Harlequin Juniors - Round 5 2015
31st May 2015
For the first time all season Quins under 18s had, despite some injuries and unavailability's, a full side on Saturday.
This was a reflection on the efforts of the coach, James Nettleton, and the junior co-ordinator, Greg Fergus in recruiting players to the team.
Unfortunately, Eltham only had twelve players, so we played with three reserves, to match their numbers. Emulating what both they and Shepparton had done for us in the previous games.
Despite the numerical advantage it was Eltham which started better and after 10 minutes they lead 14-5. This deficit seemed to sting Quins into action and they dominated the remainder of the game, indeed, after that point Eltham struggled to win any ball, and what ball they won was inside their own 22.
With Kale dictating play at 5/8, and strong play from our forward back, Quins took control of the game to win 54-14. One of the most pleasing aspects of the win was the way, without contrivance, the tries were shared around, though Chris chimed in for two on his wing in a pleasing display.
Best players were Kale and Darcy, and special mention goes to the entire forward pack who played well despite being constantly shuffled on and off the reserve bench and, in some instances, playing out of position in the backs.
The team arrived at the Melbourne ground quietly confident. We won the toss receiving the ball from The Melbourne unicorns.
We had a bad start to the game letting Melbourne score an easy try but we got straight back into it when we got a penalty 22 metres from the try line with a quick tap from Isaac who busted through the tackles to score.
Melbourne kicked off and due to lack of defence and communication on our part the unicorns scored off a scrappy line out.
We kicked the ball back and rushed up on them and with good defence and counter rucking we eventually won the ball, with a quick ball to the backs Sebastian ran straight through the gaps and scored a 40 metre try and he also added the 2 extra points when he converted the try. We received the ball and quickly ran it back after a couple minutes we came 5 metres from the try line and with the straight running from Zion we eventually got over the line and got the conversion.
The ref blew her whistle calling for half time when Dante and Richard talked to us about our rucks and scrums.
In the second half we kept Melbourne scoreless. We kicked off and had good defence, we kept the unicorns in their own half for most of the second half.
The forwards had good counter rucking and flooded the Melbourne unicorns offensive rucks then off a quick pick up by Cormac he scored a try down the sideline.
The unicorns quickly kicked the ball back to us when we made some good metres and ended up giving it to the backs, with good ball handling and speed Tai scored a long range try along the sideline.
We kept the pressure on them and ended up scoring a final try after Tai made another long run down the sideline but got chased down and then Aseri picked up off the ruck and scored.
Good game boys and a good win. 38-10
Today the Harlequin Blue team made the trip out to Wyndham City, we came up against a fast and well drilled team who seemed to know the way forward.
Although we might not have been on the winning end of the score line there were some positives to take away from the game. Spencer scored a great try: he got the ball just inside Wyndham City’s half and punched through their lines and scored right in the corner.
We’re now starting to get the hang of the game and are developing skills such as our clean outs and our passing of the ball.
We also found ourselves doing some tackling but it is an area we still need to develop. It is a long road but we are slowly getting there, and we are enjoying the game and becoming a team.
By Finlay Gough
To Maroon players and parents,
Today we played Geelong Rams at our home ground on a sunny day. We played fantastically both halves and ended up with a 69 nil win. Tries scored by Nick, Paddy, Blair, Sam, Pita and Jozef* with good build up play with all of them. I reckon the good players today were George, Nick, Tom and Paddy.
Lachlan made a great tackle when he got winded, George’s wonderful run up the wing, Nick’s run in our attack, Paddy, Sam and Tom’s good running and the whole team’s clean outs.
Also, well done to all that played for the other team, Hugo, Xavier, Big J, Zach, Lachlan and Sione.
Thank you to all the U10 that played for us today, Hugo, Pita, Xavier. We like playing with you all.
Homecoming!! Our first home game of the season was against Powerhouse on the number 1 field, and a great day for a game of Rugby.
This was a game of two halves! Our first half saw good phase ball, we were quick to our rucks and drove low, hard determined tackling, and great running through gaps with support. Some good team tries were scored by Pita (2), Hugo and Laiema. Our scrum was strong and our lineouts were excellent with one or two steals of the opposing throw.
The second half was a complete contrast! Powerhouse pushed our side hard in defence. In fact a majority of the second half was spent tackling and chasing, including a mighty effort to keep them out on our try line.
Xavier T, Hugo, Pita, Laiema, Zavier K all played well with great runs, support and tackling, and of course
Best On Ground - James, who never gave up and was fantastic in and around the rucks and malls!