COLTS REPORT versus RANDWICK
Victories in all 3 grades was the most satisfactory result for the Colts against Randwick at this week’s home ground Queens Park.
FIRST GRADE COLTS
EASTS 34 defeated RANDWICK 20
First were never headed in a most impressive team effort. After the horrors of the previous match against Souths this was a complete turnaround with a very simple game plan perfectly executed.
The scrum dominated early and the backs were thriving on the back of an aggressive pack who were not taking a backward step and giving a steady stream of possession.
Open side flanker James Donato was hard on the ball all day and thrived on the heavy exchanges while promoted winger Ed McGeogh was full of running on the flank and scored an impressive try.
Five–eight Dan England is starting to get back to top form after such long layoff and he directed play very nicely as well as kicking a vital field goal.
The big key now will be to maintain this form on the run into the play offs as consistency has not been one of our strengths this season
SECOND GRADE COLTS
EASTS 34 defeated RANDWICK 19
This was a most eagerly awaited clash against the undefeated Randwick side and the second placed Easts and it didn’t disappoint.
Randwick dominated early with a converted try before Easts inspirational hooker Harry Todd put Easts on the board when he ran hard at the defence to score a great try to lock the scores up at 7 all.
Randwick then extended this with another try but Easts were hanging in but the second spell belonged to only one side and that was Easts.
Tries to Tom Lamens, a double to Kade Pearce and a second to Harry Todd with Nick Shannon playing at fullback adding the extras , Easts were over the hill and far away leading 31 to 12.
They are now a clear second on the competition table.
THIRD GRADE COLTS
Easts 17 Defeated Randwick 10.
Going into this game East had to turn a lot around. A first round shellacking but Randwick and a sub-par performance against cellar dwellers Southern Districts in the last round. A bunch of individual boys from the previous game became a team of men showing their true mettle in a hard-fought match at Queens Park.
Randwick started the game the way they intended to play for the entire game, Coppola was hit in the air at the kick of receipt. They paid the price for this indiscretion as Coppola put the Greens deep into their own half with a huge raking kick. From the ensuing lineout Antico expertly targeted Schiller who made a great jump at the back delivering quality off the top ball to Stewart. With time and space the back line was set alight and Pearson was over in the corner.
The euphoria of an early try was short lived as Randwick struck back when they caught Easts napping after a penalty. Taking a quick tap they spun it wide and were able to score untouched.
Easts, though, maintained their composure and control of the game. After some good work down the field Easts were awarded a penalty and Negus wisely chose to take the points moving Easts a little further away from their nemesis. 10 – 5.
Easts were quickly back on the attack and following another good throw by Antico, the backline once again swept across the field. This time though the Colts showed great control be maintaining their forward momentum for 11 phases before Pearson was able to put Pearce into the corner and Easts went into half time up 17 – 5.
With a strong second half wind Randwick attacked Easts time and time again. But were only able to add five points to their halftime score. As hard as Randwick tried they could not dent the steel of Easts resolve which was forged under fire as the game progressed.
It was Coppola who wore the Golden Slippers against Randwick this week. His long raking penalty touch finders punished Randwick’s indiscretions and his conversion of both tries and a penalty was difference on the score board between the two teams.
A well and hard earned victory for the team which set the tone for a colts Beasts Wash
FOURTH GRADE COLTS
So this week we are back by the seaside with games against Manly at Manly Oval …see you on the Ferry !!
THE EASTERN TOUCHLINER
First Grade Report
1st grade were looking to make a statement in the local derby against Randwick at Centennial Park last Saturday in a crucial game to our finals chances.
The opening exchanges were tough with both teams showing clear intent to move the football around but just when Easts defences appeared to have Randwick covered at every turn, a poor missed tackle on the Randwick left winger gifted the visitors a converted try. We were able to strike back quickly with multiple attacking raids on the Easts try line but despite receiving no fewer than four scrum penalties on the Randwick line, the match officials were not willing to award a penalty try and ultimately, Randwick got out of their end on the back of penalties at the breakdown, that were seemingly far easier to award on the day.
After a fairly even first half contest, we were confident that if we were more urgent at the breakdown and continued to apply pressure up front, Randwick were more than vulnerable. As it turned out, an early turnover through Rowan Perry saw us move the ball left inside the Wicks 22 before shifting right to #10 Archie King who took the ball forward towards the line with captain Tim Buchanan driving his playmaker over the Randwick line for an early try.
With the score at 5-7, the Beasties then produced the try of the match with fullback Will Maddocks getting on the outside of the Randwick #13 from a scrum play and managing to draw the last line of defence to give to Archie King on the inside for his second try of the match. Not long after, the forwards worked a line out set play that saw Tom Sheminant denied the try on the line because of Randwick pulling down the maul but the referee had no choice but to award a penalty try and Easts led 19-7 with less than 20 minutes remaining.
Looking to put Randwick under pressure with some very good tactical kicking from half back Jack Grant, we had the them well and truly under pressure only to see us make some crucial errors with the ball and in defence to allow them numerous opportunities to get out of danger easily. At such a critical point in the match, we took the foot off the throat whilst Randwick went 95 metres turning defence into attack and score down the other end to take it to 19-14 Easts. At this point we were unable to get any momentum back until after Randwick had posted another try to lead 21-19.
In the championship round, we were unable to get our hands on the ball in the right areas of the field and when Randwick scored again through sheer weight of possession to lead 28-19, we were left to rue the mistakes we made that changed the momentum of the game and took it away from us.
Having had genuine chances to win most games we've played so far this season, we need to be better in the critical moments in matches and this comes down to our mental toughness to execute when it really matters. Against quality opposition like Manly this Saturday, those moments will determine the end result.
Go the Beasties!
Against the wicks last week we knew it was a great opportunity to open up some breathing space on the rest of the group chasing 6th spot. Unfortunately all didn't go according to plan.
We started off much like the first game against Randwick with an early try from a driving maul. After that we pretty much spent the rest of the half trying to get out of our own end of the field. We did very well sustaining so much pressure and going in at half time at 5-5.
Unfortunately whilst we started the game like our first outing against Randwick we our second half in the same manner of our second half against southern districts. Inability to exit our half after the second half and some poor handling lead to Randwicks 2nd try. We replied quickly through James king, before Randwick added a penalty. Making the score 10-15. Randwick scored again followed by a try to Lynsey Stevens. The score was 15-22 before Randwick scored two try's in the last 8 mins to take the game away from us.