Junior league and union reports

Run hard: Philip Gordon makes a run for the tryline in the Rams Under 9's match against the Wests Blue on the weekend. Photo: Supplied.
Run hard: Philip Gordon makes a run for the tryline in the Rams Under 9's match against the Wests Blue on the weekend. Photo: Supplied.

RUGBY LEAGUE

UNDER 6 BLACK vs Bungendore U6 Orange, Sunday May 13

The U6 Black team brushed off last week’s loss and went out firing on Mother’s Day against the Bungendore Tigers. Cruz Dunley started the match with a big kickoff and instantly proved he was in for a big game. Cruz defended, hungry for the ball and chased the tigers with conviction. It was no different when the ball was tucked under his arm and the try line was in sight, scoring a lightning fast try for his team. Toby Waters, already a future star, has only gotten stronger. His tackles were low and tough, and when running the ball he pushed through the row of defenders with a mighty force. Zane Goode had a serious need for speed this week. No Tiger could outrun him, he would chase and launch himself around their ankles and not let go until they dropped. He put points on the board with a super-fast run, finding a gap in the defence to put the ball down over the try line in style. Ashton Curtis, fresh off his first ever try last week was more determined than ever. He was right in the tackling game, working as a team to defend and also displayed he is capable of speed when the ball is passed to him and the wing is open, scoring a try after a full length run up the field. Lachlan Kesby stopped the Tigers in their tracks, his acceleration no match, giving his all and running the Tigers down. And he didn’t stop there, the speed machine was just too good, scoring two cracking tries in the game. Heath Wood had some huge hit ups, chewing up plenty of metres each time, once resulting in a full length try. And when defending it was no different, putting an end to the Tigers runs with quick, focused chases. Billy Buser sat the first quarter off and when it was time to play, he didn’t muck around. His first touch of the ball resulted in a duck and weave quest for try line. He didn’t stop impressing the crowd all game, scoring a total of 4 tries for the magpies with his strong and fast legs. Harry Donoghue showed courage with some big tackles, grabbing hold of the running Tigers and bringing them down by their shirts. He ran with confidence often into a wall of Tiger defence, as hard as he could. And his efforts paid off, scoring a superb try in the last quarter. Final score: 44-24. Tries: Billy 4, Lachlan 2, Zane 1, Heath 1, Cruz 1, Ashton 1, Harry 1. Player of the week: Ashton Curtis.

UNDER 6 WHITE vs Bungendore U6 Black, Sunday May 13

With a cracking 36 – 20 win to U6 White, both sides played some phenomenal footy, with great running attack and some bone rattling tackles. Once again Trae Douven, Henry Gooley and Mark Davis led from the front with 2 tries each and some great cover defence. Izabella Blayden, Logan Gray and Troy Davis also had a day to remember with brilliant individual tries, to add to their strong defensive efforts. Leading the way up front, Sam Masters and Reese Flynn provided some great hit ups and anyone would think they had been playing for years. Jackson Crisp also built on previous weeks performances with his best run of the season so far. Our Player of the Week went to Izabella Blayden. Izabella had an outstanding game with her first try of the year coming from a length of the field run. Bella tries her hardest week in week out and is always strong in defence and attack. She has proven herself a valuable asset to our team and we look forward to her continuing her great form.

UNDER 7 BLACK

The Under 7s Black put in another solid team performance, and the stand out with 5 tries was Charlie Jamieson. The boys won 36-4 and with time running out until they take to the field without the coach with them they are showing how well they will handle having to make their own decisions which is very pleasing .

UNDER 8 WHITE vs UNDER 8 BLACK

This week the U8 White team took on the U8 Black team, a battle they were all looking forward to. The White team didn’t come away with a win but they all enjoyed the game. All the kids played very well attacking the other team’s line and defending theirs. Angus scored our only try with a great run, one of many. Player of the day was Isaac. I can’t think of a player who is more deserving. Isaac’s attack is inspiring and he’s given his all every week.

UNDER 9 BLACK vs Bungendore U9 Black

The Under 9 Black team took on a strong Bungendore Tigers Black team and were unlucky to come off on the wrong side of the 28 – 20 score line. Jimmy Regan walked away with player of the day, making some strong runs and tackles and crossing the line for his first try playing league. Sutherland Holliday was top of defence and also crossed the line for a sneaky short dive to score through the defence line and kicked a conversion. Jack Jamieson was consistently strong in both attack and defence. The little guy with the big heart just does not stop and was unlucky to cross the tryline. He also kicked a conversion. Logan Collins looks like he’s loving being back on the field this year and is playing some strong and consistent football. William Hall had some moves at dummy half and made some good runs. Liam Beeten and Tyler Smith got in and gave it all a good hard crack too. Thanks to George Foran, Lewis Jones and Jack Ryan for doubling up this week. And while we’re on doubles, Jack Ryan greatly assisted his Black teammates out scoring a double off the bench and kicking a conversion.

UNDER 9 WHITE vs Bungendore U9 White

The Under 9 White took on a less drilled Bungendore White team and came out on top of the 44 – 20 score line notching up their first win of the season. Jack Ryan all warmed up ran in another massive 4 tries and kicked a conversion. He was just too strong for the White’s defence line. George Foran was also too strong and fast crossing the line for two tries. George’s strong and consistent play seen him come away with player of the day. Brodie Poidevin Warden crossed the line for his first try of the season reminding everyone how much speed he keeps in those legs. Alex Bell was consistent in attack and defence and converted two goals. Lewis was the White’s other converter for the day and is really learning his way around the footy field. Brock Lenon showed his strength with some good solid runs and Fergus Green showed some great support to the team. Jack Jamieson, William Hall and Logan Collins played the double today also backing up for the White. Jack Jamieson demonstrated his never drop enthusiasm racking up some more runs and kicking a conversion. Logan Collins was like the energizer bunny and kicked up his play another notch to score a try and kick a conversion. Congrats on your first win boys!

MAGPIES UNDER 10 vs Valley Dragons U10

This week the Under 10s Magpies played at home against a well drilled Valley Dragons. The Magpies showed an impressive improvement in all areas of the game. Sam Hewett was all over the field in defence and there were quite a few strong runs from Lochie Hossenloge and Will Mihaljavic. It was an extremely close game but our boys never gave up and came out on top with a 24 – 20 win! Yass showed great enthusiasm and energy on the field and impressed everyone with their kicking skills. Tries to Will Mihaljavic, Max Buser and two to Jett McGrath. Goals to Will Mihaljavic, Max Buser, James Martens and Hugh Merriman. Today’s stand out players were Will Mihaljavic, Jett McGrath, Lochie Hossenloge, Hugh Merriman,  Sam Hewett and Abbie Walls. Sam Hewett was awarded the Player of The Match. Great work by all the Under 10s.

MAGPIES UNDER 11 vs Goulburn U11

The Under 11s had another home game this weekend after the bye, coming up against Goulburn. Jayda Danilczak started off the day’s point scoring frenzy at the beginning of the first half with Connor Shepherd making a successful conversion. The points kept on coming with Joey Timmer and Kylan Ebert both running close to the length of the field and scoring tries, having Kyle Shoard and Baxter Sicily converting both attempts. Oscar Sargent and Shaun Bell worked hard in the middle to keep Goulburn scoreless, leaving an 18- nil score at half time. The second half seen Goulburn push hard down the field and scoring their first points of the game. The Magpies worked hard with their outstanding goal line defence, holding Goulburn out for as long as they could before the opposition snuck back in, converting and taking the score to 18-12. Some tough carries taken down the field allowed the magpies to lengthen their lead with Tom Jamieson adding more points and Joey jumping over for a double, finishing the day off with a 28-12 score line. 

MAGPIES UNDER 12s

The Under 12’s unfortunately came off on the wrong side of a 24 – 0 scoreline this week. Good luck this weekend when you take on Gungahlin Bulls Red at Nicholls.

MAGPIES UNDER 13s

The Under 13s had a bye this weekend which is just what was needed after some tough team changes. Good luck in your first game this weekend as an Under 13s team when you take on Woden Weston Gold at North Curtin.

RUGBY UNION

RAMS UNDER 9s WHITE

A terrific second game of the season was played by the Yass Rams Whites U9s team on Saturday. We saw stellar tries scored by Simon, Angus and Jack. Defence was on fire with terrific tackles by Phillip, Harry, Digby and Declan. We also saw some powerful sprints down the wing by Charlie, Katie and Dougal. All up a brilliant team effort and a terrific game to watch! Score: Wests Blue 30 def Yass 20

RAMS UNDER 11s

Yass Rams Under 11s travelled to Red Hill on a cold and wet day to play Grammar in the second game of the 2018 season.  The first 10 minutes were tightly contested before Owen Hopwood made a clean break down the left side leaving 5 Grammar defenders in his wake to open the scoring. The Rams were up 5-0. The big Rams forwards then started to crank it up. Monty Hyles made three punishing runs off penalties, terrorising the Grammar boys with his hard, straight running. The Rams put multiple phases together, building pressure. A promising raid down the left edge saw new recruit, Jack Kelk throw a great inside ball to Angus Pack who wrong footed the Grammar defence, pinned his ears back and dived in scoring under the posts. Maurie Hyles added the extras, 12-0 to Yass. Grammar then fought back and scored a good try after a sustained passage of play.  From the subsequent kick off, Owen Hopwood stole a turn over David Pocock would have been proud of and Baxter Sicily saw a hole on the blind side, sprinting off to score under the posts. At oranges, the Rams lead the home side 19-5. The opening of the second half saw the Rams tenaciously defending their line under relentless Grammar attack. Grammar crossed the line but the committed Rams forwards held up the would-be scorer forcing a 5-metre scrum. The big Rams pack then cranked it up a gear, winning a tight head against the feed and setting the slick Rams backs off on a counter attack. Maurie Hyles made a clean break after a number of good phases of play, scoring at the other end of the field. He converted his own try putting the Rams up 26-5. Grammar appeared a little deflated by this score. Yass ran in a further 3 tries, two to Baxter Sicily and one to Owen Hopwood. Both boys showed great individual skill to capitalise on a dominant display by the Yass forwards, who did great work in the second half to close down Grammars hopes by starving them of the ball. All in all, a great team effort by Yass. All of the forwards hunted as a pack with Rafa Waugh, Alex Scanlan, Clancy Ritchard and Monty Hyles all having solid games. Stand out performances of note were from new recruit Samuel McCrudden and old hand Jack Harding whose cleanouts and general scrummaging in the second half ensured Yass had a pile of ball to work with. In the backs, try scorers Baxter Sicily, Owen Hopwood and Maurie Hyles all had great games.  They were well supported by Angus Pack, Rory Arneman, Jude Barry and Luke Hewlett. New recruit Jack Kelk made a number of clean breaks in a solid performance. Fortunately, the early showers cleared for most of the game. The boys travel to Lyneham next week to take on Uni-Norths. The early signs are that this could be a great year for the Rams! Yass 43 defeated Grammar 5 at Red Hill. Tries: Baxter Sicily 3; Owen Hopwood 2; Angus Pack and Maurie Hyles 1. Conversions: Maurie Hyles 3; Baxter Sicily 1.

RAMS UNDER 12s

The Under 12 Rams played Easts at Curtin and went down 41 to 12. The score didn’t reflect the closeness of the game with the Rams being right in the contest throughout the match. A great try was scored early in the match by Ben Robertson to put the Rams in an early lead. Charlie Hall followed this up in the second half with a try scored on his debut. The Rams forwards had a great game with Charlie Hall, Ben Robertson and Jack Field tough in defence and attack. The backs played well with Malakai Vea having a great game and Owen Hughes being among the best. The points this week went to: 3 pts: Charlie Hall; 2 pts: Malakai Vea; 1 pt: Ben Robertson.