Rocks Confirm Fourth Spot

MatchReportShamrocks have maintained fourth spot on the IDRU Builders Club Premiership ladder with a come from behind 25 – 17 victory over Camden. Rams in form winger Joseph Tildsley crossed for the first two of his hat-trick of tries in the last ten minutes of the first half for the Rams to lead 12 – 6 at the break. The Rocks took control of the second stanza, running in three tries of their own before Tildsley got his third in the dying seconds of the match.

Shamrocks took an early 6 – 0 lead with stand in Halfback Ryan Schoupp booting two penalty goals as the Rocks set up camp in the Rams half of the field for the better part of the first twenty minutes of the match. Two tries went begging for the Rocks between Schoupp’s goals, as Tildsley saved one with a great goal line tackle forcing his opposite number Eloni Raisele into touch a meter out. The Rocks then saw a forward pass rob them of another try scoring opportunity.

Tildsley struck for his first try with ten minutes to go to the half-time whistle. Breaking free on the left flank Tildsley kicked ahead when cornered by the Rocks cover only to see Tyler Aitkin get to the ball first for Shamrocks cm’s from the Rocks line. Tildsley stayed on his feet and after gaining possession of the ball at the breakdown dived over for the five pointer. Referee David Gunning consulted with his Touch Judge before confirming the try. Three minutes later Tildsley was in the action again this time taking an intercept and racing thirty five meters to score a converted try for the Rams to take the lead 12 – 6.

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The 2017 Rep season goes into the next mode this weekend. The NSW Country Cockatoos will be coming to the Illawarra District this Sunday with the annual match against Sydney Subbies to be played at Camden Rugby Park. Seven Illawarrior players have been included in the 23 man squad for the match with University’s premiership winning coach Shaun McCreedy also on deck as part of the Cockatoos Coaching staff. Bulls’ payers Paul Tuala and Andrew Rae are in the starting 15, with Jesse Roach from Shamrocks, Kiama’s Leighton Cowley, and Bowral Blacks wingman Henry Yuill also getting a start. Andy Papworth from Uni and Tommy Sawden from Vikings are on the bench for the Cockatoos first of three matches in this year’s short program. The Cockatoo Colts will also be going around on Sunday with the Illawarra represented by Cory Aylette from Shamrocks and Keiran McCourt from Camden. The Colts are up at 11.30 against Sydney West with the Cockatoos to kick off at 1.30PM.

Michael Cheika has announced his Wallaby squad for the upcoming June Test matches. He has left some big names out for the matches against Fiji, Scotland and Italy in favor of some young guns who have shown sound form in what has been a disappointing Super Rugby tournament. It remains to be seen if Cheika intends to continue with the younger brigade or is he just giving them a taste at this level before bringing the older more experienced players back for the Rugby Championships later in the year. Is Cheika showing some much needed vision with a view to the future of Australian Rugby? The Wallabies play Fiji first up in Melbourne on June 10th, followed by Scotland in Sydney on June 17th and then Italy at Suncorp Stadium on June 24th, with all matches kicking off at 3.00PM.

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Barrett Gets Three In Blueys Sixth Straight Win

MatchReportVikings have registered their sixth consecutive win for 2017 with a 33 – 10 bonus point win against a gallant Kiama Cows outfit at Kiama Showground. Holding a narrow 14 – 10 lead at the break the Blueys went right on with the job in the second half running up nineteen unanswered points. Fullback Andrew Barrett was at his brilliant attacking best running in three tries on the back of some clever work from his inside backs, in particular Cockatoo rep Tommy Sawden.

With another Cockatoo Rep, Leighton Cowley leading the charge for the Cows, Vikings defence was asked plenty of questions throughout the match. The Blueys defence highlighted today by some big hits from prop Joshua Wigmore has been a feature of the sides success so far this year and ultimately won out in today’s match.

The match started at pace with both sides showing early their intention to let the ball do the work. Andrew Barrett created his first try by sweeping into the Blueys backline from twenty out to score untouched wide on the left. With Tommy Sawden converting Vikings hit the lead 7 – 0.

Kiama had the better of play over the next twenty minutes putting on two tries to take the lead as the Blueys struggled to overcome some spirited play from the Cows. After twenty minutes of play Kiama fullback Aisake Tuevu crossed for his sides opening try after some strong running from centre Kadin Cowley. Minutes later, Tuevu and Cowley combined again to create a chance for Flanker Michael Kauter to score but the usually reliable Kauter fumbled the ball over the line.

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Vikings dreadlocked halfback Tommy Sawden has been called into the Country Cockatoos Squad. The Cockatoos will be going into camp on Saturday the 3rd June to prepare for their match against Sydney Suburban the next day Sunday June 4th at Camden Rugby Park. Sawden got the late call up this week to replace an injured player following his impressive performance at the recent Country Championships in Port Macquarie. With now eight Illawarriors in the squad it will be worth the trip up to Camden next week to check out what should be a good match.

The Dexter Porter Blood Cup is on again in 2017. Can you believe that the Cup has been running now for ten years? Two IDRU Clubs, Cup holders Vikings and Shamrocks are ranked in the top ten of the top 100 organizations in the region who donate blood. It’s easy to get involved and give your club the chance to take home the Dexter Porter Cup at the IDRU Annual Awards night in Grand Final week. Make an appointment with any local branch of the Red Cross Blood Service between the 1st June and the 31st August to make a donation. Fill in the Red 25 Form at the donor center and nominate the club you represent and your donation will be registered to your club and be counted toward the total for the Cup. So come on roll your sleeve up and get involved, you never know when someone special to you may need help. For further details contact the Red Cross Blood Service on 131495 or IDRU Cup co-ordinater Kieran Smith on 0429 728879.

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Wombats Home In Scrappy Affair

MatchReportDespite putting in a performance well below the standard they have set themselves so far in 2017, Avondale still managed a bonus point victory over a disappointing Shamrocks outfit at Ocean Park. Running in four tries to three the Wombats held on for a 26 – 17 win in the IDRU Builders Club Round 7 match to maintain their unbeaten competition lead.

With the predicted rain staying away the field was perfect for open football but both sides struggled to find their best form with poor handling being an unwanted feature of the game. At different stages throughout the match the usually slick Avondale backline managed to show their potential putting on several outstanding plays resulting in four five pointers. However both sides managed to fumble their way through the entire eighty minutes in a display which both coaches will be keen to put behind their sides.

After two early penalties shortly after the start of the match, Shamrocks camped themselves in the Avondale half and on the back of several strong raids on the Wombat line Hooker Chris Smith burrowed his way into the Avondale in goal to open the scoring. In the first play after the restart Shamrocks turned the ball over and the Wombat attacking unit sprang into action sweeping toward the Rocks line. Big Lock Gus Faleauto powered his way across for a try leaving several would be defenders in his wake. Silipa Tuigamala converted the try for the Wombats to take the lead 7 – 5 after seven minutes.

Both sides lost key players in the opening minutes with Avondale rep fullback Jacob Kara replaced with a shoulder injury early, followed minutes later by Chris Smith for the Rocks with an eye injury after a heavy tackle.

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If you have been missing Jim Scardanas of late, I can tell you that the esteemed gentleman is currently in the West Indies. He is participating in a Golden Oldies Cricket Tournament with a bunch of colleagues from Wollongong University. It’s a hard life for some people. Just watch out for the short ones Jimmy!

It was certainly an entertaining afternoon at University Oval with the Bulls and their visitors Vikings serving up one of the most enthralling games of the season so far. The entertainment was not restricted to the field however as the healthy crowd in the grandstand also enjoyed the excitement of the University Rugby Clubs Ladies Day activities. With scores of somewhat scantily clad young ladies being waited upon by bare foot waiters whose attire consisted of Bungie Smugglers and some of Calvin Klines best product the thrills came thick and fast. The bubbly was plentiful with the expected ramifications making for some hilariously funny exits from the ground by patrons throughout the afternoon. It was clearly obvious however that the girls had a great day out at the rugby.

Vikings Rugby Club is approaching a big celebration weekend over the June long weekend to mark the club’s 60th Anniversary. There will be several special functions on over the weekend based around their home game against arch rivals Shamrocks on the Saturday. The main function for the celebrations will be a Ball on the Sunday night at the Novatel North Beach. There are plenty of old Blueys making the trip back to Wollongong for the weekend so there is sure to be a lot of reminiscing about the Illawarra’a oldest and most successful Rugby Club. The club boasts thirteen Premierships, two ahead of Kiama with Shamrocks next with seven titles. You can get more details about the celebrations from the Vikings Club website.

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