The Blaketown Panthers greeted Saturday with much excitement for their round robin matches. Trajun Kanara-Smith continued to be a great asset to the team and kept the pressure on all the opposition with great chasing, ripping and try scoring.
Jackson Collis and Declan Robinson both scored a try with support from their coach. Hunter Crossan played hard throughout all the games and remained focused to the end. Angelina Robinson and Larkin Edwards Donnelly had some great runs with the ball, fearlessly running through the lines of defence.
A round robin was played for the final games of the season for this grade with each team playing at least 5 ten minute games. It was great to see all teams putting in the effort throughout each game which were played at a very fast pace. For Marist Antonio Verhoeven, Will van der Geest, Sean Bain, Joshua Robbins and Griffin Thomas all did well on attack picking up tries. Ruby Rae-Wood, Cullam Moles, Max Welsford and Isaiah Sheehan-Priest got stuck in and defended well. Joshua Costello was also involved in play.
Marist v Blaketown
After an initial slow start where Marist scored the opening try, the Blaketown forward pack started to take control of the game clearing the rucks and mauls giving clean ball to the backs. The team played their best rugby of the season by far in the first half and went into the half time break with a 10 point buffer.
Marist had to stage a big comeback to claim the under 10 final against Blaketown, being down 10-20 at half time but managed to find their ‘A’ game and score 6 unanswered tries, eventually running out the winners 40-20. In the second half the Blaketown’s structure started to fade and let the Marist forward pack dominate the contact area
Blaketown used the strength of Riley Pascoe well in the first half and they put together some awesome tries.
Marist’s forwards, led by Geordie Gibson and Harry Robb turned over some good ball whilst Riley Fairhall made some big runs around the paddock. Mikaere Whitcombe did well to recover from a nasty knee injury and Rem Thompson, Sam Welsford and winger turned lock Mero Williams shut their opposition down.
The backs scored all of Marist’s tries with Ollie Robb and Matthew Robbins both showing great individual skills – Robb crossing four times and Robbins twice. Dominic Moles carried on his top effort from last week, as did Jonathan Watts – both dotting down once also for Marist.
For Marist, Derek Chizuni was a strong link man and Mac Gibson was once again the last man standing in the defensive line, nailing some superb tackles.
Well done to both teams for putting on an excellent display of rugby as they have done all year and giving all the supporters a lot to cheer about.
Wests v Blaketown
Blaketown and Wests took to the final after winning a game a piece during the round robin. Blaketown started strongly taking an early lead but were unable to maintain their momentum as they let in some tries through poor tackling. Wests took a solid into halftime. Blaketown fought hard in a more even second half but unfortunate were out enthused on attack and defence. For Blaketown, Angus Gilbertson and Keeley Sexton had strong games in the forwards, consistently getting over the advantage line on attack. Teighan Heney played her best game of the season at halfback while Eve Findlay, Levi Pascoe and Jack Skipper all had good runs but the team couldn’t find the gaps in Wests defence. Wests running out eventual winners 41-22.
Wests v Marist
With some impressive passing, tackling, & runs, as well as tries & conversions, Wests put on a brilliant display of rugby, much to the delight of the crowd as they came up against Marist at Cass Square on Saturday.
Marist played well & fought hard against Wests but their hard work was to no avail, as Wests took them out in the finals winning 57-0.
No one person could be mentioned in this game as the whole team played exceptionally well, playing their best game of the season.
Player of the day for Wests went to Anaru Tainui.
Wests v Marist
Marist showed guts and determination in their game against Wests in the finals at Cass Square. Wests were the well drilled team wining 62 – 10 but Marist never gave up.
The game was enjoyed by the spectators as it had a bit of everything. Marist working hard on defence with some hard hits going in by Lopeti Langi, Ben Whitmore, Paddy Davison and Camron Lawton.
Nuku Langi and James Kennedy both having strong games and stopping trys from being scored. Captain Baylee Kersten led from the front and Riley Coleman showed off his side stepping moves and strong
attacking play scoring two tries.
Sam Stone, Cameron Carter-Foster and Cody Thomas also impressed and covered the whole field. Marist had their lineouts working well getting great height and ball.
Marist was awarded with a trophy and silver medals.