The final round of the season saw us taking on Macquarie University to determine places in the finals for Meldrum Cup and Halligan Cup.
Both were must win games if we wanted to ensure our places in the 2v3 semi as opposed to the 1v4. As it turned out we needed a bonus point win in the Halligans to make that happen.
Next week we are into the semis with both teams taking on Balmain. Given the results last time we met them they are sure to be willing games.
Due to COVID restrictions spectators are requested not to attend the semis as only players and support staff will be allowed into the ground.
Subbies are looking at providing live streaming of the games and we'll keep you updated as to where you can watch.
ZUMBA ZUMBA ZEY!
Scrappy, but we got the job done, onwards and upwards to the semis….
Not our best performance, playing an opposition determined to create an upset. We didn’t allow them but we accommodated their playing style at times by standing back and allowing them to take space, we lost our way a little bit both in defence and attack.
In attack, certainly there is work to be done to ensure players pass the ball pre contact rather in contact. We also conceded way too many penalties and it allowed the opposition territory and decent amount of possession. Thankfully our defence was still sound, limiting them to 10 points.
Today we were made to work hard for the W, credit to our men, they kept playing and made the necessary adjustments to put the opposition away in the last 15 minutes.
1- Ben Kennedy - Certainly got tested with bombs but held firm.
1- Michael Parker - Stole opposition line out even on crooked throws, always setting the standard in defence.
2- Buka - Was always menacing out wide. Will need to pass to create higher probability outcomes.
3- Declan Ward - Another solid performance with a high work rate.
The team marches on
Great team effort to get to the semi finals.
We looked like we were always in the drivers seat, with Tom Channell again as stand in skipper, leading and directing his men around the field. It was close in the first half but we managed to keep them scoreless while we registered 2 tries thanks to Pat Dermott and Etuate Bainivalu.
In the second half we started to make in-roads, through forwards in the middle and outside with our wingers. Great defensive effort by keeping the opposition scoreless. Now we march on to play Balmain in the semi finals.
A highlight of the day was seeing the future generation of Brother's players take the field with Gavin Opie being joined by his two sons, Tim & Nick, and Dave Taylor being joined by his son, Ed.
3- Tom Channell - Grows when given the opportunity to lead
2- Matt Barton - Tireless worker.
1- Jayden Nauluvula - Made an immediate impact once introduced.