03 Apr Premiers beaten
First grade had captain Dan Penca and half Mitch Douch missing but replacement captain and half Daniel Hawke was amongst the best in a 30-15 win against the 2015 premiers. Back rower OJ Noa was the stand out with fellow flankers Ryan Jones and Michael Wells all contributing to the victory at Phillip District.
Noa coming off the back of pre-season training with the Brumbies looked a lot sharper and more involved while the work rate of Jones was significant in pressuring the opposition. Brumby Wells added another dimension in breaking the line and being a Mr. Everywhere man.
Seconds looked the complete outfit under the guidance of Zac Tarrant as they maintained their momentum from last year’s premiership winning 25-5. It was a good mix of personnel with lock Josh Townsend shifting up a gear and the addition of the Jindabyne journeyman David Akkersdvk to round them off.
Colts were still in the starting blocks with Royals hitting their stride from the whistle and jumping to a big lead. What was on show was the second year Colts of Royals versus the first year Colts of the Whites. There is plenty of talent in the under 20’s and with a more strategic kicking game and a few games together the side will be in the mix.
Only five players from last year’s third grade premiership side played against Hall and the lack of experience showed with the Bushrangers whacking the Whites 39-12 at Hall. Fourths looked like a Colts number two side but they toughed it out to win 19-10 thanks again to the smarts of Luke Cochrane.
For thirds there were few bright spots with Daniel Jancevski, Tom Luic and Ivan Fifita showing their worth. Coach Craig Freeman will be seeking out some experience to bolster the team with a couple of fourth graders expected to get the call up.
You could not go past returning centre Jack Edwards and fullback or five eighth Hugo Mahoney. With a few more games under his belt Mahoney will be in Colts. Another who deserves plenty of attention from the selectors is Zac Burns. He is one tough rooster and a player Colts coach Grumps could get to love.
Next week first to colts play Gungahlin at Nicholls and thirds and fourths play ADFA at the same venue. Third grade will be at 12.15pm and fourth grade at 10.55am.