Harlequin Juniors - Round 5 2016
30th May 2016
It was a cold wet slippery morning with the rain well on its way. We were facing a strong Northern outfit with some players out with injuries and the winter blues leaving us with only 2 on the bench.
As the game began we held Northern off for 10 minutes until they scored first 0-5. As we re grouped, a decoy runner was formed from Nic Roostan to Sam Tuibua and Atu Bosenavulagi scored on the left side topped with a conversion from Sam Tuibua 7-5 game on.
A lot of the game was spent on both ends of the field, both teams moving the ball around so there was no real dominant side it was pretty much evenly distributed. As first half was coming to an end Northern broke through and scored again leaving us 7-10 half time.
With the rain now pouring down Northern scored first in the 2nd half from our own mistake out of a scrum which left us 7-17 and feeling the heat. It was a fierce match that saw our forwards push ahead and display fantastic form from Zachary Pitts aggravating his knee and Xander Reynolds Ross copping a hit to the face leaving him streaming with blood.
From there we knew it would be a fight to the end. As the game was coming to a close the ball finally found the back line and an amazing run from Jeremiah Kove saw him run an odd 40 metres up field get taken down close our try line with a fantastic follow up coming from Isaac Aedo Kailea unstoppable scoring our 2nd try and Sam Tuibua nailed it with a conversion 14-17.
It was pretty much anyones game but we ran out of time. Final score Northern 17 defeating Quins 14. A good performance from the boys with special mentions going out to Tomas Smith our new flanker whom hit everything in his path, Charlie Carter for consistent turn overs, William O'Donohue whom delivered a massive game and Gabriel Morin whose confidence continues to grow every game and is now proving to be one of our strongest backs literally.
Boys the communication between our forwards and backs need to be spot on. A team sport doesnt have any time for selfishness. Know your position and work with your team mates. Remember our values DISCIPLINE and TRUST, its a 15 man squad on the field believe in yourself and each other.
See you at training on Monday night.
Match Report by Atu Snr (Coach)
Last Saturday, the Blues team went to Newport to play Power House. Was it tough? Yes. Was it fun? Yes. Did we win? No. Did we play well? Hell yes we did.
The first half was great with some great tackles and a well-earned try. But we got a little tired in the second half. A way we can fix this is a fitness training session every Monday. No tackling. No passing. Just running.
This will help improve our stamina which will mean no more walking on field. Sometimes the boys forget that size doesn’t matter. It’s all about strength. We should have flattened them, but we didn’t. All in all, it was a great game and maybe next time, we will beat them.
Keep your heads up boys and remember. GO QUINS!!!
Match Report byWilliam Fourie
The Harlequins Maroon U12 team took a while to get started, with performance in the first half somewhat scrappy and bunched at times. However, the team snapped into gear in the second half with some much better play by the forwards and good passing among the backs out wide to score. These are some of the things we can improve upon to be ready for Wydnham:
Carrying the ball into tackle with two hands so we don't get the ball easily ripped;
Passing the ball early so we don't get tackled and loose possession of the ball;
Support people running with the ball; and
Focus on cleaning out in the ruck, not looking for tries.
In the end we came out with a solid win. Box Hill only scored one try to our many. No one got injured on our side, but there were a few players that got winded due to hard tackles. Thanks to all the parents for coming out to support us on a cold morning!
I am looking forward to the Maroons taking on the ‘Rhinos’ next week.
Match Report by Patrick Scarff