COLTS REPORT versus EASTWOOD
Certainly no Easter eggs for First and Third Colts but plenty of chocolate for the Seconds !
FIRST GRADE COLTS
EASTWOOD 34 defeated EASTS 26
It’s difficult to know where to start as this was a very poor performance by our first grade side …one of our worst for many a day that left everyone extremely disappointed. This was a game that was there for the taking but we were a long way away from landing the knockout blow, especially in the second term.
Eastwood took an early lead with a penalty goal and then Easts seemed to be moving into their work nicely and before 20 minutes ran in 2 converted tries (by Jayden Wright and Charlie Cooper) to lead by 14 to 3 but then things started to unravel .
Eastwood hit straight back with a converted try before Easts responded with no.8 Jack Lamph scoring adjacent to the posts for Easts to lead 21 to 10 and just 5 minutes before oranges Eastwood managed to get on the outside of the Easts defence and score and we went to halftime clinging to a 21 to 15 lead
This lead evaporated just 6 minutes into second term when Eastwood were over for another converted try and Easts game started to fall away with a lot of fundamental errors that will leave the coaches having nightmares. Easts final score came midway through the second term when Lamph , Easts best was over for his second try but by then Eastwood were finishing the stronger and they added 2 more tries to run out 34 to 26 victors.
The one positive however was the return after a year’s absence of Tom Hill..he has worked so hard on his rehabilitation from a crippling shoulder injury and his powerful first 20 minutes should be a an inspiration to all.
So much to do in preparation for the Manly clash this week
SECOND GRADE COLTS
EASTS 29 defeated EASTWOOD 25
This game was in the balance right up to the final whistle… with time up Eastwood had been camped on the Easts line for a good 4 minutes and wave after wave of attack was repelled but some outstanding Easts defence and with no-side signalled Eastwood were held up over the line.
With both sides coming into the game unbeaten it did not begin well at all with Eastwood all over Easts in the first spell playing the much more enterprising football to lead 20 to 5 at the break. The way things looked it was going to take a huge form reversal in the second stanza for Easts to mount any sort of challenge. However the oranges must have had the right rocket fuel as East came out a far different side
9 minutes in and promising second rower Will Nicholls finished off a powerful forward rush for a converted try and shortly after five-eight James Coppola got outside his man to score and Easts were just 3 points adrift at 20 to 17 and finishing the stronger. With 10 remaining Easts hit the front after a thrilling interchange of passing which saw promising centre Angus Brown score and it was converted and Easts were in front for the first time at 24 to 20.
It was now game on an sure enough it was Eastwood who lifted and scored an unconverted try to lead 25 to 24.
With the clock ticking down the ball went down the short side and winger Josh Pele was over wide out for his second try ..29 to 25 Easts
Then it was every man to the pumps as Easts had to defend for their lives which they did under enormous pressure to maintain their unbeaten record
THIRD GRADE COLTS
EASTWOOD 43 defeated EASTS 12
There weren't many highlights for Easts Fans in a tough game at TG Millner Field.
The game started well when clever halfback Jake O’Brien dummied off the back of a ruck on the Eastwood line and dived over untouched. With the conversion is was 7 nil and Easts were looking good.
Easts look good in patches when they retained the ball but Eastwood brought their A game and outmuscled Easts at the breakdown. Eastwood maintained their own ball and bullied Easts at their rucks resulting in multiple turnovers and fractured pill for Easts at other times.
The score was 18 to seven when Brett Kelly-Wirth sparked the Easts supporter hopes with a movement which started in the North East corner and ended with a try in the South West corner.
Unfortunately, that was the end of the scoring as far as Easts were concerned. Eastwood continued to apply pressure and their superior size and commitment gave them a comfortable win.
THE EASTERN TOUCHLINER