07 Apr Good Godd
Whites five eighth Will Goddard was best on field as his team went down to University-Norths 23-40 at Campese Oval with the Owls claiming the Pat Matthews Cup. Both clubs have now won the cup five times.
Reserve grade managed a 24-all draw after trailing for all but the opening minutes, colts won 22-7, thirds lost 14-17 and fourths had the club’s first win of the season 38-29.
Goddard was sharp in attack and resolute in defence. He broke the line and allowed his backs to sing with Levi Clark scoring two in the first half to give the Whites a 15-7 advantage.
Then the scrum woes set in with the Owls completely dominating and earning repeated infringements with the eventual penalty try coming. Uni played a simple straight forward game with the forwards banging it up and up some more until the backs had space.
Winger Clark scored his third try to bring the home side to 23-26 before the toll of tackling gave the Owls a flying finish.
Goddard was very good and debutante lock Zeph Tuinona was in everything as he threw his frame into the fray.
Captain Ryan Jones was next best with a captain’s knock and enthusiasm to keep the side going.
Reserve grade fullback Angus Balmaks was the pick of Dave Carter’s team and the fightback from 12-24 just after the break.
Winger Elijah Chadwick destroyed the Owls with several of his signature bruising busts. He scored for Ben O’Halloran to convert to get the 24-all and then Ben Gordon stepped up to seal the game with a penalty but missed to the right.
Thirds had a yo-yo affair with the game moving from end to the other at rapid pace. Coach Luke Cochrane must be a happier man with many old faces such Ash Crivci , Sam Bartholomeusz, Jack Rowe, Josh Bell and Jason Wirangi back on deck. With some trainings under their belt the side will hit their straps.
Colts had No 8 Davea Teoteo dominating followed by Kane Kilmister and Wyll Holland. Fullback Haloti Fonua was also impressive in a game which was stop-start.
Fourths fielded the smallest front rower in history with a 30 kilo Will Truscott stepping up and doing himself proud. Another mighty mouse, Aaron Robinson, was also a handful at fullback. Newcomer Liam Lenahan is a valuable addition and each week five eighth Adam Priest is getting better. With some confidence he will be playing higher. It helps to have a few old heads like Tom G. Darmody and Dan Hawke to guide the side.