COLTS REPORT versus GORDON
Third and Fourths Colts had great victories while Firsts and Seconds just didn’t perform on a wet Friday evening.
FIRST GRADE COLTS
GORDON 15 defeated Easts 12
Probably the less said about this disappointing performance the better…half way through the first half the lights went out at Chatswood Oval and it may have been better if they stayed extinguished
Conditions were slippery after the constant rain in the seconds match so it was always going to be a low scoring arm wrestle. The only score in the first spell was an intercept try to five-eight Nick Shannon who ran 80 meters to score under the posts and converted the try himself for Easts to lead 7 nil at the break
Fifteen minutes into the second half hooker Dylan Woods made a thrilling break which lead to centre Henry Patterson scoring and Easts were out to a 12 nil advantage . Then it all started to unravel with Gordon scoring two tries , one of which was converted and a draw seemed appropriate , Gordon with only minutes left kicked a long range penalty goal to sink Easts. Our game deteriorated in the second half and only once did we threaten the enemy line. Fulltime could not have come quick enough.
We must get back on track quickly before the competition table becomes a bridge too far
SECOND GRADE COLTS
GORDON 17 defeated EASTS 8
A wet Chatswood Oval welcomed Easts 2nd grade colts on Friday night unfortunately the Rugby played by Easts did not improve the mood of the night!!
Although Easts led early through a Felix Studdy try..the Gordon forward pack dominated there opposition 8 and ran out winners 17 - 8.
Some hard work needed for the team this week.
The only pleasing aspect of the rain soaked night was the debut of full back Matt McTaggart ( son of Mick) who returned to the playing field after a long recovery from injury.
THIRD GRADE COLTS
EASTS 7 defeated GORDON 0
Colts 3 got to kick off Easts third day of rugby for the weekend. Chatswood Oval seems to attract the rain for Easts matches and the tradition continued Sunday.
It was a dour struggle for Easts with the only try of the game being scored in the 14th minute by lineout supremo Ben Horton, who crashed over for a try in the South-Western corner.
The pack, led by Moff Maloney, was dynamic in defence with Kurt Stevens showing the way with some punishing tackles. Keeping the opposition nude for the second week in a row was music the ears of defensive coach Adam Elford. Horton continued his strong play in the lineout winning quality ball and continually disrupting opposition lineouts.
The game moved from end to end with no team able to assert itself on the other. After converting from a difficult position in the first half. fullback Coppola was not able to add a 7-point buffer late in the game when missed a shot from a similar position.
Gordon might have pulled a rabbit out of the hat when they managed to cross the line just before fulltime, but were denied a try by the referee who was unsighted.
Poor option taking at times cost Easts with players doing great work to break the line and then losing patience and pushing passes when taking the tackle would have been the better option. The passing game definitely needs to be a work-on for the coaches with misdirected passes to men in the open resulted in many missed opportunities.
Winning the tight ones can define a team and this one was certainly tight. Easts moved back into the top 6 with this victory and are continuing to build.
FOURTH GRADE COLTS
EASTS 36 defeated PETERSHAM 17
In the most bizarre and entertaining game of the year Easts overcame a 40 to 10 penalty count at the picturesque Camperdown Oval.
Easts once again demonstrated the benefit of the hard work they have been putting in on training paddock with a controlled demolition of Petersham. Easts scored 6 tries to 3 despite having to defend for large part of the game.
Tate Kemeny continued his good form showing excellent mobility and commitment to the ball, scoring 2 tries which bookended the game. Ben Doyle was a standout at fullback and snagged some meat.
Jack Pearson was having so much fun at 10 he declined the offer to move to his preferred 9 position at half time. Sam Rowland-Jones , who was well fed Pearson, overcame a pre-game knock to the nether regions and a second during the game to score a hat trick. The solid Welshman knows how to find the line, the new Jamie Roberts perhaps ?? In a throwback to the glory years he plays in shorts that are longer than Charlie Crittle’s used to be !!
Nick Carruthers was very solid in attack and defence and Ned Crerar had some good carries in the second half after he suppressed his penchant for the centre kick
The pack played strongly as a unit and it was hard to single out anyone for a special mention, Cheung and Patete continued their excellent form.
The quirky referee added to the entertainment with his on field directions. The extravagance of the referee led one lark to quip that he was the Billy Bowden of rugby. The highlight coming in the last 10 seconds of game when the Petersham captain, who had earlier left the field with a mystery illness speculated to be anywhere from the flu to pregnancy before returning, questioned whether, having penalised Easts 40 times, as to whether he even had any cards in his pocket. The referee’s response was to show the captain a yellow card and insist that he buy his team a slab, apparently, the traditional Petersham team penance for back chatting the referee.
The game was played in a wonderful spirit by both sides with friendly banter both on and off the field and good inter team bonding at the completion.
This week we are becoming the modern day Blaxland , Lawson and Wentworth for the trek to the foot of the Blue Mountains to take on Penrith…see you there !!
THE EASTERN TOUCHLINER