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MATCH REPORTS BY MICK WAIDE
UNIVERSITY VS SOUTHERN BEACHES SATURDAY 16TH APRIL 2016
Va led the team onto the field and there were murmors 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 over under the posts but a quick pass to sibling Michael loowed him to score his second try (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.
vs Lake Macquarie at Home 17/05/14
What a great day the weather gods turned on for us especially as it was Old Boys Day.
There wasn’t much wind to speak of and the ground was in very good nick.
Once again Lucas had good numbers to choose from.
We dominated in the first half to go in at 29-3.
We actually lost the second half but at least everyone got a run.
Overall the game was a bit scrappy but we came away with a bonus point win. We still have quite a few on the injured list and when those players come back it will help our cause.
We won 34-15.
Players points went 3 to Mitch Sheehan, 2 to Paul Elliott and 1 to Adam Jorgensen
Two wins in a row.
Everyone got a run and it was good to see such good numbers both at training and at the game.
We went in at half time leading 22-0 and ran out winners 46-19.
The belief is that we must still work on our structures.
Players points went 3 to Sam Jenkins, 2 to Zac Bryant and 1 to Karl Forbes
This was a walkover for the second week in a row.
We led 42-3 at half time and ended up posting over 70 points by full time.
It was a scrappy affair but it’s still good to get the points
A special mention to Logan who kicked 7 from 9 attempts and not all of them were from in front of the posts.
Players points went 3 to Pumps, 2 to Logan and 1 to Va.
The bottom line is that you can never be certain about how things are going to go against Lake Macquarie. We would have been a bit confident though when 3 of their Colts had to back up after playing a full game.
We fielded an unchanged side from last week and it’s good to see that players coming back from injury have to earn their spots.
So Premier 1 today saw them staring without Va, Mick and Andy Delore who all returned through Premier 2.
We seemed to play well in patches but at times we looked a bit disorganised.
Maybe though we can put this down to disruptions and late withdrawals.
We led 24-17 at half time.
Full time the score was 45-24 and another bonus point win
Players points went 3 to Lachie Waide (again) , 2 to Stoney and 1 to Jack.
Vs Hamilton at Cahill 12/04/14
The ground was in perfect condition. A bit of a breeze favouring the team running left to right from the shed side with strong winds predicted for the late afternoon.
Who couldn’t help but be impressed by the atmosphere at the ground? There were junior games in progress with heaps of spectators and there was an army of volunteers helping set up the ground for the senior games. Through the afternoon these people did a magnificent job from the bbq to the bar, to the canteen, to the face painting and Easter egg search for the young ones, to the helpers on the football side. Please try to keep up this effort—it was so good and something we firstly all should be proud of and secondly as setting the bench mark for other clubs to try to match.
Welcome to Wade Dignam and Tallis Knight, both I think from the ranks of our Central coast connections. Haven’t these guys provided not only talent to the club but a fiercely loyal attitude to go with it.
2 minutes into the game, running into the breeze, once again Mango went on one of his bull elephant charges knocking all and sundry to the ground in a 40 metre run that put us up 7-0.
13 minutes later Kane swooped on a ball jolted loose in a crushing tackle by Wade Dignam to get us up to 14-0.
Kane was the maestro conducting his orchestra. Sam Logan was accurate with the boot . We went into half time up 26-0 and absolutely thumped them 48-10.
Another great turnout of players and full credit to Lucas for getting everyone a run.
Players points went 3 to Michael Hawkings, 2 to Sunday and 1 to Sam Logan
We started by gifting Hamilton possession through a succession of penalties and it wasn’t long before they converted those penalties to lead 3-0.
At half time we were down 8-6 and the game was there for the taking.
However, once again our fitness in the second half let us down and we lost 44-6.
There are positives though. Our set pieces improved 100% .
Remember it’s only our second game together and we are playing sides that have had 3 or 4 trials already.
Our fitness will improve and our team work will improve.
The message from the coaches is to stick with it because things won’t be far from turning around in our favor.
Players points went 3 to Liam Gavin, 2 to Jessie Nelson and 1 to Cobey Bowman.
I didn’t get much of a chance to watch this game but from what I did see, this side has Premiership written all over it. There are quality footballers across the park and although the words are used too often, these players from 1 to 15 are putting genuine pressure on first grade spots.
From being down 10-8 at half time we blew them away in the second half to win39-10. The point that Mick Foggett made at the end of the game is that there was a feeling we were always going to win but the most pleasing thing is that the side is showing the maturity and patience not to rush things. What we are doing is building phases and scoring when the time is right. Well done boys.
Players points went 3 to Lachie Waide, 2 to Ben Smith and 1 to Eric Donaldson.
This was a game where I think we all had high hopes. We’ve got the players there in the club but something’s just not working at the moment.
In the first 15 minutes I thought we were going to absolutely crush them especially after we went to an early lead following a try to Mungi against his old club. Full credit to Hamilton in the first half for sticking to their guns because it would have been easy for them to wilt under the ferocious onslaught led by Va and Lanzo.
We were down 10-5 at half time and the feeling amongst the players at half time was that it was there for us to be won.
But the second half, even with the wind behind us and running into what’s going to be our supporters corner was a real disappointment. Once again a lack of discipline saw too many penalties against us.
We missed tackles that last week we were making. At times we turned over their possession but it looked as if once we got the ball we didn’t know what to do with it.
Unlike last year with our horrific injury toll, we’ve got the players this year.
Obviously Tim’s got some fine tuning to do but before we get too negative, just remember that last year we beat Hamilton twice and we beat the other grand finalist, Waratah once. We didn’t make the semis. Although we want to win these games, given our lack of trials it’s still only really our second game of the season and there’s still a long way to go.
The final score was 31-13 against.
Players points went 3 to Mick Delore, 2 to Va and 1 to Lanzo.
Vs Merewether at Merewether, Saturday 5th April, 2014
A mild but humid day after some rain overnight. The cricket pitch was going to be greasy. A light breeze favouring the side running away from the Merewether sheds.
What a great turn out. A full squad plus 10 reserves. This followed good numbers at training on Thursday.
We started like a house on fire but a lack of fitness saw Merewether skip to a 15 point lead in the first half. We scored in the second half to make it 5-15.
Lucas thinks our lack of combinations and match fitness went against us although we did score 5-0 in the second half.
Perhaps if our intercept in the first half had resulted in points the end result would have been different.
But you can’t deny that we’ve got real potential. It was a great effort. In previous years this would have been a walkover to Merewether.
Player’s points went 3 to Mango, 2 to Kane and 1 to Mitch Sheehan.
At half time we were up 7-5. And this was a good reflection of what was looking to be a well drilled and competitive team.
We lost 39-7. The coaching staff put this down to a lack of fitness. But we still showed enough skill and determination to be real contenders this year. Merewether were surprised at how good we were in the first half and next round when we are fitter Merewether will be in for a shock.
Player’s points went 3 to Jessie Nelson, 2 to Kallum Forbes and 1 to Chris Wadsworth
We won 19-0. Where do you start to describe the potential that both Premier 2 and Premier 1 have this year.
This time last year we had a huge injury toll and things weren’t looking so good.
Today we started with maybe 10 new recruits to the club who are all quality players and we’ve retained the bulk of our players from last year.
Merewether probably thought this was going to be a walk in the park. Well we showed them who was boss today.
Missi, Eric and Marshall scored tries and both Marshall and Logan kicked conversions.
Well done boys in what someone said was the first time we’ve beaten Merewether at Merewether in Premier 1 and Premier 2.
Player’s points went 3 to Jack “Sparra”, 2 to Missi and 1 to Rai .
A hard fought victory of 10-9 with a nail biting missed penalty opportunity by Merewether on full time allowing us to scrape home. We scored 2 tries to their 3 penalties.
This is a hard game to write about because although there were some really great moments there’s also some things we have to work on. We’re not setting our goal just on being in the semi’s but actually winning the comp and if we want to do that then we still have things to do.
Some of the positives were our courage in playing with 13 men at one stage; the glimpses of class we saw when we were patient and disciplined; our fearsome defence—Merewether players will be having nightmares of ballistic missiles being launched at them and all of them hard legitimate tackles.
The negatives were our discipline—letting the opposition get close to our score through penalties; the lack of patience when we did get the ball which led to us not seeming to get any phases together.
I haven’t seen the stats but the perception was that we had too many penalties awarded against us and we didn’t seem to have much possession. With the possession we had we didn’t seem to build any phases.
These are all things we can work on because we have the players to do it. It now becomes a question of our mind set.
Overall, while this all appears negative, that’s not the point. It was a great win and we should enjoy the moment, but the wiser heads realise that if we want to be number 1 then we still have jobs ahead of us.
Great tries to Pino and Daniel.
Players points went 3 to Va, 2 to Smithy and 1 to Mika.
Semi Final vs Merewether 01/09/13
Premier 2 vs Merewether 01/09/13
What an outstanding performance.
We won this semi final 52-19 to take us into the final next week against Hamilton.
If we win against Hamilton then we meet Maitland in the Grand Final.
We scored 6 tries, 5 conversions and 3 penalties(Logan) and 1 field goal to Eric.
This was a comprehensive win and the Greens only got their last 14 points towards the end of the game.
Some highlights were the bone crashing tackles of Gilko. The elusive running of Kane.
Eric at 10 was masterful.
Rob Arthur and Dane never stop and Glen Stone has improved every week.
When things go right , they go right as was shown by an intercept and then length of the field try to Ty.
Logan is slotting the ball over from everywhere and it just goes to show how good he’s been by keeping such a good kicker as Tyler only as back up.
We knew this side had it in them and today they put it on the park.
Play like this again over the next 2 weekends and we will be Premiers
Premier 2 and Premier 3 Semis 24 th and 25th August 2013
Premier 2 Semi-Final at No 2.
A beautiful day . The ground was in good condition. A fairly strong breeze from the south against us in the first half.
How do you explain the better side losing on the day?
We lost 16-15 although a missed penalty from wide out would have seen us win 18-16.
For 80% of the game we dominated. We had good structure in attack and defence.
They scored from 2 breaks against the run of play. They were long distance breaks because of our dominance in territory. However, they were a bit quicker than us in a couple of spots out wide and some handling errors cost us dearly.
Club supporters and players all feel that we are in with more than a good chance to win this comp.
We are the only team to have given Maitland an almighty scare and we can do it.
Good to see such strong support from all and the presence of 1st grade players cheering on our boys.
Mind you there could be a few sore heads in the 1st grade ranks on Sunday morning.
Another glorious day at No 2 this time on Sunday to watch our P3 take on Wanderers
We lost 30-0 despite the boys putting in a whole hearted effort. We ran with a slight breeze at our backs but couldn’t contain the skill of the Wanderers 10 and 12.
We matched them in the forwards as best as we could but even before the game they looked fitter than us and this was proved to be the case as the game wore on.
All year the difference between our P3 sides and the other leading teams is that basically they have the club depth to allow former first graders to be playing for enjoyment in a lower grade where as we don’t have that luxury.
We counted 5 Wanderers players who had extensive first grade experience.
It doesn’t mean that they are necessarily better footballers than our own it’s just that even though their legs are getting slower they still have the nous that makes such a huge difference in big games.
So well done to all players . Enjoy the festivities and get ready for next year. We have an interesting mix in our P3. There are some who are happy to play their Saturday footie at a relaxed level. But we have quite a few very talented P3 players who would be great assets for P1 and P2 if they decided to next season.