1st Grade Easts v Southern Districts W 34 - 26 Pauli Taumoepeau
We lost against Norths but I was pleased with the improvement in how we played. We won against Souths but I feel like we took a step backward – it’s a funny game. Our opening 25 minutes were pretty much exactly like the previous week. We were dominant, disciplined, physical, accurate - all of the above. Then we stopped… Souths managed three tries in 15 minutes to close what was a 17-0 deficit to make it 24 – 19 at the halftime break. The second half was full of inaccuracy of skill and decision making. Some pleasing things were a few debutants and our defensive efforts in our defending 22m area. The 5 points we get from the win is extremely important. Keeps us in the 6 with some very tough games coming up. Hope you enjoyed the wins throughout the day.
2nd Grade Easts v Southern Districts W 47 - 29 Ed Brenac
Easts started well with a try of a well executed set piece play that was supported well by backrowers Archie Gavin & George Corias who eventually crossed the paint. Easts had the run of the play and Will Maddocks was a welcome return, scoring two tries and converting from everywhere. A lapse of concentration led to a poor exit and Rebels took advantage of it to score their first. Easts hit back before Souths ran in another try. The half ended with Easts crossing the tryline one more time to lead 35-10 at the half. Easts started the 2nd half where they left off and ran in another try taking the lead to 42-10. As momentum stated to shirt, Souths made a late charge and Easts looked to the bench. Souths has the run of the play scoring another 3 tries, but it was too late. Easts win 47- 29.
3rd Grade Easts v Southern Districts W 51 - 0 Steve Shapland
A solid, disciplined performance by the team. It would have been an easy game to get tripped up sandwiched between Norths and Warringah but the boys were focused on the task at hand even before the first whistle and they carried that through to the last whistle probably for the first time all year. The most pleasing aspect of the day had to be the zero next to souths as it showed we maintained our edge on that side of the ball. Our line speed in particular stood out. We certainly left a few points out there with some poor skill execution in the second half but there were a couple of cracking tries that showed we definitely have the skill in us to put some points on the board. Building nicely for a big couple of game before the bye.
4th Grade Easts v Southern Districts W 19 - 11 Stuart Brown
A tough grinding win by the team today. A few errors let the opposition out of jail a number of times but cool heads and some great defense etched out the win. An 80 metre chase after an intercept by James Coppola the highlight of the game. Well done to all. Onwards.
5th Grade Easts v Colleagues W 10 - 7 Zaxian Goode
With both Clarrie Moore and Rowan Perry added to the team, the boys were pretty excited and a little complacent. Colleagues started off very strongly with some great defence and continuous disruption of our rucks. Eventually we scored a try with Clarrie Moore running 60 meters down the sideline to score. The second half began much the same and Colleagues this time were able to capitalise and get an early try. From there it was a bit of a stalemate where the boys were trying to score from every opportunity. The last play of the game resulted in a penalty to Easts 22 meters out and in front. Up stepped Jake Tierney to kick the goal and win the game. Final score Easts 10 Colleagues 7.