Home v Petersham – Match Reports

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July 17, 2013
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July 17, 2013

Home v Petersham – Match Reports

Man of the day: Andrew McDonald.
The Brothers new boy showed massive club spirit by playing in all four grades.
He scored a try in 4s and picked up coach points in three out of four games, what a massive effort.

First Grade
Brothers 31 – 27 Petersham

Following the defeat against St Ives the day before, the opportunity was taken by Tom to have a team meeting prior to warm up against Petersham. The boys having reflected on this came out of the sheds with renewed purpose and it showed from the outset. Brothers had the upper hand all match, dominating the play in the forwards and providing the backs with plenty of backline raids, leading to 5 tries and some standout performances lead by Johnny Gibbs who also scored a try and Lawrence 2 tries and one each to Will Hannam and Joel. Petersham made a late run with a couple of tries however Brothers were by far the better team on the day. We had a number of guys from second grade step up due to injuries and absences whom all did a great job in turning the lost from the week into a strong return to form.

Tries to Lawerence (2), Will Hannam, Johnny Gibbs and Joel of course.

Player points:
3: Lawrence Hunting
2: Chris Micali
1: Si
1: Wadey

Second Grade
Brothers 21 – 38 Petersham

Tough loss for the seconds boys in pretty much a carbon copy from the previous week.
We are still nicely in finals contention, but with UNSW coming this weekend, we need a good result there to stop them catching us on the table.
This Petersham side are well drilled and are unbeaten in this grade, and if we are to challenge them in this grade, then we will need to match their aggression and work ethic.
Tries to Ned Brown, Matty C and Renold.

Player points:
3: Stu Raines
1: Davo
1: Damien Robinson
1: Andy Mc (his third game of the day!!)

Brothers 36 – 14 Petersham

What a great effort by the boys who backed up on sunday- a case of a few walking wounded and everyone a little the worse for ware after the tough game on Saturday. We looked a bit shaky with numbers at first but we were in a position to field a team, thanks to a few changes of decision to play by Murphy and Charles who stepped up when we looked as though we may be short.
We started off really well, with 2 quick tries, with Rory asserting his dominance in the centre. Josh Ward turned out to be the try scoring “machine” with three tries and two to Rory.
A real gutsy effort by all concerned, with indeed the game being won “in the head” with our boys wanting to win it more than Petersham. Good to see our wingers James and Wilson running hard and chasing as hard as I have seen them do all season.
Arthur controlled things at 10 and kicked well to give us good field position. Chris gave good service and drove those tired piggys around the paddock well. Ollie combined with Rory to knock over their opposing centres well.
Nathan keep the chat going to keep the levels of enthusiam up, as well as fielding and returning well, and figured prominently in the best and fairest points. We thought we would not be able to contest scrums at one stage there, but Mark, Josh and Gatesy decided we were up to it and did a great job up front. I also thought that Murphy had his best game all year, showing that when you feel a bit sore and sorry,you can produce your best footy.
Connor took that ball up well and inflicted some great hits on some very sore opposition by the end of the game.
Julian got one of the better smacks in the eye,so saw not too much action either on the field or when he was holding ice on it from the sideline.
Finally, thanks to Toma for his continued ability to keep turning up with “mates” who keep us so competitive.
It was also geat to see Cam and Richard there supporting their mates, even though injured.
Overall, a great conclusion to a successful weekend, with 6 competition points all up.

Tries to Josh Ward (3, a hatrick from Lock… what an amazing effort.), Rory Halliday (2) and Wilson Smith.

Player points:
3: Josh Ward – hands down the best player on the pitch today.
2: Arthur Maikin
1: Nathan Timbrell

Third Grade
Brothers 0 – 52 Petersham

It was a lot to ask most of these boys to play their third game in two days, but despite this they showed MASSIVE positive attitude.
They kept their discipline and tackled like it was going out of fashion.
But all the effort takes its’ toll, and we leaked tries.
But the club performance over the day, makes this an extremely valiant effort, and one the club needs to be proud of.
It was a long tough day at the office, and these days are now much more a thing of the past,

Player points:
3: Big Karl , where does he get the energy at his age? EPO?
2: Andy Mc… well played mate, tough day.
1: Willie…

Fourth Grade
Brothers 10 – 3 Petersham

Another excellent win from the 4s boys. Maybe two games a weekend suits them?
On this form, a late charge for finals footie is not off the cards….???

Andy McDonald scored all the points.

Player points:
3: Karl
2: Scotty Lewis
1: Andy Mc

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