The Snowy River Painting Under 7s had their first game together, playing the Tuggeranong Knights. They were fast and elusive. They never gave up and all players played very well. There were strong runs from Jack McPherson, Mason Turner and the Inskip twins. The Colts ‘Tacklers’ were lead by a very animated Charlie Fleming, showing the way. He was well supported by Cameron Filtness and Lee Morgan. Other newcomers that tried very hard were Louis Mould, Amber Threadgate, and Tom Russell. All players went well.
The first game of the year saw the under 8 Colts face Queanbeyan, going down in a hard fought game that all the players gave 100 per cent. Barrett Bannon in his first game made some good runs and good passes when he played dummy half. Adam Constance and Talon Kelly showed they lost no speed or skill in attack or defence from last year, with both making good long runs and try-saving tackles. two other new players, Marcus Riley and Jake Maddrell certainly showed a lot of enthusiasm getting involved with strong running and nice low tackles. Lachlan Hemphill also in his first game showed he’s got a good step and swerve with some incisive runs. Brock Freeburn was a handful all game, running with a lot of vigour and outstanding defence. James Bannon led the team around the field like a pro from halfback and his defence at times was also excellent, saving a couple of tries. Kristain Zusak played dummy half and his passing was great and made some good runs. Kayla Fleming, also in her first game, was amongst the strongest runners in the game and very enthusiastic in defence. Overall an excellent performance to start the year.
McDonalds Awards: Marcus Riley and Jake Maddrell. Player of the week Kayla Fleming.
The Paul Dyball Builders under 9s played Tuggeranong. With Danial Watts, James Dyball, Hudson Laird and Ryan Harmer being the only boys having played together before, the team faced a tough task coming up against a very well-drilled Tuggeranong side. After being ruled out with injury all last season, Clinton Filtness showed a courageous comeback. Jake Galvin showed some blistering speed in both attack and defence with Jesse Eljuga and Hudson Laird making valuable metres. Campbell Wenban and James Dybyall were the teams big front men with James crashing over from dummy half to score Cooma’s only try of the day. Kicking off after half time must have given Shaye Jack some confidence as he followed it up with some great defence. Lachlan McGufficke showed he was a tackling machine and was backed up well by Darcy Clark, Braith Fitzgerald, Bevan Tidboald and Ryan Harmer. With a bit more game time together these boys are going to show some great improvement. Final score 4 – 48.
The Sports Power under 10s travelled to take on the Woden Weston Rams in the first round. The boys were impressive and showed a lot of team work with some fabulous tackles and quick passing which included all players. They crossed the line first and never looked back with Noah Saddler’s four tries and one goal, Nic Zusak three tries, Alec Miners two tries, Tyler Rees one try, Jordan McLeod one try and one goal and a goal each to James McGufficke and Will Cahill. Points this week went to Noah Saddler 3, Nic Zusak 2 and Tyler Rees 1. Coaches award for the week went to Lachlan Baker.
Unfortunately for the Byland Building under 11s, the opposition forfeited.
South East Printing under 12 Cooma Colt’s played North Canberra Bears on Sunday winning the match 34-4. The nerves showed in the boys as they were very slow to start. James Cahill sprinted to score the first try with Cooper Swan’s conversion unsuccessful. Lachlan Inskip scooped up the ball and ran the length of the field to score the second try with Thomas Hain converting. Good runs by Dylan Elton and Jack Reid that helped Bill Zammit score a try with James Cahill converting. Tim Bottom and Lachlan Jones showed great enthusiasm for their first game of the year with us. Andrew Pearce and Josh Dwyer-Gersak made some great tackles throughout the whole game. In the second half, Lachlan Inskip scored another two tries with one conversion and Luke Day also scored another try with Jarrod Jeszceznko’s conversion unsuccessful. The player of week was Luke Day.
The Frank’s Butcher under 13s travelled to Gordon to play Tuggeranong Knights. The first game of the season saw the boys play exceptional football. The Colts forward pack of Alex Swan, Kane Trent-Smith, Will Shingles, Matthew Robinson, Blake Thomas and Jordan Kodhr proved too strong in defence only allowing two tries in.
The back line led by Patrick Connelly and Zac Saddler saw the ball moving through the back line. Jake Hedger kicked through twice for Declan Gregory to pick up and score a great try. Zac Saddler and Jake Hedger both scored hat tricks. Alex Swan scored a solo try for the forwards and other backs, Declan and Tim Gregory, Matthew Chelin, James Walker played well with their supporting play. Players’ player went to Jake Hedger.
The Monaro Panel Beaters under 14s played against West Belconnen. The early start saw the boys looking less than enthusiastic during the warm up but when the whistle blew for game time the boys switched on and made the most of their chances against a much bigger side.
An early try by the Westies saw a change in attitude and some strong running from Sellars, Walker and Wenban, created perfect field position for Fanning to weave his magic and score untouched. At six points all, it was game on. Another attacking raid and some great lead up work from Keegan-Bull, Rosten, allowed Freebody and Hayden to set up Fanning again who showed the defence up with some great footwork and scored near the posts and the Colts hit the front.
After a period of try for try the Colts went to the sheds 22-18 up after a huge run and some lightning quick pace from Keegan-Bull, and great kick chasing from Russell who scored in the corner. The crowd and coach were sensing an upset against last year’s semi-finalists.
After oranges the boys soldiered on and despite two soft tries from the Westies, were still in touch and some huge defence from Bowerman, Power and Williams kept the game poised for a big finish. A very dubious try where the ball was bounced in the corner by Westies saw the balance of the game change and the heat and fatigue saw some bad options taken by the Colts allowing two very soft tries to be scored near the end of the game.
Final score was 40-22 to West Belconnen.
Although the boys were beaten on the scoreboard it was a very solid hit out and with some match fitness and settling into new combinations, a very positive start to the year. Best and Fairest points went to Tyler Fanning, Alex Rosten and Man of the Match honours went to the debutant Jacob Wenban.
The Australian Hotel under 15s travelled to play Woden Weston Blue on Sunday. The first game of the 2012 season saw the end result 54 – 4 to Woden Weston. Player of the match was awarded to Daniel Hopkins and encouragement goes to Jackson Reed. It’s good to see returning players from last year and welcome Luke, Corey and Jeremy to the team. All played very well and looking forward to a great season.
The Service One Members Banking Colts under 16s travelled to Greenway to take on the Valley Dragons White team for the first time this season. The Colt’s started with great enthusiasm but soon found that if they train with errors those errors creep into the game and during the first half the number of handling errors cost them a great deal of yardage.
The Dragons capitalised on their field position and took the first try for the match. A couple of back line plays had Jack Williams cross the line twice in the first half with Josh Hogan being successful with the second kick for goal. The scores were locked up at 10 all just on the half time siren but a penalty awarded to the Dragons and the kick for goal being successful had them up by two points at the break.
Cooma’s handling improved a little in the second half and with the Dragons also making errors, the Colts were able to put on some good plays with another two tries to Jack and Luke Johnson showing determination to get across the white line, the scoreboard started to head in the right direction for Cooma. Brandon Williams demonstrated great footwork to stay in the field of play to prevent a kick for touch seeing the sideline and had a great match at full back topping it off with a try and goal to earn the medal for the match.
The Colts prevented the Dragons from scoring any points in the second half having the final score at 30 to 12 to the Colt’s showing that despite a lack of completions they can still tackle well which kept them in the game.