Shoalhaven down Vikings in both Grades

This Match Report is being submitted on behalf of Vikings Rugby Club and as with all preceding Match Reports from me will be very Viking oriented. Every IDRU Club is welcome to submit match reports on their games, but to my knowledge rarely if ever take the opportunity to do so. That’s up to them. Having cleared that up, here’s my report on the recent Vikings/ Shoalhaven fixture.

Only two games were played. These were Viking home games and Vikings came second in each. In Second Grade, which Shoalhaven won by 22 points to 10, Shoalhaven started strongly with repeated attacks on Vikings line. These were unrewarded however and Vikings opened the scoring with a penalty goal to Chris Nanassi for a 3-nil lead. Handling errors by Vikings saw some opportunities lost and Shoalhaven took advantage of some flimsy Viking defence to post the first five pointer and lead 5-nil. Shoalhaven then grabbed another 3 points with a penalty goal for an 8-3 lead at half time.

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Vikings regain the Black & Blue Trophy from Kiama

An enjoyable day’s Rugby on a sunny afternoon at the most scenic rugby field in NSW. It doesn’t get much better as far as I’m concerned, especially when the Black and Blue Trophy is up for grabs. This trophy has been contested annually for nearly forty years between Vikings and Kiama, Illawarra’s two oldest Rugby Clubs. It is won for that year, by the First Grade Team that beats the other by the biggest margin in any game in which they play each other during a season. In the past it has frequently been decided in Grand Finals. That won’t be happening this year, so Vikings now hold it for 2013 by virtue of their 55-33 win on Saturday.

Three games of Rugby were played at Kiama, the first being a Golden Oldies match between the Viking Longhorns and the Kiama Blowhards. A great way to get the afternoon underway with the result being a draw as all Golden Oldies games should be.

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Vikings trounced by Avondale (again)

The second round fixture between Vikings and Avondale at Vikings Rugby Field was a repetition of their first round results, only much worse. Third Grade went down 29-8, Second Grade lost 48-15 and Vikings First Grade suffered what was probably its biggest defeat in the fifty five year history of the Club, losing by 92 points to 7.

I can’t work out why Avondale has this huge, current superiority over Vikings. It has little to do with Vikings being without some of its regular First Graders. Those players replacing them are quite comparable in ability. Nor can it be that Avondale is in the fortunate position of being able to pay players and can therefore attract players of high quality. It has clearly done this, but this explanation does not account for the fact that Avondale teams have been beaten by amateur IDRU Clubs this season. Be that as it may the fact remains that Vikings, whilst being competitive with other clubs have not been able to get within a bull’s roar of Avondale since the 2011 Grand Final.

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Illawarra's Lachlan Hennesey (Bowral) named NSW Junior Country Player of the Year

Lachlan Hennessey - 2013 NSW Junior Country Player of the YearOn completion of the City Country Junior Championships at Forshaw Rugby Park, the President of NSW Country Juniors, Steve Watson, annouced the NSW Country Juniors Player of the Year.

 

Each year from the Under 17s team, a player that shows great performances, on the field and is a great team player off the field is rewarded with the honour in being named the Player of the year.

 

The 2013 Player of the Year is Lachlan Hennessy from Illawarra JRU.   Lachlan plays for the Bowral Junior Rugby Union club.

Congratulations to Lachlan on being named the 2013 NSW Country Juniors Player of the Year.

 

Young Warriors at City Vs Country

On Sunday 28th July, a fine warm winters day, a number of Young Warriors players and officials headed up the hill to the annual junior City vs Country fixture at Forshaw rugby park, Sylvania. With the under 15s and 17s acting as a selection trials for the respective age groups New South Wales teams.

Tim Gavin Shield (Under 14)

  • Max COGHLAN , Bailey LAMB,

After a fast start by country scored a try in the opening minutes Sydney slowly got into a rhythm and ran out winners - 38 to 12.

Steve Tuynman Cup (Under 15)

  • Blake SCHOUPP, Liam RASCH, James JAGOT, Brendon NEVILLE, Corey AYLETT and Asst Coach: Michael SOLOMONS

Country started strongly attacking the Sydney line but were unable to score any points with the territory advantage in the first 10minutes . Sydney gathered momentum and scored 2 tries before half time and ran out eventual winners – 36 to 0.

Further congratulations to James, Blake, Liam and Brendon for making the NSW under 15s

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Vikings narrow First Grade win over Tech-Tahs

Tech-Tahs had to be content once again with taking home one point for a narrow loss after going down to a depleted Vikings side 22-17 at Vikings Rugby Field on Saturday. Vikings also won Second Grade 38-20 with Tech-Tahs winning Third Grade 50 points to 12.

Tech-Tahs Third Grade team is in my opinion their strongest side. It contains many older and more experienced players who now prefer to enjoy their rugby at this level. Vikings Thirds which contains many young players who play in the Colts Competition whenever possible were given a hard but useful lesson at the hands of their more seasoned opponents. Tech-Tahs looked very proficient in all positions, scoring eight tries to Vikings two and converting five of them for an impressive 50 points. One of Vikings own more experienced players Dave (Horse) Clancy, who played his 100th game for Vikings, failed to score on several occasions but still enjoyed himself immensely. Vikings 12 points were from two tries scored by centre Chris Nanassi, one being converted for the final score of 50-12. For Vikings, back rower Xavier Hollis played his consistently honest game ably assisted by Blake Tolhurst who improves every week. In the backs the half/ five eight combination of Beau McEwen and Jared Costable did as well as could be expected behind a forward pack that was outgunned all afternoon.

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