COLTS REPORT versus NORTHS
This was the weekend we have been looking for since the season began…wins for all 4 Colts teams at McKay Fields in Centennial Park.
FIRST GRADE COLTS
EASTS 36 defeated NORTHS 8
This was a win we had to have and the Firsts delivered in empathic style with their best performance of the year.
They went ahead in the 12th minute through a bustling try to big centre James Hawkins and from then on were never headed.
The team were playing to their patterns in both attack and defence and it wasn’t long before full back Jayden Wright was over after swift hands along the backline and just before oranges the forwards rumbled away and No.8 Jack Lamph was over for Easts third try and a 17 to 3 lead at the break.
Easts were firmly in control across the park and it wasn’t long before left winger Dylan Luisi finished off a thrilling backline move to score wide out.
Centre Henry Patterson was next in the action with a lovely solo try jinking his way over from 25 meters out and Easts were well and truly home leading 29 to 3.
Rather disappointingly Norths grabbed their only try late in the game but then right on full time after some excellent interchange between backs and forwards replacement half-back Harry Doyle finished it off with his first try in the top grade.
All in all a very satisfactory performance but we must keep to this standard and beyond if we are to make an impression on the competition
SECOND GRADE COLTS
EASTS 28 defeated NORTHS 17
This was probably closer than the coaches would have preferred but Easts always seemed to have the match in their keeping against the previously undefeated Norths. The score was 12 -10 to Easts at the break but deep in the second half Easts were out to 28 to 10 and in the process securing a 4 try bonus point.
No. 8 Lu Jones lead the way in a hardworking pack were everyone put in a strong shift and towards the end it was pleasing to see some promising replacements get a run
THIRD GRADE COLTS
EASTS 48 defeated NORTHS 0
After an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Randwick last week. The 3rds responded in the most emphatic way possible with a 48 to nil victory.
One of the keys to the success on the field was the work defence coach Adam Elford’s undertook with the team last week. Better on field communication and focus on structure in defence enabled Easts to keep Norths nude.
Easts didn’t have it all their way and were on the wrong end of a very lopsided penalty account which at times left those on the sideline perplexed. The strong forward work at set piece kept the team in the game. Easts won 7 of North Lineouts and took 7 heads.
With a dominant pack driven by Moff Maloney, Easts enjoyed a surfeit of quality ball. Captain Negus led from the front with an ascendant performance lighting up the back line scoring two tries himself in an 8 try fest. Easts showed the full benefit of using the width of the field with Lamens on one wing scoring a hat trick and Kelly Wirth helping himself to a meaty.
After an early season hiccough Easts are back on track. The challenge for the coaches to ensure a continuing improvement and to keep complacency out of the game.
FOURTH GRADE COLTS
EASTS 60 defeated OATLEY 0
The mighty 4ths playing in the prestigious RADFORD CUP competition got the day underway in spectacular fashion with a crushing victory.
Coach John Scanlon was most impressed with the performance where all the boys stood up running in 10 tries. Prop Toby Hopper just back from injury lead the way with a hat trick all scored in the first term while Sam Rowland-Jones from the valleys of Wales scored a double along with fullback Ben Doyle.
Five-Eight Jakobi Robinson controlled the game expertly while No.8 Ethan Patete and Harry Tate ( son of Michael ) were willing performers in the engine room.
THE EASTERN TOUCHLINER