By Mark Giacheri
Randwick 18 versus West Harbour 43
It was a tough day at the office for Randwick at Coogee oval on Saturday. Despite the sunshine and our faithful home crowd we went down 18 to 43. The Randwick teams (first and second grade) were wrecked with a number of injuries and Wallaby squad members leaving for South Africa.
We played with conviction for the first 30 minutes and were on target to stick to our game plan. However our discipline let us down and we began to give away penalties, putting us on the wrong side of the refereeing. Wests scored in the last minutes of half time and returned to the field to score immediately as the second half begun. Randwick reacted with catch-up rugby and from there, the game went pear shaped. We didn't cope with the pressure from West Harbour and all credit to Wests, particularly their HSBC Waratahs centre Rory Sidey who grabbed a hat-trick with three tries. We were outscored six tries to two.
- Three points to Tom Tombleson, solid in defence and dangerous in attack, good all round performance as well as scoring our only two tries.
- Two points to John Tamanika, did all that was asked of him, strong in defence and some penetrating breaks in attack.
- One point to Lotu Taukeiaho, continues to prove to be our most consistent performer in the forwards.
Here are Tom Tombleson's tries:
With only three games to go Randwick cannot afford to waste any more opportunities. Our team will be the same this week as we tackle Eastwood at Coogee Oval on Saturday. We will be working very hard in training this week to ensure we take the field on Saturday with confidence and with our winning boots on.
It's Ladies Day on Saturday at Randwick - don't miss a great afternoon in the sun!
Colts - First Grade
By Ben Rutherford
West Harbour ran out convincing winners 64-13 in a one sided-affair at Concord Oval on Saturday. Facing an uphill battle following the loss of skipper Matt Slyney and the late withdrawal of fullback Ethan Ford, the Randwick side would go on to lose stand-in captain and flanker Bryce Speechley and lock Tom Wetherall to injury in the first 20 mins making the task even harder.
Starting the game well, Randwick led 6-0 before a domino effect of scrappy set piece ball and poor defence crept into the game and would lead to the big loss. However the positive for a much improved 1st Colts team in 2010 is the fact we remain in the top 6 and the hunt for a semi-final berth with two rounds to go.
Tane Parata-McMillan secured the three player points for his outstanding work rate across the park while halfback Liam Walker collected two points for his industrious effort in trying circumstances. Number 8 Zeb Holmes-Baer again provided strong go forward in attack to score one point.
Bring on the Woodies up at TG Millner field as we look to quickly rebound with a win. Up the Wicks!