Valiant effort by Dolphins

Lewis on the attack for the U13s.

Under 6s – This week saw Noosa Red vs Brothers at Brothers, and Noosa White taking on Peregian Saints at Matthew Flinders. Noosa Red had a great game with quick passing, Domino’s Pizza Player of the Day went to Alfie who had some great runs. Noosa White also showed good quick passes this week and were outstanding on defence lead by Player of the Day Lachie who made a number of great touches.

Under 7s – Playing Brothers at Brothers this week, the U7s started off strong with Hemi bursting through the midfield scoring the first try. After a hotly contested lineout, Owen was perfectly positioned to spread out wide for a clear run to score. Otis was strong in defence catching the opposition with speed, supporting the team with great placement of the ball. A guest appearance from Carter who was also strong in defence with his signature speed. Gus showed some great forward running, momentum and spotted the try line to dot down and score. Archer displayed great placing of the ball and bursts of brilliance. Domino’s Pizza Player of the Match went to Alfie for staying in the line and concentrating at training to level up his skills week on week.

Under 8s – Noosa v University. It was a wet Saturday morning at University, but that didn’t slow the boys down. They were focused on playing good rugby, defence was solid with massive improvement in commitment to make tackles. The ruck play was awesome, the boys were like seagulls around a packet of hot chips with numerous steals by all players.

Captain Flynn led from the front with great runs and tackling. The passing was a great show of teamwork, also offloads at post contact. Koa shone with great try of the game stepping through whole team. Domino’s Pizza Players of the Match were Flynn and Duke.

Under 9s – It was an absolute pleasure watching the U9s play against Matthew Flinders at their home ground this week. All the new skills the boys have been working hard on in training were on impressive display. Noosa kicked off and demonstrated impressive teamwork. Although Flinders got the first try, Noosa quickly answered it with a great team try. Toby E did some excellent running, getting the team close to the try line on multiple occasions. The boys’ defence was strong this week, too, with everyone getting into the rucks to protect their teammates and the ball. Quade and Forrest both scored runaway tries in the first half and they both followed them up with more in the second. Saul had a great run and made important ground for the Dolphins and James E saved an important try. The boys worked so well together and many tries were scored as a result. Excellent performances from everyone on the field, with Forrest and Saul being named Domino’s Pizza Players of the Week. Well done boys!

Under 10s – The stage was set. Noosa v Saints on the main arena at home. With captain Jack leading them through the tunnel, the team was pumped. Saints started well. Noosa was under pressure early and went behind on the scoreboard. This kicked some into gear with Eden picking and driving. Paddy showed some great defence, Stella shone with textbook tackles, while Isabella held firm on the wing. It was Saints that took the lead into the break 17-7. Our coaches challenged some of the others on the field and up they stood with better cleanouts and being more aggressive generally. Harvey and Henry gave space for Freddie to open his jets, getting the score back to 17-12. The Domino’s Pizza Player of the Match Zach D was tacking and weaving his heart out inspiring the boys to come home strong. But Saints had other ideas scoring to make it 24-12. Showing individual brilliance from the other Player of the Match, Hugo, with great cover defence and large runs. Jude started to fire which saw us claw back, eventually to 24-24. With time nearly up, the team were down on their own line, Fynn worked hard alongside Mason, forcing a turnover. The team marched down the field and over they went, only to unfortunately drop the ball over the try line. A 24-all draw seemed like a fitting result really with some great rugby from both sides.

Under 12s – Reds – The U12 Noosa Reds side came out hot at home against Grammar in Round 6, putting the visitors on the back foot immediately. The boys set a blistering pace in the first half, taking every opportunity to break through patchy defence whilst maintaining an almost impenetrable line themselves. The Reds came back to the second half to see their impressive lead dwindle a little; Grammar rallying to cross the line on several occasions through the boys, at times, lacklustre defence. However, good attacking play as a team and standout runs down the field meant this was another comfortable win for an illness-decimated Reds. Big thanks to the support of a few U11 players on the day. Domino’s Pizza Players of the Match went to James for great tackling and breakout runs, and Mikey for ‘being everywhere, all at once’. Reds 43 – Grammar 26. Meanwhile the Whites travelled away to Sippy Downs for a great showing against University. The boys were unstoppable, and displayed the results of their lessons from some intense training for a well-deserved win. Whites 22 – University 0.

Under 13s – The overcast morning cast a shadow on the weather and the results for our valiant boys playing Brothers at Brothers. Just like the moments of the sun shining through there were a lot of highlights in the play for the U13s who fought hard to defend and try to get points on the board. They prevented the final score from being significantly higher. With a noticeable size difference in the teams, the never-give-up Dolphins showed strength and determination in their scrums, rucks and protecting the ball. Coaches Ben and Frankie reminded the team they are still building and getting better and better every week. Mattie was awarded Domino’s Pizza Player of the Match for being everywhere, in everything, executing great play, and doesn’t stop throughout every game week on week. Archie got the two points for nailing the memo – tackle, tackle, tackle, taking some big hits along the way but getting straight back in. Lewis led the team well and his rugby IQ was evidenced again getting him the one point. Special mention to Mitch. This Saturday will be the first home game this season and ready to bring on a win.

Under 15s – Noosa v Maroochydore. After two consecutive byes Noosa were super keen to take the field to hopefully pick up where they left off after a dominant display in round 4, a distant three weeks ago. Unfortunately, after a valiant effort by the Maroochydore coach to muster a team, injury and illness and perhaps the late rain depleted his stocks to the point where he conceded a forfeit two hours from kick off. It was very disappointing for the Noosa boys, although an extra week off presents an opportunity to fully rest and recover from any niggly injuries. Points this week: three to Zeb’s dad who in an effort to beat the traffic left at lunch time and was at the ground when the call to cancel came through. Two to Luke’s dad who, in a continued quest for the simpler life, failed to see the multiple messages across several platforms and arrived at the vacant grounds on time ready to go. His request for smoke signals and carrier pigeons in the future has been denied. And one point to the rest of the parent group who, despite the ongoing frustrations of the draw, continue to deliver the players to training and games.