7th Jun 2016
Members of the Rugby Department were having small heart attacks on Friday night: 15 games at QUINS and it was raining and predicted to rain all day Saturday. With the coming Rebels versus Hurricanes trial game at QUINS on Thursday 23 June this was the last day we needed to have wet weather. Both fields were full for the entire day so there was not much that could be done and #1 field did take a bit of a belting. For this reason we will try and move both 3rd XV and 2nd XV this week to the back field and only have 1st XV play on the main oval: the VRU is in agreement. We just need Souths' approval because under competition rules the 2nd XV is supposed to be on the main oval: maybe a case of beer might be needed in negotiations with the Pirates.
It was a great day, with Junior and Senior teams playing throughout the day: the Lovo cooking for most of the day; Fijian dancers and some great rugby games. It drizzled for most of the day: nothing too bad and it wasn’t too cold. The Juniors had some great results highlighted by our U16s defeating the previously undefeated Wyndham City team and our U18s, who haven’t had a win all year, drawing with the 2nd placed Wyndham City/ Two outstanding results that will give those teams a great deal of confidence.
In Seniors 2nd XV and 3rd XV had easy wins. The 1st XV definitely had a far tougher match against a very committed Endeavour Hills team who sit 4th on the table and showed us why. Though our boys were guilty of blowing numerous chances, the Endeavour Hills' lads rush defence and commitment was definitely a contributing factor and a very well executed phase set play saw them score an excellent try in the 1st half to be down only 15-7 at the break. With 15 minutes to go the scores were 15-10. A penalty goal gave Quins some breathing space before Mahe Vailanu, hooker and man if the match, scored a try with 5 minutes to go. It provided Quins with a 4 try bonus point and a 25-10 win.
It was great to see the women play their first game of the year at QUINS going down 12-17 in a close game against Moorabbin. Our two colts teams played off against each other and Maroon defeated Blue 37-32. 4ths again won on forfeit to Melbourne University for the second week in a row.
It was great to see the numbers of people in the club rooms post game enjoying the Lovo, dancing and then the music supplied by 1st Grade player Charles Pease and his friends. It was a great night for the entire club and thank you to all those who undertook the planning and work on the night.