Match Reports Vs Eastwood 21.05.16
1st Grade Match Report
2nd Grade Match Report
3rd Grade Match Report
4th Grade Match Report
1st Colts Match Report
The highly anticipated Eastwood V Stags game was a hard fought win for the lads, but none the less a W. The first half was hotly contested with both sides looking to attack outside with the ball in hand, and thanks to some crisp passing in the back line, the mighty stags were able to notch up a few meat pies to take a lead. However, late in to the second half, the woods surged a come back, scoring off the back of a few scrappy mistakes made by the Gordon boys, which brought the scores within 10 at the half time break. The woods continued their momentum into the second half, scoring the back to back tries to eventually take the lead with about 14 minutes to go. This left enormous pressure in the hands of Steve “Mr steal your girl” Kirkby, who bounced over the line for another try under the belt, just nudging the stags out in front. However, Eastwood made their way back down the pitch and were able to snake a cheeky penalty goal to take the lead by a near 2 points, but with true stag style, the boys fought their way back down the field and with a stylish pilfer by Nic Burkett, it was left to James Dainton to notch over a penalty goal on the last play of the game to bring it home for the stagnation
2nd Colts Match Report
After an impressive performance against Parramatta, a 2nds colts side who were bearing a different team to the week before due to injuries were looking to build on there performance against an inform Eastwood side. A promising start for the stags with repeated phases on Eastwood 22 meter line, which was met from solid defense gave of the impression that it was going to be a tightly contested match between the two sides. Although Gordon undid there initial good work through careless passing, lack luster defense and next to no intensity which saw Eastwood gain all the momentum scoring 3 converted tries within the 25 minute mark, into which was made worse with another try behind added onto the total with 5 minutes left on the board.
Half time- 26-0 to Eastwood
The second half started in the same fashion that the first half had finished, with Gordon’s defense being unable to stop Eastwoods front foot ball, resulting in 2 tries within the first 15 minutes of the half leading to the score moving to 40-0. Although the stags were able to wrestle back the momentum through building phases and applying consistent pressure to the Eastwood defensive line which saw Simon Purcell crash over for 2 tries one of the back of a well constructed rolling maul and another from short distance. This was later followed by a death kick into the Eastwood In-Goal, which saw the stags flyer Sammy Frankham score a pearlier of a try which saw the score move to 40-17. The remainder of the game was mediocre at best, with Eastwood having the last laugh scoring a converted try, whilst Gordon Unfortunately were unable to score a fourth try to receive a crucial bonus point.
Final score 47-17
With the seconds colts still tied firsts on the ladder with Sydney University and Randwick, they will be looking to bounce back against Uni this weekend with the assistance of a group of returning players and ensure they remain at the top of the table.
3rd Colts Match Report
After an inconsistent season, 3rds colts where looking to back up a great win against Parramatta with another good performance. However, there were a number of personnel changes to the team as a result of an injury crisis across the club. Only half of the team that played Parramatta fronted up again against Eastwood.
The first half began with both teams engaged in a territorial battle. Both #10’s found good field position, and the scores where deadlocked after 10 minutes. However, it was Eastwood who took advantage of their territory with two quick tries shortly after through breaks out wide. They managed to find the whitewash again before halftime to take a 17-0 lead into the sheds.
After oranges, Gordon managed to tighten their defense and spent some time attacking the Eastwood line. However they were unable to capitalize, and Eastwood punished them with another try. The next 15 minutes resulted in a lot of scrum restarts with neither team being able to find any momentum. After holding strong for the majority of the second half, the Stags defense leaked another two tries very late in the game, with Eastwood’s offloading game proving too much to handle.
Overall, the result was very disappointing however the effort of the boys could not be questioned. With so many new faces and limited preparation, it was always going to be a tough ask against a strong Eastwood side, but many of the new players put their bodies on the line for the team. The red jersey went to #7 Bennette Jiang for his yellow card in the first half.
4th Colts Match Report
4th Colts did not play