Before a crowd of up to one thousand spectators, the Randwick Warriors U14 Greens won the B Division Grand Final v Blacktown last Sunday 27-14 at Nagle Park, Maroubra.
With Club Legend, Jeff Sayle, looking on, the boys ran out of the sheds through a passionate tunnel at Nagle Park pumped and ready to play.
Before the game, the team was rocked by news of injuries to outside backs Aaron Dimovitch and Jack Sherston as well as backrower Ethan King. Things didn't get any better when our No 8, Ben Zlattner, was taken off with a serious injury in the first few minutes of the game.
The depth of the squad was to be tested but the team dug deep and came up trumps.
Immediately, the Warriors showed their dominance at set piece with Darcy Sullivan nailing his throws and Matt Chapman reigning supreme in the lineout, while the first shove indicated that the opposition scrum was in for a tough afternoon. Big thanks to our front rowers: Joel Caltagirone-Pantano, Joe Morris, CJ Vaka'uta and Reeve Smith.
Good field position and quick taps led to three first half tries to backs Ethan Flanagan, Jack Hickey and James Elfes.
The boys turned into the strong breeze in the second half and had to muscle up in defence. Alex Elder led the way in D with Taine Vilo and Michael Hill also prominent. Strong runs from vice captain Clem Halaholo, Davvy Moale and Bradley King and excellent tactical kicking from Zac McConnell allowed the Warriors to dominate the half. At the back end of the half, Harrison Marsh and Rasharyn Marr combined beautifully on the right side which resulted in a close call for winger Adar Barhaim, while captain, Klayton Thorn, scored an important try from close range. The final and fifth try was a great example of team work as two try hero James Elfes scored in the corner.
NSW Waratah Irae Simone was on hand to present the trophy, but not before the boys sang McNamara's Band with gusto. A special moment.
The boys will be looking forward to a break followed by some off season training with the Randwick Academy. After that, bring on A Division!
The Grand Final win was a culmination of a massive swing to rugby union in this age group this year resulting in the Randwick Warriors Club fielding two U14 teams and a competitive Randwick Rep team
Finally the U14 Age Group would like to congratulate the Randwick Warriors Club on its organisation of Grand Final Day (4 U14 Divisional Grand Finals). A watershed moment for the club.