Harlequin Juniors - Round 4 2015
25th May 2015
Quins Under 18s successfully completed one of the longest competitive road trips in the Club's history, defeating Shepparton 27-12 on Saturday.
Following the inevitable two and a half hour drive, the game kicked off at noon on a well grassed paddock and under clear blue skies.
Quins recovered the opening kickoff and after patiently testing Shepparton's defence for 4-5 minutes eventually scored, when the ball was worked through hands for Lucas to score. While Kale's kick was unsuccessful, Quins were up 5-0, and the Bulls hadn't touched the ball.
Perhaps it was the manner of the early score which distracted the boys, but while they continued to dominate possession and field position for most of the remained of the half, too many one off runs, or failing to spread the ball meant they were unable to add to their tally. On the other hand, any time Shepparton went forward the Quins defence was more than able to hold them out.
With half time looming it looked like Quins would go to the sheds only 5 points up, but a late period of sustained pressure was rewarded when Lucas went over for his second and Kale converted to see Quins 12-0 up at the half.
Shepparton began the second half more determined and pressed the Quins line for a sustained period before going over to make the score 12-5.
However Quins then lifted and took control of the game.
A well worked driving maul off a lineout saw Jaydon go over, though credit should go to the entire pack. Lucas then completed his hat trick capitalising on some slick play in the backs to burst through a tiring Bulls defence to score. Finally, Kuda, recovered a Shepparton kick on his own 22, stayed on his feet strongly, despite two tacklers, and released it for Eamonn. Eamonn then beat three defenders out wide for pace, stood up their centre with an in and away move and tiptoed down the sideline passed their full back to score the best individual try of the day.
While conceding a late try to Shepparton was disappointing, the match finished with a comfortable win for Quins.
Best players for Quins were captain Callum, Lucas and Trevor.
UNDER 14 MAROONS
Harlequins played against Box Hill on Saturday morning. Box Hill got the heads up and scored the opening try, but the quins haven’t even started. We started running through the defence and as Ben, Seb, Justin and Lucca scored we gained more and more confidence. We made lots of mistakes and we were penalised for them.
When we dropped to 13 players we had to pick up our game…. And we did. As Box Hill scored 2 tries when we had 13 players we got back on our feet when we got back to 15. We just gave it our all and finished with a total score of 32 against Box Hill’s 28. In our next game we need to take the mistakes that we made and learn from it to become a better all-round team.
Tries: Ben, Seb, Justin, Lucca
By Euan Olivier
Harlequins U12s had a big win against Moorabbin this week. We scored 10 tries to one and won 52-7.
Moorabbin had the biggest giant I have ever played rugby against on their team but we were able to stop him.
I thought Tai was Man-of-the-Match. He scored three tries (one from our half) but that wasn’t why he was our best player. I thought his tackle on the Giant was the best part of his whole game. Tai also set up a try for Jay with a great pass.
Jay scored two tries and also stopped a try by ankle tapping the Giant. Jabril also pulled off a try saving tackle.
Sebastian won the Hogs Breath award and had a great game including a try running like a back.
Our passing and teamwork was much better this week. We spread the ball wide more which allows our fast players to run.
By Daniel Curnow
Tries: Tai 3, Jay 2, Isaac 1, Will 1, Sebastian 1, Zion 1, Aseri 1.
Goals: Simon 1.
UNDER 11 MAROON
It was a good game today. We won by 24 points.
We all played well as a team. Some great tackles by Paddy, George, Zac, Big J and Little J.
And some fantastic cleaning out!
Tries by Paddy, Blair and Sam - well done mates!
Thanks to Blair we got 6 points from conversions.
A few injuries but we came back in a good second half.
Thanks to Brock and Matt for coaching and Vanessa for managing. Good jobs by Lachie, Robbie and Sarah
Final score 31 to 7!!!
What a win
By Tommy B
UNDER 11 BLUE
The Harlequin Blue team had their first taste of victory but it did not come easy. We won by just 3 points, but a win is a win.
A great try to Spencer but the try of the day goes to Finlay. At least 5 passes strung together and when Finlay got it, the after-burners were on and he was away.
Moorabbin kept fighting but the Quins held on. At the 7 minute mark Moorabbin were down, 2 quick tries saw them 3 points down but we scored back and put the nail in the coffin. Moorabbin did have the last day but the Quins held on.
By Luke Lourey
It was an ideal morning for rugby with clear skies. We had just the 12 players and the team did well to playout the 40 mins even with a few bumps to some of the players.
We did well in general play with ball in hand and had plenty of trys to prove it. We had some really good support play and good passing. It's good to see the players picking up on things discussed at the last training session (Dom would have been proud).
Congratulations to Alistair for his BOG performance! We could still improve on our defensive work especially at rucks, mauls and tackling low.
Tries: Pita 5, Hugo 3, Laiema 2, Francisco 1.