8/4/16 @ The Ridge
The sun was setting as we arrived at The Ridge and the temperature was perfect for an Autumn game of rugby.
Aiden opened proceedings with a try in the first few minutes, catching Sylvania’s defence napping. Riley was next with a break away run for half the field, but ran out over the sideline in the excitement. Sylvania then responded in earnest, but Lachlan and Xavier had their measure in defence and pushed them over the sideline to save a try.
Both teams then settled down into a fairly equally matched battle of skill. There was an amazing sequence of about eight phases from Burra, with nearly everyone playing a part or having a run with the ball. Xavier provided the glory for the team effort with a well earned try. Sylvania were quick to respond with a break away try, but our newbie Charlie Degnan countered with a try for Burra to even things up.
Ollie was determined in defence and did a great clean-out for Dylan to pick up the ball and make good ground before sending Sasha over the line. The great team work continued with a spectacular pass by another newbie Jack Tomson, then Charlie D making some good ground, followed by Dylan, then Jack T joined in again to finish what he started and seal the try.
The second half saw Sylvania sneak in a couple of early tries while the team settled into their rhythm. Luke woke them up with a bullet pass across field to send Riley in for a try on the left wing. Caylem wowed the crowd with a try saving tackle, generating a changeover for Lachlan to score after running half the field with a limp. There were many try saving tackles in defence, but the most memorable were from Sasha and Xavier who each took turns in bringing down Sylvania’s two biggest players. Xavier was also rewarded for his effort with two tries added to his stats.
The game as a whole was impressive to watch, with every single player doing their bit to see the team over the line. It was under lights and I was looking into them, trying to read shirt numbers and work out who was who with their new headgear on, so although I have not named everyone in the report, they all did an amazing job, and their improvement on last year with their passing and teamwork is notable. I know we don’t keep score in minis, but from a very close ‘tit for tat’ game, it was nice to see Burra Blue come out in front with an 8-6 win for their effort. Looking forward to a fun season to come…
Player of the Match: Charlie Degnan
CrusherAward: Xavier Gordon