It was back to Hawkesbury Day at McQuade Park with Hawkesbury Valley matching up against Club Championship leaders Old Ignatians. Once again 1st grade proved to be the bogie side for Iggies with a nail biting finish and all grades proving to be competitive.
1st Grade: Win 25 – 23
Hawkesbury Valley’s 1st XV played their best match so far dominating Iggies across the park although Iggies shocked Hawkesbury in the opening minutes crossing the line to start the scoreboard ticking over. Hawkesbury were quick to retaliate with a clever try to Brodie Knight. Rhys Brook’s explosive running constantly beat the first line of defence and was eventually rewarded with a try in the clubhouse corner. With an exchange of penalty goals and a late try to Iggies the scores were locked up at 15 all for half time.
The second half proved more challenging for Hawkesbury as it seemed like a gremlin must have gotten in the referee’s ear during the break and ordered him to penalise them at almost every breakdown. Hawkesbury threw everything into Iggies camping on their line for most of the half, a brain snap by Hawkesbury gave Iggies an easy 3 points and put them in the lead. Hawkesbury battled on with Brodie Knight getting his double scurrying over in the corner from the base of the scrum, a great conversion from Pat Muller took them to 4 points ahead which he then followed up with a superb penalty goal for the 7-point lead. Iggies never gave up upping the pace in the dying minutes. Some excellent support work saw them cross for their final try out wide to haul back Hawkesbury’s lead to just 2 points with the conversion to come. Everyone held their breath as the kicker moved in on the ball then let out a sigh of relief as it veered away from the goals. An entertaining match for all.
Elf Farm Supplies Man of the match Points:
3: Rhys Brook
2: Matt Pond / Dan Beckett
1: Alex Kingston
2: Rhys Brook
3: Ants Connon
Players Player: Rhys Brook
2nd Grade: Loss 19 – 25
Hawkesbury’s 2nd XV were unlucky to not come away with a win against second placed Iggies. Some bustling forward play saw the visitors take first points catching Hawkesbury off guard. Hawkesbury recovered quickly to pressure Iggies into their own quarter where Nick Cave replied for the home side with a try in the corner, a monstrous conversion by Cam Worland levelled the scores. Iggies backline kicked into gear with quick hands and great speed to put on two more tries just before the half time break.
Hawkesbury struck back early in the second half with Uili To’o smashing his way over the line, Ira Blake followed up with another try after bustling Iggies back onto their goal line, once again Worland’s boot made the difference and Hawkesbury was at last in front for the first time in the match. Iggies packed everything they had into the last couple of minutes of play creating an overlap in the slowing Hawkesbury defence, a penalty goal minutes later gave them a six-point buffer with only a few minutes left on the clock. Coach Val complimented the boys on their tenacity and was busily planning his strategy with manager Tony Antonioli for next weeks against Redfield.
Airbus Group Man of the match Points:
3: Colin Chapman
2: Dan Warters
1: Corey Eather
3rd Grade: Loss 7 - 27
A solid effort from the 3rd XV against top of the table Ignatians. Iggies took charge of the play early scoring in the opening couple of minutes setting the pace of the game. Using their speedy backline Iggies kept the ball away from Hawkesbury severely limiting their chances to get a flow of play going.
Despite the fifteen to nil half time deficit some inspirational words from coach Dave Wilson lifted Hawkesbury to stave of the Iggies attack. With only 10 minutes left on the clock their hard work was rewarded with a try to TJ Morecroft breaking through the defence with a powerful run, Glenn Sutton added the extras narrowing the lead to eight points. In a repeat of the first half Iggies laid on two tries in as many minutes to put the game well out of reach.
Finance Made Easy Man of the match Points:
3: Glenn Sutton
2: David Wilcox
1: TJ Morecroft
Colts: Loss 21 - 44
Hawkesbury Colts did well against competition leaders Old Ignatians who boasted a team that has played together for several years. Iggies set a fast pace which Hawkesbury struggled to contain, although they laid on five tries Hawkesbury kept them out wide with only one being within range of their kicker. A superb swerve and step from 22 metres out from Lachlan O’Brien put him through a gap to record Hawkesbury’s first try, Harry Rowe added the extras and Hawkesbury went to the breakdown 27-7.
The second half saw a revitalised Hawkesbury go toe to toe with Iggies Scoring another 2 converted tries via Zac Fisher & Zac Fortini. A credible finish for the Hawkesbury Colts but the Iggies lead was justoo much to pull back.
Bligh Park Butchery Man of the Match Points:
3: Isaac Harrison
2: Matthew Fleming / Lachlan O’brien
1: Chris Nielson
Hawkesbury Valley are away next week v Redfield Old Boys at Redfield College
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