Hawkesbury Valley’s fought hard in their second home game of the season but were outplayed by Barker who just got the basics right.
1st Grade: Loss 14 – 24
Hawkesbury Valley’s 1st XV suffered their first loss of the season going down in a nail biting finish to Barker. Barker pressured early just getting basics right and soon skipped away to a 0 – 12 lead. Hawkesbury refocused and took the play back to them with a well weighted kick being fielded by Sam Aukuso who popped it for Graham Woodhouse in support for their opening try. With nothing between the teams it was a matter of taking advantage of opposition errors which Barker seized upon to put another try on. Hawkesbury forced Barker back to their own goal line from the restart where Dane Humphreys came up with their next try from the back of the scrum. A superb sideline conversion from Pat Muller closed the gap to 5 points putting them right back in the game. Barker responded well and quick ball movement created an overlap for them to post another try out wide closing the half time score at 14 – 24.
The second half was a hard slog for both sides with Hawkesbury coming home stronger, solid defensive efforts from both sides with rushed play from Hawkesbury preventing them from scoring. Although disappointed there were many positives taken from the game to build on for the next round
Elf Farm Supplies Man of the match Points:
3: Seaton Kenna
2: Harry Rowe
1: Dan Beckett / Sam Aukuso
2: Dane Humphreys
1: Seaton Kenna
Players Player: Seaton Kenna
2nd Grade: Loss 12 – 35
Hawkesbury’s 2nd XV showed some great individual efforts but again Barker did the basics well keeping the ball on the move across the field. With a 0 – 21 deficit at half time the boys were frustrated but some inspirational words from the coach got them back into the game. A 2 try effort from Luke Moore kept Barker honest with the second half score see-sawing till the dying minutes. Barker went over for their final try right on the bell to finish the scoring.
Airbus Group Man of the match Points:
3: Gene Peterson
2: Ira Blake
1: Jason de Joux / Ulisese Semisi
3rd Grade: Win 7 - 5
A solid effort from the 3rd XV who showed guts and determination against a young mobile side. Debutant Thomas Lees made his presence felt with some terrific cover defence. Jay Williams combined well with Cam Worland to feed the outside back plenty of ball. Colin Chapman worked tirelessly in defence constantly driving the opposition ruck into the ground. With neither side able to break the others defence they went to the half time break at Nil all.
A marginal high tackle call against Hawkesbury 10 minutes into the half gave Barker an opportunity for a quick tap restart which saw them score in the corner. Hawkesbury rallied and drove Barker back onto their own line where TJ Morecroft combined with Al Lamsam to cross the tryline. An attempted illegal pushed TJ over the dead ball line but the referee was on the spot and awarded a penalty try which now has a 7 point value. Hawkesbury camped in the Barker half for the remainder of the game but were unable to increase the score before an injury stopped the game a few minutes short.
Finance Made Easy Man of the match Points:
3: Cameron Worland
2: Colin Chapman
1: Thomas Lees / Jay Williams
Colts: Loss 5 - 45
Hawkesbury Colts came up against yet another side that has been together for several years with solid combinations. Although physically superior across the paddock Hawkesbury were unable to stop Barker scoring with their ball movement almost flawless. As the score line rose the urgency set in for Hawkesbury further exacerbating their frustration causing basic handling errors and loss of continuity. Having said that there were still some outstanding individual efforts with Josh Martin, James Dooley & Isaac leading the way.
Bligh Park Butchery Man of the Match Points:
3: Josh Martin
2: James Dooley / Isaac Harrison
1: Aidan Hopping
Hawkesbury Valley are away next week v Newport at Porter Reserve