Brothers 48 - 3 Barker Old Boys
Our First XV helped celebrate ladies day on Saturday sporting the pink socks and providing everyone with a great display of disciplined rugby as they handed it to Barker 48-3 .
Brothers dominated play from the outset and despite plenty of niggle with the game blowing up on a number of occasions, Brothers settled down into their patterns and camped themselves in Barkers half for most of the match.
Four tries came about in the first half featuring Charlie and Jone with a try each, Charlie backing up Jone and then shortly after a great solo effort by Jone breaking from the ruck, sprinting 25M after a number of controlled phases by the forwards.
The backs got into it and just before half time Joel scooped on the loose ball for a try and shortly after, pulled off a brilliant kick and chase to regather and lead us into the break 24-3.
The second half continued much like the first with tries to Joel(again) from a run around with Vinnie, Vinnie off the driving scrum and Greg (Wadie) down the line fending off a number of Barkers defenders. A very decisive effort by the forwards for the whole of the match which was lead by our front rower, Joey Lynch in an unanimous coach and players man of the match effort.
Joey made numerous long breaks, worked tirelessly in the rucks and never took a backward step.
His commitment to the ball and to his team mates lifted the spirits on the day in what was a another strong performance by the 1`s as they prepare for the back half of the season with some tough games to follow.
Another excellent win, MASSIVE game against next door neightbours Forest next. That will be tough.
Brothers 31 - 17 Barker Old Boys
Excellent win for second grade against an excellent Barker Side.
Their 12 was probably the best player on the pitch, however one person does not a team make.
Brad suggested after the game that the backs won the game, but that wasn't how it looked from the sideline.
The massive forward domination we had from the kick off got us on the front foot from the off.
Then it was a matter of Daz, Duro and Farnzy picking out the lines and Dunc, Johnny and Dom running excellent support lines to run in
First try was a push over from a scrum, which set the tone for the rest of the day.
Duncan Raines then picked one off his toes to run a deceptive line into the corner for number 2.
Then in the second half the forward pack pushed over from a lineout to continue the forward dominance.
Next one was a classic, after a raking cross field kick from Kapene, Dom North juggled, then juggled it again, and finally gathered and downed it in the corner.
Duro picked up another on in the second half with another excellent line.
Barker rallied in the last ten or so and scored an excellent try through their 12 but it was too little too late, and seconds ran out easy winners in the end.
Brothers 12 - 17 Barker Old Boys
Tryscorers: A.Maikin & W.Smith 1 Conversion A.Maikin
Best & Fairest: 3pt's: Chris Scope 2pt's: Ollie Halliday 1pt: C. Brodie & C. Kilby
Ref's Points: 3pt's: A.Maikin 2 pt's: N.Timbrell 1 pt: C.Kilby
A bonus point loss against the competition leaders in a tough game in which we showed plenty of structure and ability.
Coming off the trip to Oatley last Saturday not much more could've been asked of the team on Saturday and I am very proud to say that many comments have been passed around amongst the club about how well our Colts team played on Saturday against the competition leaders, I even got a call from our Club Patron in Mackay Queensland asking about the game and congratulating me on the scoreline and comments he has heard passed about your performance on Saturday.
The individual player comments and Greg's team wrap will provide a more in depth analysis but sufficient to say it was a gutsy effort by the whole team and we took the game to Barker in a way that I believe should show us that we have the skill and aptitude to challenge any team in this competition.
Just gotta mention the strength of our scrums, it was a pleasure to see us take to this element of our game with the tenacity we did, congrats to all and just cause I know he will love reading it; good job Mark Toma!
So next week Forest at Melwood Oval, lets get ready for this one guys, training is on Tuesday as normal.
Brothers 0 - 24 Barker Old Boys
A solid performance in the first half saw us very competitive, and our excellent defence combined to keep us right in the game until the very start of the second half.
Then the wheels came off somewhat. Pickle probably doesn't want to remember his quick lineout, although, I doubt we'll let hime forget.
And then another quick try after that, pretty much wrapped it up.
Barker had most of the possession in the second half and ran out with a good win in the end.
We need to retain the ball, we need to train and we need to start getting into a winning habit.
There's no reason that this team cannot start to win games. The talent is there, we just need to pull together.
Oh, and in a SHOCK move from the referee, Opie was controversially binned in the second half for repeated infringements in the ted zone.
The referee did admit to binning the wrong player after the game... so for the first time ever Opie gets binned and didn't deserve it!!
3: Damo. Massive defensive effort, and a couple of excellent breaks. Needed support.
2: Cookie. Good to see him back after the broken hand. Coordinated well, tackled really well.
1: Old Salty Balls, Typically robust performance.
Brothers 0 - Barker Old Boys 43
Quick interview with Moose after the game.
"Moose, how did the boys go."
"Well, we came second".
3: Anthony Micali
2: Scott Dane
1: Eddie Sudradjat