By JODIE BUSHBY
UNDER-15 A played Gympie at Gympie. The game was played in tough wet conditions. After a solid start the Noosa boys controlled possession and skipped to a 18-0 lead at the break. The conditions worsened in the second half. To their credit, Noosa kept trying their plays and produced solid defence to run out 34-8 winners. A special mention to Blake, Mason and Lincoln for stepping up from the under-14s to help our side out as we were down on troops. Best wishes to Harry Cook who broke his leg at training last week hope you are back on your feet soon.
The boys travelled to Bribie at the crack of dawn and had their best game of the year by far. Led by John Freeman and a very committed pack of forwards the team was up 10-0 early after two cracking tries from Brandon Collins. In a tight first half, the boys went to the break leading 10-8.
The second half started poorly with the kick-off going out on the full and the momentum shifting dramatically with Bribie scoring three quick tries to take a 22-10 lead.
The boys showed how committed they are to each other by grinding back into the game, with Austin scoring a sensational double and converting out wide. The back line attack is improving every week.
The last five minutes was frantic but the boys just missed out on the win. The encouragement award went to Brant Moore for the game of his life and Brandon Collins earning player of the match for an unbelievable game in both attack and defence. We all wish Brandon all the best after having to go to hospital with an arm injury.
Under 13 B
Noosa under-13 B lost to Palmwoods 38-12. After a three-week break the boys struggled this week against a much improved Palmwoods. Ineffective tackling let them down. Special mention to Chase, Hayden and Owain. Player of the match was Chase McChesney.
Under 12 Gold
Gold took on Palmwoods and in the early exchanges the team definitely turned up to play, scoring two tries to race out to a good lead 10-0. Then the armwrestle began with both teams playing some good football and some ill-disciplined footy, a good try to Floyd Nowill had Gold skip out to a 14-0 lead. Just on half time the defence let in a try. Half-time scores 14-4.
In the second half, Gold had the wind behind their backs, but a mistake in the first set, seem to set the standard for the rest of the half, and while ball control was not at its best, the defence was.
Gold really struggled to get to a kick as Palmwoods kept the pressure on, and although Gold kept giving the ball back, they managed to get over the line albeit by running around. The score was now 14-10 with 15 to go. A good defence led by Ethan Condon, Jaidyn ‘JJ’ Jayaraj and Dylan Cross kept the boys in the game.
Unfortunately, they couldn’t land the killer blow, There were many chances and if they had held on to the ball they would have won by 30. Credit to Palmwoods they kept turning up. The last 15 minutes saw a lot of missed chances and luckily the Gold goal line defence was solid. The boys hung on to the lead winning in the end 14-10. Player of the match with big numbers both in attack and defence was Ethan, top tackler was JJ and the hit up king P.J. Hill.
Under 13 A
All the boys started well until Kawana scored a questionable intercept try and then began dominating play. The Pirates staged a comeback towards the end of the first half and looked to have finally woken up to fact they are capable of beating this team. But for too many periods in the game the Pirates defence was too soft and allowed Kawana to dominate play. Ollie was the star of the team today in both attack and defence, but if the rest show up with the same attitude he did and play to their potential, no other team will beat them.
Under 12 Blue
Noosa Blue played Kawana at home this weekend and all the boys had a great game. Two of the boys who put an extra effort in are Josh Wessling and Max Webster.
Under 11 Gold
Noosa U11 Gold capped of a big week at training with a solid win over Beerwah White. The team’s defensive line was outstanding, with every player contributing. Jackson Beaumont’s cover defence was awesome and Jack Munce had his best tackling game of the year. Our halves Levi McLean and Liam Langton guided the team around beautifully, giving Javier Iriondo, Aston Steele, Liam Trevanion and Taj Johstone room to move on the edges. Final score Noosa 36 d Beerwah 6.
Under 11 Blue
Under-11 Blue came within two minutes of scoring their first win for the year. After a brilliant first half, the boys went to the break 10-6 up and full of go. The Caboolture side held out Blue’s constant attacks in the second half to their credit, with Noosa also holding out their raids on the Blue line, but there can only be one winner and Caboolture’s man mountain crashed over from short range with only two minutes left and kicked the goal to lead 12-10. Not giving up, Noosa Blue took a short kick off, regained the ball and with 40 seconds left got within five metres of the try line. A very good effort with multiple personal bests across the field but extra standouts go to Kaiden Collins for his efforts tackling their ‘giant’ and Micheal McManus for some outstanding runs. I would also like to mention Jack Ritchie and Liam Fox for some awesome try saving.
Under 9 Blue
What a great two games the under-9 Blue team had at the carnival. The first game was against Caboolture and the Blues started off well with some great passing and attack play, leading to Joel scoring a blistering sidestepping try. This was backed up with some good tackles and defence work, which had been practised at training. Tammin was bustling in her attack, with Erik always backing up and scoring a great runaway try. Nathaniel was eager for the ball, doing lots of hit ups and he got himself a try for all his effort. Max worked hard all game and Kye was great at backing up.
The second game saw Blue take on Bribie Island, and after some coaching and a pep talk by Russell in between the games, the team took to the field with lots of enthusiasm. Joel made an awesome break with a fantastic offload which led to Ivan scoring a try. Mitchell and Ryan were strong in defence with some great tackles around the legs. Liam kept his legs pumping with a big hit up and came oh, so close to a try. Jack took the ball up and got through the defence to score. Another try to Ivan as he burrowed across the line. Erik was tireless in attack and defence in both games, which led him to being player of the match. Special thanks to Angus, Russell and David who helped with the team today in Darren and Coby’s absence.
Under 9 White
The boys played two great games of footy against Maroochydore and Coolum. Team work was excellent with the boys putting into practice what they’d been learning at training.
Exceptional ball skills were shown by half back Nic Tindall and full back Jed Bullman. The forwards made lots of strong hit ups creating opportunities for the backs later in the tackle count with many try scorers. Defensive pressure was good with all players contributing and sticking to the game plan. Wingers Ryan and Jordan both had great games and held their positions. Player of the match went to all the boys.
Two great games were played at the carnival by the under-8s. Benny Graf’s tackling game was outstanding as usual and so was Dylan Alchin who earned himself player of the day. Joshy Palmer, Lochlan Johnson and Lachlan Neville also had a great game, with awesome ball running from Taj Egea and Johannes Dwyer.
Under 7 White
Under-7 White had their first carnival at Maroochydore this weekend and for once the weather was perfect footy weather. Maroochydore ran an excellent carnival, all the Sunshine White boys left with a spring in their step. Cooper Drinnan was bouncing out of the line and tackling everyone in sight. He also put on the best left foot step that not only did he get the opposition to move with him, the side line went left as well leaving a massive gap on the right for Cooper to run through and score a try. Sam Proctor decided running backwards in defence might work best, he quickly remembered what to do and was back to chopping players down at the legs. Joe Tolano looks more confident and was making metres every time he got the ball. Rhy North was super elegant in defence and attack. Rhy made use of the footy every chance he got. Bailey Hozier won the bravery award today when he was was taken by an excellent tackle from a Caboolture player. It was such an excellent tackle, it would have most adults limping for a week. To his credit he was quickly back up making tackles and scoring a few tries. Birthday boy Lachlan Ward grew to another level today, getting a meat pie (try) on his special day. Lucas Byers bounced back from an early knock and was eager to get his hands on the footy and have a run. Finally, Bailey Drinnan loved his day on the field. He moved forward with every carry he got. He and his twin brother must chase after each other a lot because they are tackling out of their skin. We had a full team of players for the match this weekend.
Under 7 Yellow
This week under-7 Yellow played two games in the Maroochydore Carnival. In the first match against Caboolture, Riley showed how far he is progressing with straight hard running up the middle, deservedly earning him player of the match. In the second match Aric impressed with outstanding defence, tackling anyone and everyone. This tough determination earned him the player of the match against Bribie Island. Special mention also to Kaleb and Brandon for their hard running and great defence in both games.
Under 7 Blue
Under-7 Blue came up against Stanley Rivers and Caboolture in the Maroochydore Carnival. In the first game Jared earned player of the match for his awesome attitude, showing strength and determination especially in his powerful defence. Brandon continued to show his ability to run straight and hard, breaking through Stanley Rivers’ defensive line again and again. In the second match, Hayden made some great ground up the middle and his defence was rock solid throughout the whole game, earning him player of the match against Caboolture. Special mention to Cooper for an outstanding try.