Players selected for Group 10 sides

Luke Banks on the run for the St Raphael’s Russell Richardson Cup team last week.A big congratulations to all those players who have been selected in Group 10 sides.
Nanjing Night Net

They are:

U12 – Hayden Mullins

U13 – Josh Cannard, Noah Ryan and Matt Wilkinson

U14 – Jake Pollard and Joe Coady

U15 – Jai Doolan

UNDER 6

Kangaroos – Sun gleaming and the football was sparkling. Harry and Jaxon topping the tackle count. Two tries to Cohan. Seth, Nat, Toby and Jake with some spectacular runs pleasing the packed grandstand. Well done. Harry Beale man of the match.

Colts – all boys played well. Good to see some new players to the side. James got player of the match. Bears – all boys had a great game. Mack Zac and Danny made some great runs. Tyrone Jack and Jett were great at defence. Man of the match went to Mack Thompson.

UNDER 8

Colts – Great tackling defence by all, with Cameron Murray displaying persistent cover defence. A hard running first try by David Simms followed by a conversion. Good running and hit-ups by Joe Broad. Jack Bryant showed great enthusiasm. A hard game, but great heart and sportsmanship shown by all players. Well Done. Player of the week went to newcomer Calhum Henry, welcome to the team.

Under 10

Bears – well done boys. The Banks brothers were on fire today, Mackie and Leroy were in amongst it with Charlie tackling everything that moved. Izzac pushed through tackles like a steam train and Mathew Russell was player of the match.

Colts – Our second game of the season saw much improved defence. Excellent tackling by Zac, Joel Bailey and Mikey. Aiden scored an excellent sneaky try while Hugh and Loui showed great speed in attack. Bailey Beale got man of the match.

Wallabies – the opposition got away to an early lead with few quick tries but the boys didn’t give up and we slowly clawed our way back to the top. Nick, Stan and Tom were strong up front while Mick and Harry continually asked question of the Kangaroos’ defence. Special mention must go to our new players Nikolia and Mitch – both had strong games. Player of the week went to Nick Brown.

Kangaroos – awesome first half by the Kangaroos good leadership by Lachlan put them in good position. Strong game by Axel, Will helped hold out a second half charge by the Wallabies and Raygen put in a man of the match effort.

UNDER 12

Bears – Today the Bears were up against the Colts. The game started evenly, with both sides having a dig. Some very hard, forward running by the Bears paid off, to open some great spaces in the opposition line for the backs to drive forward and score some excellent tries. In the second half the Bears defended their line well. Very good effort by the bears, they all had a good game. Well done by all the boys, with Alex Brown going home with Player of the Day.

Colts – How good is Saturday morning footy! Our team of Colts are slowly gelling as a team, with improved performance in the second half of today’s match evident. We may not have the speed or size of our opposition, but we’ve got spirit and a never-say-die attitude to our footy which you can’t buy with any amount of money under the salary cap of Under 12 footy!

Will ‘Hayne’ Cain led by example as captain today. He scored our first try and kicked our only goal. He was massive for us today in both attack and defence. Trent ‘Dugan’ Field and Kelsey ‘Inglis’ Pollard also crossed for tries today.

More tackling practice is obviously required. Tom T. was enormous for us at fullback today. He reckons that he wants to be a prop, but with his second half performance, he should persist at the number one position for a bit longer. It’s growing on you, Tom. Glenn is gaining in confidence with every tackle and run. Max was again strong with the ball in his hands. Mitchell was moved to five-eight for today’s match, with greater speed and cohesion in the team noticeable. Matt made in-roads with his runs and made some promising tackles, something that this time last year was not part of his game. Noah was out of position a little today, but always gave his all, supporting his mates well. Tom C. has speed to burn around the rucks and is making big improvements from dummy half. Bill was hauled off mid-way through the first half for feeble tackling attempts. A much improved second half defensive display meant that he didn’t have to walk home or miss out on dinner.

Kangaroos – Really tight game throughout. The man of the match went to Will Austin. Keep your chins up boys. Training on the 16th April at 4pm. Be there if you can. Enjoy your holidays.

UNDER 13

On Saturday the Magpies u13 team travelled to Orange and took on the Bloomfield Tigers.

The game started off with a couple of mistakes before settling down, then the Magpies clicked into gear with the first try coming from a scrum play and Josh scored.

That was followed by a quick try to Tom Thuaux, a great little support play by Brodie saw him cross, followed by a great backline movement which saw the ever-present Sam Fraser cross out wide.

With one conversion to Josh and two from Noah it gave Cowra a 22-nil buffer at the break.

The second half started off the same with big strong Jack Tarrant scoring a powerful try out wide.

It was then the game got called off with twenty minutes to go because of a neck injury to one of the Bloomfield boys. He was later cleared which was a good result.

For the Magpies, Jared had his best game of the year and is growing every week, Matt Wilko is getting better combinations every week.

Tom, Noah and Sam worked hard as usual, Andy and Brodie worked well in the halves, our big centres in Davey and Jack had the Tigers defence going backwards, Zac and Jake on the wings again were spot on and Mitch Sparkes played strongly.

Our three reserves worked well in Mitch, Alex and Jacob once again gave impact of the bench.

This week’s 3 points award was given to Josh Cannard who worked hard and was too classy for the Bloomfield side. Josh also shared the players’ player award with the big hard-working Jared Burns who was great in the front row making big yards in attack. Two weeks off boys.

Thank you again parents for making the trip, especially the ones that took other boys.

Have a great Easter.

UNDER 15s

Cowra 34 defeated Bloomfield 28

Our first game for the season after the bye in round one. For this bunch of Under 15 boys, it was their first Group 10 game, having played all their young lives with Cowra Junior Rugby League in town.

They say that the way you start your match, sets you up for the rest of the game. Well from the kick-off, Cowra kicked the ball out, so it wasn’t quite the start that we were after. Bloomfield were on our line soon after, throwing the ball out wide, when out of nowhere, Jack ‘Hopoate’ Thurtell pulled off an impressive intercept, running 90 metres to cross the line and redeem himself after his misjudged kick. Our first points in Group 10 competition were soon followed up by a rampaging Tom ‘Mannah’ Statham who barged his way through the Bloomfield defence for his first try of the season. Ethan ‘Radradra’ Booker was fantastic on the wing, backing up his inside men, scoring a well rehearsed four pointer. Tom was back to his menacing best, proving unstoppable as he scored his second try.

Defence wins you matches and a big tackle that forced Bloomfield back behind their line, forced a drop-out. Jahkai ‘Tonga’ Nelligan seized the opportunity presented to him, getting over the line just before half time.

The coach was pleased with his troops at the break. “Enjoy yourselves boys,” was the theme of his address.

The 2nd half started with far too many mistakes by the Cowra boys, allowing the opposition back into the game. We had only allowed one try against us in the first half, but Bloomfield scored four tries in the second half to make it a much closer match than it probably should have been. Jack brought up his hat-trick for the game, with a strong double late. Tom converted 3 of his conversions.

Kurt ‘Norman’ Johnstone stepped up to the higher level of footy required in Rugby League, shining in both attack and defence. A worthy ‘player of the match’ performance. Jayden ‘Hayne’ Randall was great for us at fullback. Sam ‘Sio’ Hampton was safe on the wing. Jesse ‘Sandow’ Murray provided great ball at half, supplied from Kyle ‘Peats’ Bohanna at dummy half. Jackson ‘Moi Moi’ Vallely was enormous as one of our ‘bookend’ props. Anthony ‘Lussick’ Day and Sam ‘Edwards’ Dresser were strong at second row, with Toby ‘Terepo’ Apps again massive at lock. Dean ‘Allgood’ Kacarovski came off the bench with good enthusiasm.

Two weeks off now sadly due to the holidays. Then it’s home ground game number one against last year’s Under 14 premiers, the strong Orange CYMS team. Mark it in your diary. Well done boys. Thanks to our sponsors and supporters.

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