This will be updated as the season commences
August 12th saw Beaches gain hold upon the cup that they had held at the end of 2017.After defeating Wanderers Beaches went on to scalp the Undefeated Hawkes at their home ground .First half was hard fought but the boys came with a different attitude in the 2nd half and Hamilton could not score any points to tick the scoreboard over .To retain the cup the boys had to hold out against the fast improving Greens who were in chase for a finals birth.Final game was up against Singleton by bus with the boys needing one more win to hold the cup for the second Year in a row.
Holding the Prestigious cup at the end of the season is both a great honour and a financial benefit for the Club as a whole .
Last week saw three of Southern Beaches Juniors celebrate milestone in their Rugby Careers.
Congratulations to Michael De Lore on reaching 100 First Grade Games
Andrew De Lore on playing 150 Grade Games of which were predominately Premier One
Peter Madden on playing 150 Grade Games and scoring a great intercept try in P1
Hamilton at home, always a tough task especially when a few changes had to be made on the day due to injury and illness, a big effort to those guys who stepped up and took the place of those missing. A special congrats to Connor for I think his first full game in first grade (if I’m wrong you still made it in the report Connor). A beautiful day on an ANZAC weekend for some great rugby, I’d also like to mention Mitch’s ANZAC day commemoration, well done. Someone mentioned to me later in the day that they didn’t know how well he could play the bugle, we all thought Stan was the only musical Ostle.
A hard day at the office for the club but good to see commitment and willingness throughout the grades. First grade were beaten 46-20 by a well drilled and big Hamilton unit. However, 2 yellow cards cost us dearly, 4 tries during those times to Hamilton and missing out on a number of 50/50 decisions didn’t help the score line. An effort the boys should be proud of and plenty of good old fashioned guts by all. We showed Hamilton what we could do when we secured good ball. It’s good to see the backs running and having a go, now that they know what a rugby ball looks like and what you are supposed to do with it. Tries by Mick Delore (2) and Andy “on one leg” Delore (1). Bones did the rest with a penalty and conversion. The tries were all good team efforts and one of Mick’s tries had a touch of magic with an over the shoulder ball, try of the day.
A good day at home: at the canteen, bbq and bar and a big thanks to all who helped out during the day in all facets to make the day a success for the club.
Va led the team onto the field and there were murmers from the uni cheerleaders squad that they were supporting the wrong team. Mobby led the students out and they looked ready for business. Beaches looked a bit nervous early on and seemed to lack a bit of confidence and cohesion and this enabled Uni to get to a 15 to 0 lead.Things were looking a little grim until Nudge plucked a loose Uni pass and he was able to just outpace the Uni front row to the line, Bones converts (15-7). That was the lift Beaches needed and the next try was a simply constructed and executed gem from the set piece with the spritely Andy almost under the postsbut hands off for brother Mick to score another (John Delore re-enacted the movement on the uni balcony and gleefully explained the plan about what happened to everyone), Bones again converts and Beaches back in the game at 15-14 at half time. Not sure what Johan said at the break but it was like someone flicked on a power switch, Beaches came out full of vigour and confidence. Next thing you know Va charges over under the posts (after an 80 metre run and beating 15 uni defenders, well close to that anyway). Next up Mossy is in for a try and quickly followed by Nudge again for a great team try after a deft little flick pass from Nathan that the leaguies would be talking about for weeks. All of a sudden, Beaches 38-15. Uni had been blown away, even though they must have scored again but the supporters on the balcony were too busy celebrating by then. A great win to the boys and coaching staff, still plenty to work on but a job well done and good to see so many happy, smiling faces again in the dressing room and on supporters faces.
Major semi final vs Wanderers at No 2 Saturday 06/07/2014
Both Premier 1 and Premier 2 won their games last week so they get the chance today to play against Wanderers in the Major Semi Final.
The winner goes straight into the Grand Final to be played at No 2 on Saturday 20th September.
There was a strong breeze behind the back of the team running right to left from the grandstand side. Once again the ground was in great condition.
After today’s games the most important decision the club has to face this year is where we are going to drink our premiership winning drinks after the Grand Final on the 20th.
Because both Premier 1 and Premier 2, for the first time in the club’s short history are in the Grand Final.
We won this tough semi final game of footy 25-18.
We ran into the breeze in the first half and controlled the ball superbly. Full marks to our scrum which got the shove on Wanderers a couple of times. This week we aimed up in defence – coming up off our line and shutting down their attack.
I don’t think Wanderers expected our physicality at the breakdown.
In the second half we used the breeze at our backs and for a large part of the half we played the game in their part of the field.
No players points and no singling out of players . Anyone at the ground would have appreciated how well we played and how much we deserve to be in the Grand Final.
Irrespective of who we play, we are in with a real chance of winning the comp.
We won this game 24-21 after leading 24-0 at half time having run with the wind.
This is the first time Wanderers had to play catch up football and they didn’t enjoy the experience.
This was the most comprehensive victory we’ve had this year. Although we beat Hamilton comfortably last weekend this was a tough, take no prisoners game of footy and we showed our character. We are too fast for the opposition, we have Mark Butler playing superbly and we have a forward pack led by Stoney, Lanzo and Gav. I think these 3 are the real unsung heroes of our success and let’s hope they continue their great form to bring home the trophy in 2 weeks time.
Semi Final Weekend 30th and 31st August 2014-08-31 at Number 2
The games were played No 2. P2 played Merewether and P1 played Hamilton on the Saturday. In the do or die semi on the Sunday, we played Maitland.
On both days the ground was in fabulous condition despite all of the rain we’ve had over the past 2 weeks.
On Saturday there was some light drizzle but a very strong southerly wind favouring the side running right to left looking from the grandstand.
On Sunday the cloud had gone and the wind dropped. A bit more like the weather we’ve come to expect at this time of year.
We ran with the wind in the first half and got away to a 10-5 lead at half time. Although leading and remember this was against a side that beat us in the second round, there was a feeling that we were just coasting. At times we seemed slow across the park and we were definitely too sl;ow in moving up in defence. This allowed the opposition the time and space to cross out advantage line so that it felt as if we were on the back foot. Maybe we were a bit too spread in defence, rather than being tight and pushing the attack across field.
Coming into the second half there were serious concerns that we could contain Merewether who now had the strong wind at their backs.
But full credit to the boys. We kept the ball in tight with continuous mauls and pick and drives. WE backed ourselves to hang onto possession and succeeded in having multiple phase plays. The reward for this was an outstanding try through the backs after we had sucked their defence in.
We won 25-10
Next week Wanderers to hopefully get a place straight into the Grand Final.
In the end we won well but the general feeling is that we can lift our intensity several notches. And the bottom line is that we’ll have to if we want to get into the Grand Final
How do we find the words to describe how clinical we were in demolishing Hamilton At no time did we look under threat and a scoreline of 50-25 is actually closer than what the real dominance suggested.
From 1 to 15 we excelled .
The forwards were dominant in the set pieces and our backs were just too fast and skilfull for them.
I’m not going to mention names as outstanding players because it would do an injustice to those not named. Suffice to say that barring injury this is the side that will take us to the Grand Final.
On this display, the premiership is there for the taking.
Train hard, keep our heads and maintain our intensity and this squad will make Beaches history by being the first Premier 1 title holders.
Unfortunately a different story for us on the Sunday.
For some reason we didn’t have everyone turning up to the game.
Early on we looked as if we were in control but some missed tackles saw their big 12 and 13 making breaks.
All in all a disappointing result going down 25-15.
But credit to Lucas and his support staff for all of the hard work they put in all year and credit to the players for their whole hearted performances throughout the season.
Vs Maitland at Maitland 23/08/14
The ground was in great condition but would have been slippery for the players wearing the moulded studs. The rain came over towards the end of P3. Colts has a bye today
We lost this game in a lack lustre affair 31-7.
Maitland had to win this game to make the semis and came prepared. We were lazy at times and will have to lift considerably to beat them next week in the semi.
Players points went 3 to Andrew Bodey, 2 to Teulie and 1 to Tim Poese.
We led 31-7 at half time and then let Maitland get back into it in the second half by scoring twice early. This has been a sign in a couple of games this year when we get in front and then take the foot off the pedal. We can’t afford to let this happen in the semis.
We ended up winning 41-26.
Players points went 3 to V 2 to Kane and 1 to Lachie.
We won this game 29-15. Maitland were really up to it today and it probably only our superior fitness that helped us get across the line. I haven’t got players 3,2,1.
So at the end of the regular season we move into the semis.
Next weekend in P3 we play Maitland in the knockout round.
In P2 we play Merewether and in P1 we play Hamilton.
vs Uni at home 16/08/14
A cool morning that got colder as the day went on. The ground was very slippery after the rain over the last week—especially now that everyone wears the moulded studs. Bring back the aluminium screw ins!!
As everyone knows this was a game we wanted to win to get us into the major semi.
We had a good training session on the Thursday with good numbers but it wasn’t our day.
This was a good game to watch although there’s a belief that we shot ourselves in the foot at times.
We were up 10-8 at half time but lost 15-10.
Players points went 3 to Kane, 2 to Ryan Ellis and 1 to Mark P
I didn’t catch up with Sean to get the coaching comments or the players points. Suffice to say we lost 24-12
This was a game that we should have won comfortably and we did.
However, we lacked a bit of structure given that were some team changes.
The score was 43-7
Players points went 3 to Tevita, 2 to Rob Arthur and 1 to Logan.
As a PS great to see Rai Hemopo back on the park today. It won’t be long before Marshall is right. This is going to give the selectors headaches of the good kind
A convincing win for Beaches today. This was especially pleasing given that Uni were coming into the game on the back of a 90 point win last weekend.
We were up 24-0 at half time and ran away 43-0. We seemed to have too much pace for Uni and the boys are really hitting their straps.
Players points went 3 to Mick , 2 to Mark Butler and 1 to Va
A dry and dusty pitch on a bright and sunny day. The only downside was the cold and strong wind blowing from the south favouring the side running from right to left.
Lake Macquarie were short of numbers across the grades today. We possibly went out thinking that we only had to go through the motions to win. We were up 12-0 at half time and ran away with it 22-7.
Players points went 3 to Coby Bowman, 2 to Sam Logan and 1 to Blake Cook
After leading 35-0 at half time, we won 81-5.
Although a depleted opposition that shouldn’t take away from the fact that our boys played well. We didn’t get selfish and we kept our control all game.
In a side that scored plenty of tries, Kal Forbes scored 5 and Scott Naylor 2.
Players points went 3 to Kal Forbes, 2 to Zak Bryant and 1 to Sam Winstone.
With 20 minutes to go, and after leading 80-0 at half time the game was stopped with us winning 125-0. Although I understand the “mercy rule” I hope this doesn’t have a negative impact on our for and against at the end of the season.
There were two very pleasing aspects to today’s victory.
Firstly the team played well. They were a well structured and disciplined side.
The second thing is the culture on display that has become a hallmark of this P2 outfit. There was no arrogance . Sometimes the measure of a side is not how they handle defeat but how they handle success. This side has character and it will serve them well at the business end of the season.
In outstanding performances by everyone on the park, 3 points went to Baz, 2 to Rob Arthur and 1 to Tevita.
This was another solid performance by our P1 side. Again Lake Macquarie had several injuries and unavailabilities in their original starting side but this shouldn’t take anything away from a comprehensive win.
We streaked away to a 102-14 victory.
Amongst some great efforts players 3 points went to Mungi, 2 to Mika and 1 to Andy.
Vs Nelson Bay at the Bay 12/07/14
A sunny day but with a cold blustery wind favouring the team running right to left looking from the change room side. The ground was in good condition.
We were short of numbers across all of the grades today. There were injuries and players unavailable in Premier 1 and Premier 2 which put a drain on our player stocks. In Premier 3 we probably thought we were always going to win and were lucky to get away with a 10-8 victory.
Players points went 3 to Ed Todd-Jones, 2 to Guy Forstick and 1 to Sudsy.
We lost this game 22-12 in what was actually a fairly even game. The boys played well, and felt that they were unlucky to lose. There was no lack of effort and the players were disappointed. We all thought they should have won.
Players points went 3 to Chris Wadsworth 2 to Connor Gralton and 1 to Tim Poese.
This was a side really hit by injuries to the extent that we had 10 players out of the side which beat Wanderers last weekend. The game ended up a 20 all draw but a pleasing thing was that our 20 points came from 4 tries. Five players from Premier 3 had to back up and run on and at one stage we had 3 to 4 colts on the field as well. So all in all maybe not a bad effort.
Players points went 3 to Ben McCloy 2 to Mark Peteru and 1 point to Tim Poese. Note Tim got a point in Colts and a point in P2.
We won this game 43-19. This was especially pleasing because the Bay were on a roll and when they’re on a roll they’re always hard to beat at home. We had Lanzo, Mick and Andy out today but thankfully we had good replacements in PeeWee, Tyler and Gilko.
Players points went 3 to Mark Butler 2 to Va and 1 to Tyler.
Vs Merewether at home 21/06/14
A lovely winters day. Virtually no breeze . The ground continues to hold up and is in really good condition. This is the beginning of round 2 so believe it or not the season is now starting to turn the corner.
This was a last minute cobbled together side with injuries and unavailability making our job that little bit harder. But most importantly we beat Merewether for the first time in Premier 3.
The score was 17-14 after a great team effort both in attack and bruising defence. We have to try to get all the boys to training not just on a Thursday but Tuesday as well.
Players points went 3 to Guy Frostick, 2 to Sean Levy and 1 to Sam Logan who incidentally helped us out again big time with his match winning goal kicking
It’s a measure of how far the club has progressed that we were disappointed in a colts loss today when we were expecting a win after they had beaten us by 40 points in the first round.
We had some injuries in key positions at crucial times in the game that let them in for 2 soft tries. It meant that too many players were forced to play out of position to cover the injuries. A negative is that at times we didn’t make the most of our chances.
We lost 24-13 but if we meet Merewether again in the semis we’ll win and win convincingly.
Players points went 3 to Brodey Good child, 2 to Zac Bryant and 1 to Lachlan Winstone.
No doubt we had big expectations from this side and by the end of the first half we were not asking if we were going to win but by how much.
We were up 22-10 at half time but this didn’t indicate how dominant we were.
We ended up losing 26-25 after scoring 3 tries to 2. But ill -discipline as represented by them be able to kick over 4 penalties to 2 cost us the game. At times we seemed to lack fitness. Or as one player remarked maybe we were mentally lazy.
For this side a top 5 spot isn’t enough. We basically expect nothing less than top 3
On his 30th birthday a well deserved 3 points to Baz, 2 to Rob Arthur and 1 to Logan.
What a great sight to see club stalwart, Ben McCloy leading the side onto the field in his 100th game for the club. Well done Ben.
This was an important win for the club not just from a table point of view but the psychological boost it gives us. We have started the 4 game tough stretch and although we were confident there may still have been a few demons in the back of the mind wondering how we would go after having just finished our stretch against the “not as strong” sides.
Well the boys came through with flying colours.
We led 14-5 at half time and ran out winners 26-18.
As Tim said it’s still a worry that there are as many penalties/short arms in the games and they continue to go against us. If we can soon get on the good side of the penalty ledger we’ll start to wipe side s because at times it’s only penalties and short arms that are keeping them in the game. But we’ll take the points , thankyou.
Players points went 3 to Stoney, 2 to Mungi and 1 to Paul Sironene lookalike, Lanzo
vs Maitland at Home 14/06/14
Despite heavy rain overnight, following a couple of weeks of wet weather, the ground was in good condition. It was a bit wet along the edges but the playing area was generally solid. What a great day for Beaches Rugby. The first time we have beaten Maitland in 2nd grade, the first time in 3rd grade and the first time in all 4 grades. Apparently a well deserved keg is being shouted for the players at The Gunyah.
Premier 3 We are a bit short on numbers throughout all grades because of injury. But everyone stepped up today. We led 10-7 at half time and got away to a 17-7 lead until Maitland clawed their way back to lead 19-17 at the end of the game. But a penalty to us on their 22 and about 10 in from the sideline saw Sam Logan kick the goal to give us a well deserved 20-19 victory. Well done everyone. Players points went 3 to Ed Todd-Jones, 2 to Sam Logan and 1 to Colin Bodey.
Colts This was a game of 6th placed Beaches versus 3rd placed Maitland. After today’s win we stay in 6th but if we win over the next couple of weeks then we’ll be in the 5. The next 4 weeks see us against Merewether at home, Hamilton away, Wanderers at home and Waratah at home. Four tough games but this side is playing so well and improving so much each week it’s not a tall order to say that we’re in with a chance to win all 4 The coaches believed we stuck to our structures in the first 25 minutes to reap the benefits. We led 13-7 at half time but let them back into the game in the second half. We then took back our game plan and shut them out to win 34-19. Players points went 3 to Jessie, 2 to Mitch and 1 to Sam Winstone
Premier 2 We had to work hard against a traditionally strong Maitland second grade. We have been short of numbers so a very big thanks to Chris Wadsworth, Liam Gavin and Big Dog for backing up from Colts. This bonus point 29-19 win sees us in clear second place by 4 points. Players points went 3 to Baz, 2 to Gilko and 1 to Logan Welcome to Pee Wee for his first club game
Premier 1 Injuries forced some last minute changes in the forwards. But again everyone gave 100% especially the big hearted effort from Ray Furphy We led 19-0 at half time after some good controlled footy. Unfortunately we had the penalty count against us again and a resurgent Maitland put the pressure on in the second half. But we defended well for long periods and although they scored eventually it was just the weight of possession that allowed them to get back in the game. We won 24-17 after some nail biting defence at the end. Players points went 3 to KJ, 2 to Daniel and 1 to Lanzo This capped off a great day of Rugby for the club. Great work all players, coaches and helpers
vs University at Home 31/05/14
This game was transferred from what should have been a Uni home game because a burst water main had flooded their ground a couple of weeks ago and then rain later in the week didn’t allow it to dry out enough.
Our ground, although damp around the edges was in good nick. It got a bit cooler in the afternoon with a breeze favouring the team running from our right to left.
This was a clash between the 2 sides playing for 2nd place.
We were down 12-0 at half time and lost 12-5.
Lucas felt it was a tough game that we lost in the first half—and indication on the scoreboard. We didn’t get off our line in defence in the first half but when we did in the second we dominated.
Although we worked hard in the second half we couldn’t put them away.
Players points went 3 to Colin Bodey, 2 to Blake Cook and 1 to Sean Levey
We won this game 20-19 after being 12-12 at half time. Sean felt we were a bit stifled in attack against a side that seemed to be off side a lot in the first half.
We are improving each week and a pleasing thing from today was that we took 5 tight heads against their much vaunted front row. Well done, boys.
Players points went 3 to Jessie nelson, 2 to Connor Gralton and 1 to Sam Winstone.
In a scoreline that didn’t really reflect the game we went in at half time at 8-8 but powered home to win 32-13.
Possibly there was a feeling that we only had to go through the motions to beat Uni.
Fortunately the boys stuck to the task and won comfortably.
The team managers in a salubrious mood felt the referee at times was a bit obtuse in his rulings. But then how can they disagree after reports of their salacious gossiping?
Congratulations to Marty Delore on 100 First Grade games—and I think the try he scored was the first of the game.
We won 62-12 in a game that at times was scrappy
If anyone knows what is our highest point score for, since we have been in Premier 1?
Congratulations also to Chris Wadsworth who incidentally travels down from Singleton each week to play in his First Grade debut off the bench
I think last week or the week before Big Dog also had his debut off the bench.
There were some great individual efforts today but it was hard to go past the Players player Mick Delore who attacked the line to make many breaks.
A week off then Maitland then the start of the second round.
Vs Easts at Easts 24/05/14
Another beautiful day for the rugby. The ground was in good condition and there was no wind to speak of.
From all reports there was a midnight coup and Lucas was run out of town. Apparently this was part of the reason that it was a scrappy game. The revolutionaries had planned the coup but they didn’t think through what they were going to do once they’d seized power.
It was 5-0 at half time and we ran out winners 22-7.
Players points went 3 to Adam Jorgensen, 2 to Andrew Boden and 1 to Adam Gilson
No Colts Today
We’ve got quite a few injuries and players with other commitments at the moment. Thanks to some colts for playing today. We certainly needed the help.
Welcome to KJ and Mark Butler’s first full game. These are 2 real finds for the club and we hope the boys stick around.
In a scrappy affair we were up 21-0 at half time and ran out winners 33-7.
Mark Butler scored 2 tries and kicked 4 from 5.
Players points went 3 to The Doc, 2 to KJ and 1 to Ray Furphy.
It doesn’t matter who is in the Easts side or how they’re going in the comp but they’re always a hard side to beat.
Fortunately our boys defended really well and held their composure.
Congratulations to Scott Reeves on his First Grade debut
We won 43-12 in at times a scrappy game. Great to see Lachie Waide continue his good form and KJ and Mark Butler are going to give the selectors some headaches after their performances when they came on.
Not sure of players points in this game.