By JOE JURISEVIC
FANCY footwork and lightning pace set by Gus and Rory kept tries flowing. George was fierce with his tagging and outstanding defending throughout the game. Sheer determination from Brendon with ball in hand along with Phoenix’s continued improvement helped keep SCG from making progress. Myles was consistently showing eyes on the ball and made some good tags to boot. Julian was rewarded for his spectacular passing by scoring his first try for the season. Dominos Pizza Man of the match went to Julian Mason.
Under-7 Fins 35 d Reds 30
It was a very close match with both teams putting themselves on the line to push to the try line. The stand out performer for the Fins was Charlie Lambert, who the kids now call ‘Fast Charlie’ with four tries and Kane Shedlock, Thomas Russell and Brandon Gesell scoring a try apiece. For the Reds, Daniel O’Shea scored three tries using his speed and step to avoid the opposition, closely followed by the fast moving Max McKerrow who proved he is a threat if there’s any opening. Eli Maclean showed great ball skills and scored one try. Dominos Pizza Player of the Match was Pierce Townsend for his strong defence and attacking support.
Under-7 Fins 40 d St Andrews Red 35
The game was very tight with quite a few tries withheld on the try line, but the Noosa Fins remained determined, taking it home by one try. Charlie Lambert kept his ‘Fast Charlie’ title, sprinting down the sideline on a number of occasions to score three tries and Kane Shedlock impressed in his defence and confused his opponents with his Quade Cooper inspired step, scoring two tries. Other try scorers included Thomas Russell two tries and Max McKerrow one try. Dominos Pizza Player of the Match was Max McKerrow for his excellent attack and fast pace.
Under-7 Reds 45 drew SAAC Blues 45.
The Under-7s put on a sterling display of rugby on Saturday, with Jack Dudgeon scoring an impressive three tries, Daniel O’Shea following up with two of his own, and Max McKerrow, Thomas Russell, Brandon Gesell and Kane Shedlock all scoring one try each. Domino’s Pizza Player of the Match was Oliver Brennan who showed his commitment coming back on the field after a knock to his mouth.
Under-8 Noosa Blue 40 d Reds 30
Both teams really did put their bodies on the line. There was pride at stake in the local derby. Noosa Red raced to a two-try lead before the Blue machine reached full throttle. Each team tried to tackle the other into submission, and for the Blues Oskar, Joey and Jude (captain) really got up to the line quickly. Hammish and Hunter contributed with some heavy tackling and ball carrying while Tex used his muscle at the breakdown. Zay took one for the team as did Pearl, but both played outstanding games. Atticus ruled the free play and punished the opposition for loose play. Oskar earned his first Domino’s Pizza Player of the Match while Pearl got the coaches award.
And from the Reds…
Dynamic duo Mack and Joch sprung into action with a strip then shot it to Joch who took off before passing to Finnbar to score a great forwards try. A big start from Will taking the ball up, running straight had the side in attack again. Great ball security from Remy and James delivered the ball to Oscar who shot away to score the second. James played solidly, really stepping up in doing the hard work to get the ball out to Oscar who bolted away to score the second of his four for the night. Kaleb can tackle having his best game to date.
In the second, the Blues got two tries up and stayed there for the game. Great scrum play by Will had the ball back to James who took it up, played the ball to Joch, back to Mack to score. Remy had a barnstorming run that took half of the Blues to stop. Domino’s Pizza Player of the match was Finnbar who played an all round game with awesome tackling.
Under-8 Whites 35 d Noosa Fins 20
Tries Tyler 2, Taj 2, Oliver 1, Louie 2 Domino’s Pizza Player of the Match – Taj Kuruvita.
Under-9 Fins 35 d Maroochydore 25
A quality game saw the boys overpower a well-organised Maroochydore outfit. The positional coaching paid off with Noosa winning most of the contested ball, led brilliantly by Josh. Strong running from Sam saw him cross for two tries as did Leif and one each to Reggie, Josh and Hunter. An excellent game was also had by Max with one particularly strong effort where he beat a number of defenders. Domino’s Pizza Player of The Match – Josh Kendall.
Under-9 Reds 65 d Flinders 30
Another great performance by the boys, coming from behind in a very physical match. The boys didn’t back down for one second always putting a lot of pressure in the break down, causing the turn overs and going for the try line.
Try scorers were Domino’s Pizza Player of the Match Kye with four, Jackson, Andrew and Fletcher with two each and Tane, Oliver and Bailey with one apiece.
Under-10 Maroochydore 29 d Noosa 20
Before the last play of the game, only two points separated the teams and the result was still up for grabs. The Fins came to within one metre from sealing victory with the Swans pinned down at their try line, but Noosa couldn’t quite finish it off and a breakaway try sealed it for the opposition. Soren Manssen, Ashton Hart and Ashton Clark showed great talent and commitment, but it was James Gelling with outstanding tackling throughout the game who was ajudged the Domino’s Pizza Player of the Match. Try scorers: Lockie Dudgeon (2), Jarrah Charlesworth (2)
Under-13 Noosa 29 d SCGS 12
Led by captain Tom Payne with three tries and two conversions, the whole team followed. It was the classic arm wrestle rugby game with the scoreboard fluctuating constantly. With a Domino’s Pizza Player of the Match performance in attack and defence, Yvahn Allsworth showed all his rugby class today. Recent Rugby League representative convert, Jordan Sylvester demonstrated he has a bright future in the 15-man code scoring a five-pointer. The Sonny Payne, Spirit of Rugby award was presented to Harry Langbridge. It was a stellar display from the newly crowned backrower with numerous tackles, turnovers and topped off with scoring a try. Tries – Tom Payne (3), Jordan Sylvester (1), Harry Langbridge (1). Conversions – Tom Payne (2).
Under-14 SCGS 12 d Noosa 5
A good wake-up call for the boys. The game started well with forwards dominating, but the side soon lost structure, allowing Grammar to get on top. Try scored by Jed. Dominos Pizza Player of the Match – Jesse Russell