RON MASSEY CUP
19th May 2013 @ EDSACC Oval
The Entrance Tigers V Cabramatta Two Blues
Competition heavyweights Cabramatta came up the F3 to Bateau Bay to take on the much depleted Central Coast Cleaning Contractors Tigers in the match of the round. The Tigers, with 7 Ron Massey Cup players unavailable were always going to be up against it against the 2 Blues.
True to script, Cabramatta ran in an early try, which was duly converted and were proving too fast and strong for the Tigers who seemed to lack desire during this period. The error riddled first half was completely dominated by Cabramatta and they took a 24-4 lead into the half time break.
A blistering address from Coach Jamy Forbes during the break left the Tigers players with no doubt in their mind what the Coach thought of the first half performance. The battered and bruised players committed to turn around their form in the second half.
The Tigers came out in the second half with renewed vigour and started to make a contest out of the remaining 40 minutes with replacement forward, debutante Tom Thurston, making a huge impact and lifting the team morale. At the end, it was all to no avail with Cabramatta running out winners 30-16.
Best players for the Tigers were tireless skipper Alan Munro, the tyro Tom Thurston and the skilful Matt Killick. Next week we travel to Lidcombe on Saturday to take on Auburn in what should be another physical encounter.
It would be remiss of me not to pass on the condolences of the team to the family of Graham “Chook” Fowler who passed away last week after a long illness. His wit and passion for the game and the Club will be sorely missed.
Central Coast Division
19th May 2013 @ EDSACC Oval
The Entrance V Toukley Hawks
Toukley 14 - The Entrance 6
The Tumbi Tyres Reserve Grade fought out a grinding game, but ended up on the wrong end of the scoreline. The first half saw the Tigers defending for long periods & continually working off their own line. A big defensive effort, going into half time only down by four nil. Once again penalties and errors were not allowing us to play the game in the opposition half and building attacking sets. We got back into the game with a good try to Jack, off a set play. It looked like the Tigers were starting to get on a roll, with better field position and more time with the ball. The game turned back into a grind and both teams were working hard to gain control. Eventually Toukley scored again & it put them up by two. We had our chances but errors and poor options were keeping Toukley in our half. The Hawks scored a late try to seal the win. A big defensive effort by all and even though we were on the wrong side of the scoreboard, we can take a lot out of the game. A welcome return to H and congratulations to Coop for making his debut in Reggies. A big thanks to Logan & Liam for backing up from the 18’s also. Points & Players Player this week, went to Jack Laing. Go the Tigers.
Open Age- Sunday 19th May 2013
Toukley 30 - The Entrance 4
The Stevens Construction Open Age side had to re-jig the run on side after injuries in higher grades necessitated changes to the line-up. We started the game well and after a great piece of work, and a cut out pass from Ned Milos, Benny Qorovarua scored in the corner. We lost Ned soon after and he did not get back on the field. Unfortunately that was the end of the scoring from us. At half time we were down 14-4. The second half was marred by simple mistakes and Toukley got on a roll and scored 16 unanswered points. Best on the day were Robbie Terlato, Adam Ralph, Josh Donovan and Hayden Green. Special thanks to the young Tigers who put their hand up to help out, Tyson Roberts, Sean Boyton and Brodyn Mills.
Wyong 20 - The Entrance 4
The Coast Wide Towing Under 18’s had our worst game so far going down to Wyong 20-4. Full credit to Wyong, they out played us in every facet of the game. Rhys Duffie had his best game this year and received 3 points, Jacob McCudden (2 Points) was excellent when he came into the game and Mitch Jacob’s was awarded 1 point and voted Players Player. Big week at training as we have to have a big improvement if we are to give ourselves any chance of rolling Erina this week end. Good luck to Mitch Jacobs and Liam Scott at the NSW CHS trials.
RON MASSEY CUP
12th May 2013 @ EDSACC Oval
The Entrance Tigers V WENTWORTHVILLE
The much anticipated re-match between last year’s Grand Final protagonists the Central Coast Cleaning Company Tigers and their arch rivals Wentworthville proved rather an anti- climax with the Wenty team running out easy winners thus halting the Tigers previously undefeated run.
The Tigers started well in the match holding the upper hand for the first 20 minutes attaining repeat sets on the Wenty line, but the Magpie defence held strong and repelled many attacking raids from the local team. The Tigers just could not breach the impenetrable Wenty line and frustrations were starting to creep in to our play.
After withstanding the early onslaught from the Tigers, It was Wenty’s turn to apply the blowtorch to the Tigers defence and we succumbed to their many raids with quick tries to the Magpies and a 12 nil lead at the break. Many in the Tigers camp were unconcerned with the scoreline as our second half displays this year have been sensational and once again we were expected to rise to the occasion.
Wenty continued applying the pressure during the second half and the Tigers wilted against a strong and committed Magpies outfit. Injuries played their part with the Tiges having only one player on the bench for the final 15 minutes, but in reality, we were no match against a much better team. The final score was an embarrassing 28 nil to Wentworthville in a display which reminded us why they are the current premiers.
Best players for the Tigers were our inspirational skipper Alan Munro, the relentless Ryan Dalziel, tireless Jye Newton and the sublimely skilful Rhys Pritchard.
Next week we play Cabramatta at Tiger Park in an effort to redeem ourselves against another strong competitor and thus put our Premiership aspirations back on track.
Central Coast Division
12th May 2013 @ EDSACC Oval
The Entrance V Berkeley Vale
The Entrance 12 - Berkeley Vale 30
If we decide to play any type of football in the 60th minute of any game, we will again end up on the wrong end of the scoreboard. From the first kick-off we lost the ball, gave away two penalties and let Berkeley Vale score and this all happened in the first couple of minutes. Well done to the Panthers. They were more enthusiastic and deserved the win. We were a completely different side this week to last and we need to be more consistent week in week out. The one pleasing thing was that we played with a bit of pride in the last twenty minutes while we didn't have a bench for virtually the second half with a couple of bad injuries. Well done to Jurdy, JD, Perry and Freddy who worked hard all game.
The Entrance 30 - Berkeley Vale 14
The Tumbi Tyres Reserve Grade had a much better preparation during the week and it showed on the paddock, with a convincing win over The Panthers. The commitment in defence and the energy with the ball was very pleasing to watch. We started the game with a good platform set up by the forwards, making good yards up the middle and on the edges. Our kicking game was much better, which enabled us to control the field position and go into half time with a 12-6 lead. At half time, we spoke about doing all the little things and maintaining the energy and enthusiasm. We did this and played most of the game in Berkeley Vale’s half, scoring some good tries from set plays and from playing what is in front of you. It was a team effort which got us this win, with every player contributing to the win. Players Player this week went to Curtis, with another 100% effort. But a big game from Koef, in attack & defence got him the 3 points. Another big game against the Hawks this week, go the Tigers.
Berkeley Vale 10 - The Entrance 6
The Stevens Construction Open Age side were up against local rivals Berkeley Vale and given that both sides had only one win each, it was anticipated that it would be a close game. Berkeley Vale scored first after about 20 minutes and then again a couple of minutes later. After getting a penalty 20 metres out from their line Ned Milos threw a cut out pass that found the flying winger Benny Qorovarua who went over in the corner. The try was converted by Richard Amyouni. The half time score was 10-6 to Berkeley Vale. There were no points added in the second half in a stop start game that was marred by silly mistakes when in possession of the ball. Best on the day were Tye Morgan, Michael Perks, Drew Sutton and Robbie Terlato and in the backs Ned Milos and Jack Ellison had strong games.
The Entrance 29 - Toukley 10
Coca Cola under 17’s had another slow start against Toukley with a few mistakes and penalties. The boys trailed 10-Nil but to their credit they regrouped, lifted their intensity in defence and got control of the game. With better ball control and field positions they put on 29 points. Jackson Crane, Daniel Saifiti, Danyzel Pepper and Drew Odisho led the revival with a dominant middle display. Others to stand out were Josh French, Blake Worlsey and Nelson Florimo.
RON MASSEY CUP
5th May 2013 @ EDSACC Oval
The Entrance Tigers V GUILDFORD
The Central Coast Cleaning Contractors Tigers were back at home against the strong Guildford outfit who had boasted some recent good form, in a clash to retain the Premiership lead.
From the outset, the Tigers were just a little off their game but still managing to keep the huge Owls team at bay in a mistake ridden first half. An early injury to Ryan Jowett, who has possible ankle ligament damage added to the Tigers woes. There appeared a certain lack of desperation and enthusiasm among the Tigers players, but they were good enough to hold a 20-12 lead at half time.
During the break, Coach Forbes and the senior players in the playing group spoke of passion, commitment and pride about playing at home in front of our great supporters and the Tigers were ready to pounce in the second half.
The second stanza was a complete contrast to the first, with the Tigers displaying scintillating form in scoring 28 points while conceding only 4, obviously heeding the half time advice. All players contributed to the win with a much improved second half, mirroring our match last week against Western Suburbs.
Highlights of the match included a 4 try haul to young tyro Harley Ridge, who has found a good home on the left flank, Scott “Manu” Peachey’s wonderful form including manhandling his much bigger opponent twice over the sideline and Matt Killick backing up to play at this level after completing a gruelling victory over Wyong in first grade.
Aside from those named above, the best players were the uncompromising Ryan Dalziel, the workhorse Sebastian Vourlos and the inimitable Jake Fitzpatrick, but it was a second half where all players lifted their intensity and deserve honourable mentions.
I would like to make mention of the young locals who have become such a huge part of this squad. 19 year old Harley Ridge has certainly grabbed his opportunities with both hands, Blake Inwood has improved markedly as a player since making his debut last year, Matt Killick has returned to his talented best since making his first appearance in the top grade, while it’s great to see players like Troy Woodley and Otene Tutaki return to play at this level. When you add these players to Central Coast juniors Jay Heming, Jamen Macleod, Scott Peachey, Jake Fitzpatrick, Ryan Jowett, Alan Munro, Sinbad Kali, Jye Newton and add the experience of some players from Sydney, it augurs well for our challenge for the Premiership.
Central Coast Division
5th May 2013 @ EDSACC Oval
The Entrance V Wyong
The Entrance 12 - Wyong 16
The Tumbi Tyres Reserve Grade suffered their first loss for 2013, going down to a determined Wyong outfit. The first half was a scrappy one; errors, penalties and handing the ball over to Wyong in decent field position. We crossed over for the first try, with a strong run from Tom Moloney straight up the middle. But that was it, we clocked off and thought it was going to be an easy day. Wyong scored three tries, to go into half time 16-6. The second half was a better effort, playing more with discipline and structure. The Tigers got a lucky bounce off a set play, which saw Tyler get a try. We played the remainder of the match with the better field position and defended a lot better but unfortunately couldn’t score any more points, going down by four. It is only our third game, with a lot more to work on. Another week and another challenge. Go the Tigers.
Wyong 28 - The Entrance 22
The Stevens Construction Open Age side got off to a fairly even start with Wyong scoring first after about 15 minutes which was basically a silly error right on our line. After the boys settled down there were some good passages of play and a break down the right side where winger Tyronne Jelly looked like he was held up over the line but managed to pop the ball up for Mark Cummings to score in the 29th minute. Wyong scored another try with a conversion and in the next passage of play after a Wyong error Patrick Kelly put in a chip kick that Jarrad Sharp regathered and scored under the post, which was converted by Richard Amyouni. We went to the break 10-10. The early part of the 2nd half was a tussle as each side attempted to gain the upper hand. Wyong skipped away to a16-10 lead then increased it to 22-10. After some good lead up work again our Hooker Robbie Terlato scrambled over from dummy half and the try was converted. 5 minutes later Lincoln Bennett stormed onto a ball about 5 metres out and went through to score, this was converted as well. This had the score at 22 all with 3 minutes to go. Unfortunately after the hooter sounded we had the ball and a chip kick was gathered up by Wyong who scored under the post. The game was worthy of a draw, but the boys just missed out. Best on the day were Tye Morgan, Jarrad Sharp, Robbie Terlato who again makes in excess of 40 tackles a game and Ben Mohan and Adam Ralph.
The Entrance 34 - Wyong 20
The Coast Wide Towing Under 18’s had a good win against Wyong 34-20 but it wasn’t all plain sailing. We struggled in the 1st half with a few errors which led to giving Wyong good field position to allow them to get a couple of tries but through 3 1st half tries to Jacob Saififti we took an 18-14 lead into half time. Again our second half was a much better performance and we were able to keep Wyong to a late try while we had scored 3. Jacob Saifiti earned 3 points and Players Player with his strong edge running while Logan Granger (2 points) was damaging from dummy half. Nathan Cooper and Ryan Doherty both picked up 1 point with Ryan playing his best game to date for the Club. We will see Wyong again in two weeks for the battle again.
The Entrance 8 - Wyong 8
The Coca Cola Amatil Under 17’s came up against a physical Wyong side and their defensive effort was awesome. Now we just need to work on our attacking part of the game and playing a bit smarter. Great efforts from all 17 players that took the field but our standouts were James Dickson, Nelson Florimo, Jake McCudden and Jordan Huckstepp
RON MASSEY CUP
27th April @ Campbelltown Stadium
The Entrance Tigers V WESTS Magpies
The Central Coast Cleaning Contractors Ron Massey Cup team endured the longest away match this year when we ventured to Campbelltown to take on the Wests Magpies. The match was a lead up to the Wests Tigers v Broncos NRL match and so a good crowd was anticipated.
In the opening exchanges, one could sense that the boys were a little off their game and this was going to be no easy match against the willing Magpies who were rising to the occasion backed by their vocal supporters. At the end of the opening stanza, an 18 all scoreline presented itself to an unhappy coach Forbes who lamented the players lack of enthusiasm and intensity in a blistering half time address.
The Tigers certainly responded to his demands with a sensational second half where we scored an additional 6 tries to a solitary 4 pointer by the opposition to eventually run out winners 54-24. All of the Tigers squad lifted across the park and the renewed vigour and enthusiasm could be felt on the sideline.
Congratulations to Otene Tutaki on making his debut at this level and he really lifted his workrate in the second spell to put a dent in the opposition with great charges and quick play the balls which had a marked effect on the team.
Best players for the Tigers were the tough as teak Sebastian Vourlos, the ubiquitous Troy Adams, will of the wisp Rhys Pritchard and the impeccable Jake Fitzpatrick.
Next week we are back at home to take on Guildford who had a good win this week, and we look forward to hearing our supporters cheering for us.
Central Coast Division
27th April 2013 @ Col Gooley Oval
The Entrance V Umina
The Entrance 30 - Umina 20
Well not a game that really reached any great heights with hot weather, a lot of stop start due to errors and a whistle that echoed through the valley of Umina for eighty minutes making the game seem like it went on forever. The GTL Rapid Clean 1st Grade Tigers started well but fell into a lapse for a while as we could not get momentum going. Well done to Umina for staying in the match, holding us scoreless when we were pressuring them for a while there in the second half. Congratulations to Matty Killick, Tom Thurston and Adam Hansen who came away with the points this week
The Entrance 28 - Umina 6
The Tumbi Tyres Reserve Grade side came away with the two points, from a game played in very warm conditions. The first half saw us defending in our own half for long periods, but when we got better field position, we were able to take advantage and scored three tries. We defended well, but errors & penalties kept giving Umina the help to play the game in our half. Some great attacking raids from Harley & Liam were getting us better field position, which led to Brick crossing next to the posts. Further tries to Harley & Pat Kelly, took us to half time up 18-0.The second half saw more errors & the Tigers on the wrong end of the penalty count. Umina were able to cross for a try, which seemed to get us going. The Tigers then started to gain field position with a better kicking game than the first half. It is a lot easier to play attacking footy, than defending for repeating sets. A set play attacking the line saw Browny get a try & then some good hands and running from the right side, let Koef cross over as well. We finished the game on top, but it was not our best display. There is still a lot to work on. Players player this week went to Harley Waters, with a great attacking effort. A big thanks to Pat Kelly for backing up, after a full game in opens.
The Entrance 24 - Umina 12
The Stevens Construction Open Age team got off to a good start and it was a bit of an arm wrestle for the first 10 minutes with both sides being penalised in possession and some basic mistakes. In the 12th minute Jarrod Sharp finished off a great move to score, followed 4 minutes later by a try to Josh Mamo. Unfortunately both conversions were missed. We lost John Spicer mid way through the half after he dislocated his shoulder and up to that point he was far and away the best player on the paddock. The boys held out 3 successive sets of six on our line and coach Kelly thought this is what won them the game. The score was 8-0 our way at half time. At half time he told them to stop panicking and just to play to the game plan. Umina game back with 2 tries in the second half but our boys managed to stay one step ahead and after some great lead up work by Sharpy, Lincoln Bennett went over under the post in the 20th and 25th minutes of the half, with Patrick Kelly converting both. Two minutes later after a good backline movement new boy Josh Donovan score in the corner. With 3 minutes to go Josh Mamo copped a concussion after making one of the hardest tackles of the day. Best on the day were Lincoln Bennett who got the 3 points, Ben Mohan, Robbie Terlato who never stops tackling, Jarrod Sharp, Pat Kelly and Josh Mamo in the centres.
The Entrance V Kincumber
The Entrance 38 - Kincumber 12
The Coast Wide Towing Under 18’s grinded out a win against Kincumber. The 1st half was a bit scrappy and went into half time up 14-12 from tries to Froudy, Laney and Dylan Davis. The feeling at half time wasn’t great as we were not playing the way that we were meant too. Come 2nd half and a refocus of our team goals saw a much better performance. Tries to Mitch Jacobs, Daniel Safiti, Curtis Clifford and Nathan Laney with his 2nd of match saw us finish the game off 38-12. Nathan Cooper in his first game back was awarded 3 points and players player, Nathan Lane got 2points and Daniel Safiti and Connor Atkins got 1 point each. Looking forward to tackling Wyong this weekend.
The Entrance 18 - Kincumber 16
After a disruptive start to the season, The Coca Cola Under 17’s overall performance was pleasing. Kincumber are a very strong side and started very well. Where our boys were a bit slow off the block and were guilty of a few mistakes, there were many great performances with skipper Tyler Webb with 31 tackles leading by example. Our front rowers Danyzel Pepper, Jay Hays and Jackson Crane were very good in hot conditions and Brodyn Mills continued his great form. Our two best were Jordan Huckstepp and Jake McCudden, both getting through a mountain of work with Jake having 18 hit ups, 15 tackles and 2 tries getting the 3 points and Players Player deservedly.
The most pleasing aspect of the game was even trailing 16-4 at one stage the boys stuck together, worked hard and were able to get home by 2 points.
RON MASSEY CUP
21st April 2013 @ EDSACC Oval
The Entrance V KINGSGROVE
The Central Coast Cleaning Contractors Ron Massey Cup team hosted the Kingsgrove Colts in a match where a strong win was needed by the Tigers to enable them to stay in touch with the front runners in the competition.
The Tigers were entering the match without established players Jones, Heming, Little, Daniels, McLeod and Nawaqatabu due to injury and unavailability which gave an opportunity to debutants Hansen and Theurjawr and a call up to Killick and Gordon to show their wares in the top grade.
In the first half, the Tigers were clinical in their execution and brutal in defence enabling them to establish a 30-4 lead at half time with great performances from Adams, Vourlos and Fitzpatrick among others. Ball control was excellent, the set plays were working well and our defensive line was nearly impenetrable.
The second half was a mirror image of the first with the boys from Tiger Town all over their Sydney opponents with the only blight an intercept pass which led to a Kingsgrove try. We eventually ran out winners 70-8 in a 13 try rout.
The win places us on top of the competition on percentages and we will need to be at our best to stay there when we travel to Campbelltown next Saturday to play Wests
Best players among a host of standout performances were Adams, Vourlos, Fitzpatrick, Munro and Peachy while Kali showed a welcome return to form.
Special thanks must go to all of our sponsors who allow us the privilege of playing in this competition and our supporters for their unwavering faith in the Tigers.
RON MASSEY CUP
14th April 2013 @ Storey Park
The Entrance V Asquith
The Ron Massey Cup team ventured the short trip down the freeway as overwhelming favourites in their clash against Asquith but ended up struggling against a committed opposition.
The first half opened with a try scoring frenzy by the Tiges and they soon asserted their superiority with 4 superb tries in the first half. Jake Fitzpatrick was a standout with the ball and had a hand in most of the Tigers forays into Magpies territory. He was ably assisted by Robbie Daniels and Rhys Pritchard in attack, while the tireless Troy Adams was a powerhouse in the forwards. At lemons, the Tigers had opened up a commanding 24-6 lead.
As the second half opened, it seemed apparent that the Tigers players had been reading their own publicity and started fumbling and bumbling their way around the park with stuttering attack and feeble defence. Asquith lifted and were starting to make inroads in the Tigers much vaunted defence on the back of a plethora of errors by The Entrance team. Asquith piled on four tries against our three in a mistake riddled half, but we eventually ran out victors 40-28.
Best for the Tiges were Troy Adams, Rhys Pritchard and Jake Fitzpatrick in what was a generally lacklustre display. Coach Forbes was not a happy camper and has promised the Tigers faithful a change in attitude in the forthcoming weeks.
Central Coast Division
14th April 2013 @ EDSACC Oval
1st Grade Round 2 Report
Considering we are a new side only put together a fortnight ago, our first hit out was a tough one against Northern Lakes. Even though we weren’t victorious but only losing by 2 points, there is good signs for the future rounds once the side is established playing together. 3 points and Players Player went to Marcel Ferris, 2 points to Tom Thurston and 1 point to David O’Neil. Congratulations to Northern Lakes for a good start to the season.
Reserve Grade Round 2 Report
A good start to the season, getting the points with our first home game. The first half saw us complete our sets and play footy in the oppositions half. We worked well together as a unit in defence, which put pressure on Northern Lakes & forced them into some errors. Playing patiently allowed us to score some good tries and go into half time up by 22 points, a very good half of footy with only a couple of errors. The second half saw the Warriors have the ball a bit more and we had to defend for longer periods. Once we gained the better field position, we controlled the play and crossed the line a further two times. The most pleasing thing for the first game was that every player contributed to the win, a great team effort for the first game, but a lot more footy to come.
Under 18’s Round 2 Report
The Coast Wide Towing Under 18’s had a tough first up game against a committed Ourimbah side. 1st half was an arm wrestle with tries to Mitch Jacobs and Josh Froud and the Tigers took a close 8-4 lead into half time. Come the 2nd half and a slight change in tactics saw tries to Jack Alexander in his first official competition game, Mitch Jacobs and Josh Froud collected their 2nd tries for the match while Curtis Clifford capped of a solid game with try near the end of the game. Mitch picked up the 3 points and Players Player, Josh Froud 2 points and Nathan Lane 1 point.
RON MASSEY CUP
7th April 2013 @ ESACC Oval
The Entrance v Burwood – North Ryde
The Tigers and Burwood/Nth Ryde squared off in perfect playing conditions at EDSACC on Sunday. The Tigers kick-off went dead on the full and supporters were hoping that this wasn’t a sign of things to come but the home side quickly recovered and put early pressure on the Burwood/Nth Ryde defence. The home side lost Heming early but Ryan Jowett, a RMC debutant, filled the spot and put in a good display. A dropped ball was swooped on by rookie Tigers winger Harley Ridge and he sprinted over on the left edge after six minutes. The try was unconverted leaving the Tigers ahead 4-0. The next session featured a glut of possession to the visitors allowing them quality field position and they attacked the Tigers’ line relentlessly, unloading and backing up impressively but unfortunately they were unable to register any points. Tigers’ hooker Troy Woodley looked to be away for a try but the last pass option went astray and the score remained at 4-0. Towards the end of the half the Tigers clicked into gear when Fitzpatrick ran the ball, dummied his way through the traffic and unloaded a beautiful ball to a rampaging Tim Nawaqatabu who showed good speed to cross adjacent to the posts. Fitzpatrick was on target to extend the lead to 10-0 with 28 minutes gone. Following a penalty a good backline move saw the Tigers within striking distance again and Nawaqatabu barged over from close range, Fitzpatrick converted and the lead blew out to 16-0 on the 35 minute mark. This remained the half-time score.
The Tigers went straight on the attack after the break and a beautiful long ball from half, Arthur Little, found Ridge in space up the sideline.When cornered he turned the ball back inside to Rob Daniels for a converted try and a 22-0 lead after four minutes. On the back of a penalty the home side put on a set move and Fitzpatrick found Nawaqatabu who got his hat-trick for a 28-0 lead on the ten minute mark. Minutes later a smart break from dummy half by Daniels sent him on a long run where he found Ridge who made it a double for the day. Fitzpatrick was off target but the Tigers went ahead 32-0. To their credit the Burwood/North Ryde side defended keenly and on many occasions stopped the big Tigers’ forwards in their tracks. They constantly worried the Tigers’ defence with their quick men getting out of dummy half and it was only last pass errors which cost them points. With the clock ticking and the game realistically out of reach the Burwood/ North Ryde boys threw off the shackles and a smart try by Joseph Rokoqo found the defence wanting and put the red and whites on the board. Burwood were playing enterprising football but were made to pay for a dropped ball when Woodley crossed to extend the Tigers’ lead to 38-4. The Burwood/Noth Ryde boys continued to chance their arm and fullback Matt Evans, who had been busy all day, put in a neat chip and chase which caught the defence napping and narrowed the gap to 38-8. Minutes later the Tigers looked to have open space on the left when Little threw a long ball but John Latele pounced and scored an intercept try against the run of play. Adam Nedic converted for 38-14. Woodley looked to have responded soon after but the ball went astray over the line and the score remained 38-14.
The game was entertaining but a bit scrappy with both sides guilty of trying to unload in traffic when they just needed to consolidate field position and finish their sets. Both coaches would have been pleased with some aspects of their teams’ performances but there is plenty of scope for improvement for both sides.
The Burwood/North Ryde backs’ running from dummy half was impressive and their forwards, with Mark Fakahua prominent, stood up to the more experienced Tigers’ pack well. For the home side Fitzpatrick made an impressive return from injury. Tim Nawaqatabu worked hard for his three tries and Harley Ridge impressed in his first full RMC game. Rob Daniels made a welcome return from a broken ankle which kept him out for most of 2012.