This Saturday our Seniors take on Kariong in all 4 Grades. All matches are very important, though first grade really need the win to keep the good recent drive to a top 4 position rolling along. Added incentive will be to help honour one of the true legends of the Club, Emile Thomas, who will be running out for his 200th First Grade game!! An amazing feat joining his great mates Justin Staben & Pete Steele as the only Sharks to have reached that milestone. Emile has only played 208 games for the Club, so the real question is .. which coaches didn't pick him in 1sts? He has won many first grade Premierships, represented CCRU on countless occasions and also been selected in the NSW Country teams. Emile is someone that everyone looks up to and respects, and he is giving back so much to the Club helping out Junior teams. Not many more years to go before he can start planning games with his sons , wouldn't be surprised if he is still in first grade when that happens! Make sure you are all at the Sharkpool on Saturday to cheer Emile on, to support him in that game and to thank him for the other 199 1st grade games he has given to the Club. Cheers Emile!
A long day at the Sharkpool and eventually a pretty good crowd to see 1st grade. Day opened with a great game of u8s with our Gold and White teams playing each other. In the other junior games a good win to the u16s, followed by the u17s with a lot of help from u16s really hanging in well against a strong Warnervale team. Once the school reps season is over both of our teams will be stronger. The u19s were missing a few players and did well to be only down 5-7 at the half against tough opposition. Kariong did all of the second half scoring for the final 5-28 result. Isaiah Fairless scored the try and a point. Cooper Elliott 2pts and in probably his first ever game at half back Tristan Morris-bowyer got the 3 points and players player! 3rds was pretty tight as well, and with a lot of absences it made the task even harder. Joshua Fash Meadham helped out and even had a long spell in the centres, though he scored his try with a usual front rowers charge. Final score was 21-12 with Rob Hurell and Gareth Brown getting the other tries, all 3 converted by Will Byrne. 1pt Wayne Lancaster, 2pts Connor Starkey, 3pts and players player Will Byrne. 2nds got off to a good start and had a 10-0 lead against a team with John Paterson & Daniel McClelland doing their coaching - they are a good squad with lots of good young players who might be playing first grade if they wanted. They kept coming at the Sharks and eventually took the lead 10-12. From there we had a lot of chances to finish ahead but just couldn't finish off the plays to get over the line. A late penalty chance went wide and they held us out until full time. Looked like one of their boys broke a leg, best wishes from all of us at Avoca for a quick recovery. Then on to 1st grade and the Lakes started out on fire, throwing the ball around, running strongly and getting the first try of the game. Once we got possession and held it, the tone of the game changed and by half time our lead was 28-12. To their credit they kept attacking and though the scoreline blew out it was hard match where the win had to be earned. The late highlight was Elliot Dawkins showing some fancy work with his feet and scoring under the posts .. then not letting anyone else near the ball he calmly slotted the conversion with a drop kick as the full time whistle blew! Final score was 49-26, other try scorers were Matt Anderson (2), Chad Martin (2), Joshua Fash Meadham, & Blake Jacob, Connor Kondrat converted them all and might have got 7 if Elliot hadn't got his kick in before Connor could get there. Well done to Cooper Elliott on getting his well deserved first game time in 1sts. 1pt Liam Donsworth & Matthew Ritchie, 2pts Blake Jacob & Elliot Dawkins, 3pts Chris Newton, with Elliot Dawkins voted players player. The half time kick for cash was finally won, Keith Ferrier getting drawn out of the hat and in a very smart decision selecting Will Byrne to kick on his behalf in the hope Will would keep his perfect kicking record from 3rds intact. That happened so Keith won $200, only half the available prize as he didn't take the kick himself. Prize pool back to $100 at next home game. Next week the second round starts with grade teams are playing Gosford at the Showground, with the u19s playing Terrigal at Woongarrah. Cheers Boys!!
A full day of Rugby at the Sharkpool on Saturday, with Grade teams taking on The Lakes. First game of the day is the u8 White v Gold match, followed at 9am by the u16s v Terrigal, 10:10am u17s v Warnervale & 11:20 u19s v Kariong. Thirsty 3rds kickoff at 12:30, 2nds at 1:40 and the big game at 3pm. Looking forward to a dry day and some great Rugby, so plan to get down to Heazlett to cheer on the Sharks! Other Junior teams are at a few different locations, full draw is at http://www.rugbylink.com.au/…/publ…/rv/upcomingmatches.aspx… Good luck to all our players .. Cheers Boys!
u19s were our only Senior match today, taking on Woy Woy -
a team they had a big win over last time around. This was a much closer game, with frustrated coach and players when half time arrived and little to show apart from a big error count. A much improved second half secured the bonus point win, still not up to their best level of play, so plenty of room for improvement. All the tries were special, Will Grassby scored two real props tries, had the opportunity to convert one of them and unfortunately hit the crossbar. The location of where he took the kick is in some dispute, he is sure it was from the sideline, possibly a little infield from there! Tim Newton with quick thinking took a penalty tap and barged over for the opening try. To complete the front row try scoring Cooper Elliott returned a kickoff and raced away about 120 metres through 18 defenders to score an amazing solo try (like Will, possibly Coop's memory is a little clouded). The other try had Connor Jenkins finishing off smart inside play to score a great wingers try - pretty good for a man who isn't usually on the wing.Isaac Barnes had a tough time without his kicking tee and converted one of the tries to give the 27-19 final result. 1pt and players player to Cooper Elliott, 2pts Connor Jenkins, 3pts Isaiah Fairless. A general bye next week followed by Northlakes at home for the three grades, with u19s also at home v Kariong. Cheers Boys!