XV Win 14 12 Another tight win for the Third XV against a very good GT side. It does not happen very often but to go through the season undefeated is a great effort and one the boys will remember for the rest of their lives. The team started well, keeping the structure and sticking to the game plan. on the first time in GT territory, the boys came away with three points, ten minutes later another three points. Five minutes before half time one player was sent off for 10 minutes and three minutes later another went off so the team was down to thirteen players. GT then scored an unconverted try to make it 6-5 at half time. The thirteen players were very brave but eventually, numbers proved too strong and GT scored a converted try to make the match 6-12 in their favour. With full numbers back on the field, the team started to come back.  After a great passage of team work, Captain James Sinnamon went over in the corner. Unfortunately, the conversion was missed leaving the score 11-12 and five minutes left to play. With one minute left on the clock, a penalty was awarded 40 meters out, Lachlan ‘The Postman’ Smith once again delivered and like all good Disney movies, the good guys won 14-12. James Sinnamon and Lachlan Smith
Fourth XV Loss 7 10 Wow, what an intense game! Coming into the match there was an air of excitement and quiet determination to finish the season on a high. In a tight first half where both teams defended well, points were very difficult to come by. It was in the first half that the Fourths will rue some missed opportunities, however maintaining possession and slowly building pressure is a sure recipe for points. TGS went into half time with a slim two point lead. Once again key mistakes in the second half allowed GT opportunities to attack the team’s line, finally converting their efforts into points. The heart of the Fourths this year has rivalled that of Pharlap. Despite time ticking down, the team held their composure and won the ball back off the kickoff followed by a penalty. The team could have gone for the draw, but credit to the boys, that was not how they wanted to finish the season. Close tight rugby inched the boys closer to the GT line, slowly sucking in the defenders one by one. Then ‘retro’ was called and Edward McDonnell put the ball on the chest of Will Carty who executed the draw and then ten metre pass to Tom Phipps who scored in the corner. The crowd went up, the boys went up, the coach went up and the referee went ‘forward pass’. Devastating to come so close and then have the try disallowed. The boys must be congratulated on their ability to overcome adversity this season, with sickness and injury decimating teams throughout the Opens. Key mentions to Benjamin Geitz, Duncan Murrell, James Roberts, Nathan Luck and Rory Whitton who were the only remaining Fourths players from round one. Also a big thank you to all the parents and their support. Thanks to all for a great season. Angus Perry
Fifth XV Loss 26 46 It was a frustrating day for the Fifths today. With a number of boys backing up from the Sixths game, the team struggled to gel and made far too many simple errors in attack. With 20 minutes remaining, scores were locked at 19 all and the TGS Fifths looked as though they were going to grind out a victory. It wasn’t to be as Gregory Terrace capitalised on more errors (mostly due to fatigue) to run away with the match. Tries were scored by Simon Geldenhuys (2), Patrick Thomson and Djordjije Cikota. Will Waugh was outstanding at flanker to earn Man of the Match honours. It was a very enjoyable season and all players are commended on their efforts and attitude throughout. Will Waugh
Sixth XV Win 17 7 A great way to finish the season with a hard fought victory against a very strong GT side. The boys from TGS left their last game to show what they were really made of, with powerful ball running from Joe Noble and Tim Zuyderwyk all game, setting a great platform for the Sixths to claim a win away from home. Tries to Joe Noble, Timothy Zuyderwyk, and Patrick Thomson. Timothy Zuyderwyk

16A Win 19 17 A great start, followed by a loss of direction, a great finish and then an after-the-siren conversion from out wide saw the boys clinch their last GPS match for 2017. There was very little to be said after an outstanding first half. Smart, physical and patient, the boys crossed for two tries and were unlucky not to be awarded a third and possibly a penalty try as well. Tim Faingaanuku crossed after a much-rehearsed blind-side play paid off and Ted Vary was rewarded for his clever and dominant pick-and-drive work all game. Some lapses in concentration and discipline saw GT draw level with the boys and then slot a penalty with three minutes to go to be five points ahead. The boys then reverted to their structures, strung together ten phases to draw a penalty and then used four more for George Perry to crash over out wide. Callum Lyons was not fazed, though and struck the ball as smooth as a gravy sandwich from the five metre line to secure a two point victory, much to the delight of the TGS boys. All of the boys played well but Ben Donohoe won the player vote for this week. Ben Donohoe
16B Win 47 0 In a tough, very physical encounter the boys had to overcome an aggressive GT side in extreme heat to eventually run away with the game 47 – 0, a scoreline that doesn’t accurately reflect the fight that GT put up. The first half was a tight arm wrestle with inadequate ball security at the back of the TGS ruck and passive line defence allowing GT to counter-ruck and create multiple turn-overs which saw them with the majority of possession. Solo effort tries to Josh Mettam and Harry Hanly saw the team ahead 12-0 at the break, which was flattering. In reality, GT dominated in the first stanza and was unlucky not to be in front. After a half time “tune up” the boys came out and played their best half of football for the season, combining everything they have worked on together as a team. With ball security and defensive line aggression fixed, the team unleashed a relentless wave of continuity and go forward and piled on five excellent multi-phase tries to Mitchell Schneider, Finn Campbell, James Nixon, Tom Jakins and Louis Johnston. GT rarely touched the ball in the second half and had it taken off them quickly when they did. The TGS boys showed great maturity and patience as they demolished GT in a display that still has the coach smiling. Best performances were from Will Barry (who had an enormous game up front), the centre pairing of Finn Campbell and Ben Horsely and the backrow of Charlie Turner, Josh Mettam and James Nixon. Ben Horsley again showed strong leadership of the team and kicked six from seven goals in another fine kicking display. Well done to all boys who have been part of this team through the season, the boys should be very proud of what they have achieved and how they have grown together as a group and as individual players. One more to go against Downlands College this week boys – let’s finish this well. Will Barry
16C Win 46 10 A great way to finish the GPS season with a great win over historic rivals, Gregory Terrace. The season has been one of hard work, determination, a belief and trust in team mates and that the game can be fun. As a team, the boys were able to appreciate the role of each individual and that their abilities were adding tremendous value to the overall success of the team. It was pleasing to see as much adulation for the one who was the tackler, draw and passer, pilfer, dominant carrier, clean out expert as there was the try scorer. These are the  signs of a good team who enjoy the game. The most excited player for the day was Jack Montgomery who played his first game of the year. He was able to show his talents with three long range tries that had the crowd buzzing. Hopefully this will be a long lasting memory of TGS that he can take back to South Africa. Well down to the lads of the 16C XV who have had an excellent season. Be proud of your efforts and look forward to next season. Jack Montgomery
16D Win 31 10 A great way to finish the GPS season with a great win over GT. Early tries to Ethan Lunn and Tom Dolzan got the team on the front foot. GT hit back straight away before a try at half time gave the team a lead of 17-5. Tries to Charlie Wagner and Lachlan Vary in the second half blew the score out to 31-10. A fantastic effort by the boys to finish the season. Special mention to Riley Harm, Hugo Kelly and Alexander Gotze for helping the team out this week. Man of the Match was Ethan Lunn who played multiple positions and tackled his heart out all game, like he has all season. I want to thank the boys, Director and MiC of Rugby, Parents and all the volunteers who made a 2017 a wonderful season. Ethan Lunn

15A Win 19 12 The first half went to plan with the forwards getting across the gain line and the backs tearing holes in the Gregory Terrace defence. Baxter Franey, playing with confidence after a week off, made an excellent break and capped it off with a try that Finley Whittle converted. Minutes later, another break saw the boys deep into Gregory Terrace territory and after some excellent support play from numerous players, the ever reliable Wilson Cochrane scored the try. This put the team 12-0 up at half time. The message to give more ball to the centres, where Bailey Skeates and Kai Rahui were having a great time, was clear. Early in the second half, Jack Waugh scored a well-deserved try after a tight exchange of passing and good support play. Converted by Finley Whittle, things were looking good at 19-0. Cracks started to appear as multiple phases went to the forwards who were lining up for the run rather than looking after the ball at the breakdown. A number of turnovers resulted and Gregory Terrace was back in the game because the boys failed to look after the ball. The coaches had confidence that the lads would hang on but Gregory Terrace was denied tries by the referee late in the game and as it turned out, the boys were lucky to win. Zac Matherson, up from the 15Bs for his first start in the 15As was strong. The forwards tried hard, but their efforts were misguided in the second half. The backs were frustrated by the lack of front foot ball but after the season that the boys have had, all involved were pleased to come away with a third successive win. Best players were Kai Rahui and Bailey Skeates with a special mention to Jack Waugh who played well but was never comfortable. Bailey Skeates
15B Win 34 10 There was a lot of expectation going into this game as both teams were undefeated and playing for the pride of being top of the 16B division. The boys started well with the bulk of the possession but an intercept pass saw GT take the opportunity to go up 5-0. The boys are not used to being behind on the scoreboard and this GT try made them focus and get on with their game. The forwards muscled up and the backs spread the ball. Angus Davey, Nick Cave, Ryan Hogan and Charlie Coote started to carve the GT outside backs up. Really hard running, great angles and foot speed allowed Ryan Hogan to get three tries and Angus Davey to get one. Luke Litzow on the back up went over for a great try. A real standout was the hard hitting from the forwards. Jack Tranberg, in particular, rattled the teeth of the GT attack and Michael Evans just kept going forward. Mitchell Foster used his strength to muscle over for a well-deserved try. Hunter Austin controlled the break down and Nick Cave won the field possession battle with great tactical kicking. The boys today were determined to go through this season undefeated and no one was going to get in their way. Their fitness allowed them to again finish well and even with the heat, defend strongly and put a good number on the scoreboard. It is the hard work and teamwork of this group of boys that brings their success. It has been great fun coaching these boys and now the team can look forward to the game against Downlands this coming Saturday. GPS 15Bs division leaders, well-done boys. The boys finished with 349 points for (avg 44 per game), and only 55 against (avg six per game) and 57 tries at an average of seven per game. Very impressive numbers boys, well done. Ryan Hogan
15C Win 60 0 Anticipation was high for this game as the boys were keen to secure another win on an already fantastic rugby season. They were determined to not let GT under their skin and went out on the field with a fiery desire to finish the GPS season well. That is exactly what they did. Harry Mintram’s support and hammer play were unmatched during the game and he worked hard to be the first to every breakdown, a great season ending performance. The backs again showed that they can hit just as hard as the forwards, with Ben Neilson leading the way, GT were rattled and the boys in blue and gold stampeded over them. There were multiple try scorers on the day, too many to list. Josh Ronnefeldt was dominant in his role at fullback, running more metres than anybody else. A great win that really showed what the boys can do when they work hard and play harder. Congratulations on a fantastic season. Harry Mintram
15D Win 85 14 The boys played a game of ten-on-ten rugby due to reduced numbers on Gregory Terrace’s side. It was a chance to bring together the skills they’ve learnt, and work as a team to show the opposition what they could do. The coaches commend the 15Ds for their commitment and positive attitude throughout the season. Tom Wallis

14A Loss 26 28 This game exhibited the style of rugby that the team needed to be playing all season. The boys demonstrated solid defence, determination and they never gave up. The team knew this would be a tough game not just because of the hot and dry conditions but the hard running and skilled GT centres. The boys used the defensive shape well throughout the game to neutralise those threats and supported the ball carriers well to retain possession. There was an opportunity to take the lead with a penalty in front but the decision was made to kick for touch with no points coming from the resulting attacking lineout. The boys should be very proud of their efforts, as it showed that they are capable of performing against strong opposition. Samuel Anderson
14B Loss 0 25 For the second week in a row, the side put together a good team performance with ball retention something the group ought to be proud of. Despite not crossing the line for a five-pointer, the 14Bs strung together some well-thought out phase play. The shapes that the boys were playing with ball-in-hand reflected what had been practiced in training, while the passing skills on show were accurate and with purpose. Although getting themselves into some field position good enough to score, turning that into points was difficult. GT’s strong defense and adept counter-rucking troubled the boys. In any case, it’s onwards to Downlands and an opportunity to finish the way the team started – with a win. Hugh McDonnell
14C Loss 0 52 The TGS team was back to full strength this week, however, despite this, the 14Cs simply did not turn up to play. Ball retention and defence was ordinary. Attack in early phases was reasonable however, once the GT pack got the ball the TGS team would not tackle, so scoring for the opposition was easy. Defense and ball retention will have to improve for the team to do better next year. For the year the team ended up with two wins with a very close loss to BBC 27-32 which was a game that should have been won. Thank you to all the U14 players that played for the U14Cs in the 2017 season.  Angus Callachor
14D Loss 0 49 A disappointing end to the season. With a strong side, the only excuse is the boys did not turn up to play. Tackling was very ordinary, looking up in defense was non-existent allowing GT to execute the same wing to wing tactic all game scoring all of their tries. The second half is always where the boys finally wake up but it is not competitive to give opponents a 0-17 head start. Defense and quick thinking must improve if the boys are to become competitive next year. Archie Steele, playing his first ever game of rugby, showed some excellent natural skills and he will only continue to develop. Brodie Brimblecombe was one who chose not to give up at any stage and was one of the few who did not back down from the bigger GT team. Thank you to all the 14D boys who played this season, all boys were encouraged to go and play club rugby in an effort to learn more about the game through playing for a large majority of the year. Brodie Brimblecombe

13A  Loss  22  24  For 49 minutes and 50 seconds, the 13As ground away at their nemesis team and looked likely to celebrate a wonderful victory.  That was, until the GT inside centre decided he’d cap off a fine individual match with a 90 metre runaway try under the posts to break our hearts.  For a team which had suffered a 34-0 defeat in 2016, the result here hopefully demonstrated that the ability to commit to a simple game plan can actually pay dividends.  Mani ‘Shaq’ Hapi was a colossus and his repeated charges terrified his opponents.  Zac’ The Enforcer’ Reddan earned his black eye where outside backs fear to tread and Cam ‘the Jackal’ Parkin, on debut, showed he was more than capable at 13A level. In the backs, skipper Dougal ‘Silence Is’ Golden schemed behind a powerful pack and Dylan ‘Dazzle’ Locke once again played several kilograms above his weight as did Sam ‘Shrek’ Schriek. A review of the match video reminded the boys that with the status of A level footy comes accountability and tackles must be made when there is a number on your back and a video camera at the ground.  A special mention goes to Oliver ‘Surf and Turf’ Chaffey whose match explored the full spectrum  of rugby skills and saw him equally adept in furious forward skirmishes as he was in demonstrating  delightfully deft handling to indicate he is player with an impressive future.  Oliver ‘Surf and Turf’ Chaffey
13B Loss 0 28 The boys were up against a strong team at GT this week. The boys again rose to the challenge and played one of their best games.  Although the score line did not reflect this, the team matched the GT boys in all aspects. The defensive capabilities were finally put on show with great movement off the line shutting down most GT offensive efforts. The TGS defensive line was peppered by GT attacks and continually shut them down. Heath Loughnan had a great game marking up against a huge and fast winger, who when he had the ball was a real threat, but was shut down with great tackles. The team looks forward to facing Downlands next week for the final show. Heath Loughnan
13C Loss 17 34 Another good performance by the team, showing great improvement throughout the season. GT was a strong side and aside from momentary lapses in concentration the boys matched them for the whole game. It was great to see the amazing goal line defense by the lads even when the game had been lost. Well done to Ben Dight scoring a typical winger’s try in the corner and to Harry Fortune on scoring two tries through the middle of the forwards. It was the defensive effort that kept the team in the game and a special mention goes to Jermaine Harrison who tackled anything that moved. The team is looking forward to the game against Downlands this weekend. Jermaine Harrison
13D Win 24 22 What a great way to finish the season! An outstanding team effort which brought together everything the team had practiced this season; line speed, tough defence and most importantly, strong and committed breakdown play. All of these aspects were impressive, however, the thing that stood out the most was the never say die attitude. Coming back from 22-14 with eight minutes to go was a great display of a willingness to win. The boys will remember this win for a long time and when in similar situations in years to come, they will be able to draw on this experience. The list of players who excelled is very long but Lawson Herbert, Hans Lubbe, Hassan Yusaf, Tom Green, Giles Birchley (with his bone crunching defence) and Keegan Sutcliffe all stood out. The coaches have thoroughly enjoyed coaching the “Deadly D’s” this season and they are sure that you will continue to enjoy your rugby next year and beyond. Hans Lubbe and Lawson Herbert

12A Draw/Tie 7 7 It was a mostly solid effort by the 12A team and to finish with a draw was not entirely displeasing. Although the boys were certainly capable of more points, some errors around the ruck and a few mistakes in their attack kept the victory out of reach. GT had plenty of chances to steal victory in the final ten minutes with repeated assaults in the TGS 22-metres sustained by multiple penalties that went against the boys. TGS showed great courage to hold them out. Despite some big losses this season, the 12As can be proud of the progress they made. They have been a pleasure to coach and should look forward to next season with confidence. Nick Saal
12B Loss 0 69 The young men of the 12Bs came up against a tough Gregory Terrace team but were strong with the ball in hand; refusing to give it up easily. Good quality ball carry saw the boys within inches of the try line on a number of occasions but in the end, poor tackling let the team down as the hosts were able to break through the line of defence. Harry Tate

11A Loss 7 48 A disappointing finish for the 11A team this week. The boys were looking to finish their season with a strong performance. Thank you to Chris Brameld and Brad Grimes for all their hard work in coaching the boys throughout their Junior School years. Chace Oates
11B Loss 35 40 The 11B team finished their season well. They were down by 20 points at halftime but came back in the second half. Thank you to Chris, Brad and Jamie for all their work with the boys. Harry Pratt

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