1st grade got off to a flyer at Cranbrook's Hordern Oval last Saturday against an Eastwood side with plenty of experiene. Having worked to good field position early on, the forwards laid a great platform for the backline to score adjacent to the posts off a well worked first phase play. Shortly after, the back line attacked the far side of the field and Joe Pincus was again the scorer of some accurate passing from Archie King and Mack Mason inside. Unfortunately, penalties and errors in possession cost us dearly with Eastwood capitalising twice to go to a 14-12 lead.
Ted Pye on debut then finished off some nice attack down the short side to take the Beasties out to a 19-14 lead. Eastwood bounced back though after a tough referee call that went against us in counter attack and then caught us asleep from the ensuing kick off, ultimately adding 8 points to their total just before half time and taking the score to 27-19 Eastwood after 40 minutes.
Whilst we were determined to start the second half just like the first, it was Eastwood who took control early, scoring a try out wide after some inaccurate defence from the home team. Down 19-32, our boys rallied again and when Joe Pincus crossed for his 3rd first phase try of the match, the difference was six points and the game was starting to swing back to the Beasties. With opportunities to launch a telling assault on the Eastwood line, we once again came up with some errors in possession that relieved pressure for an Eastwood side that were used to winning the tight games. In the dying minutes, we let ourselves down allowing Eastwood an easy passage into our end of the field through a penalty infringement and they capitalised with a try out wide that was again as much our poor defensive read, rather than great attack from them. This took the margin out to 37-26 and so ended a game that was full of What ifs?
There is resolve in the squad to stick to our processes despite not getting results against Uni and Eastwood that were well within our grasp. Manly are performing well so we are very excited about the next challenge thats awaits us at Manly Oval this Saturday.
Easts 2nd grade played the proverbial game of two halves last weekend. Beasties completely controlled the first half of there encounter at cranbrook school. After weather an early storm only conceding three points, was SARS took control of the half with a converted try to Lynsey Stevens followed by 2 penalty fowls from Will Maddocks to lead 13-3 at half time. Second half was a a different story however with easts struggling to build phases or pressure and in turn spent most of the half in defence. Easts conceded 20 unanswered points to end up losing 13-23
After a tough fought win the previous week we were looking to build on that with a win on home soil against the Woodies
A few personnel changes too, with a few blokes dropping down from 2nd’s, could only help our cause
We started the game positively, retaining possession well and defending well
After 5 minutes and some good lead-up play Rhys Corbishley was able to slice through the defence and score under the posts, conversion successful by Rory McGahan – Easts 7-0
Eastwood came straight at us and after dominating the territory for the next period were able to score via a well-executed backline play to level the scores at 7-7
For the next 10 mins it was a tough battle
From an Eastwood clearing kick we were able to counter attack and with some short skilful passes in traffic were able to score next to the posts via Henry Holden, which was converted to give us the lead 14-7
3 minutes later though with play down our end Eastwood put a grubber through & were able to regather and score under the posts to level the scores once again.
A penalty goal on half-time by Rory McGahan saw us go to the break leading 17-14
The second half saw us gain some good early possession via Eastwood penalties and from one of these a smart quick tap by Nathan Lennan led to a breakdown 10 metres out. The ball was then given to Othello Heka who carried 3 defenders over the line to score – 22-14
Eastwood were again able to hit back, eventually scoring to make the score 22-21
From here we went into a bit of a defensive shell and Eastwood threw raid after raid at us, but to no avail
Our defence held strong and we were able to hold on for a well fought win – 22-21
On a beautiful sunny day at Cranbrook we were looking to make an impression in our first ‘home ‘ game of the season
Once again though we started poorly and Eastwood scored early, 7-0
Some strong raids by us were promising but the last pass let us down on a few occasions, and Eastwood capitalised
They went on to score 3 more tries in the first half to go into the break leading 24-0
While not an impossible task, coming back from this deficit would be tough, and it was certainly made tougher after Eastwood scored in the first 2 minutes of the second half, 31-0
Finally through some good attacking play and support we eventually scored, 31-5
This would unfortunately be our only points in the match
With our defence letting us down right across the park we let in try after try from here
Eastwood were simply more committed and eventually won 62-5
Certainly not the result we were after. Onwards & upwards from here