On Saturday the Under 13 Lions travelled to the Blue Mountains to take on Blue Mountains Grammar School. The task of winning was always going to be difficult with a lack of numbers however the boys started well scoring the opening try through Noah Siede. The opposition struck back immediately and unfortunately for the Lions, this lifted their confidence and they capitalised. There were many opportunities for the Lions to score but ball security proved to be a problem throughout the game. This allowed BMGS to turn over position and score around the edges. Dramel Ross played well with some inspiring runs whilst Charlie Rendell worked hard at the breakdown. 3 – Noah Siede, 2 -Charlie Rendell, 1 -Dramel Ross.
On the weekend we travelled to the mountains to play the second match of the season with BMGS. The boys trained particularly well during the week and were well prepared. We were focused from the kick off where we received the ball and from that point on dominated possession and rarely let BMGS get into the game. From the start of the first half we quickly sent the ball through the hands were Will Stanmore sliced his way through the defense to score his first of many tries on the day. Not long after James Edwards weaved his way through from the 22 to score under the posts. Again Will Stanmore (4) demonstrated his speed and agility working his way through several BMGS players to score three more tries. We ended the first half with another fantastic try from a broken play with Harry Price powering his way through the defense. At the Half we were up 40 to 5. In the second we continued our strong play and solid defense. We did not allow BMGS to score and we continued to earn points with solid performances from both the forwards and the backs. Riley Monico, Benjamin Radford, James Edwards (2) and Guy Neill rounded out the scoring. Angus Parsons was sharp with the boot on the day going 8 for 10 for the extra points. All 19 players had plenty of game time and both Luke and I were very impressed with the sportsmanship of the boys. Final Score SASC 66 BMGS 5. Best Performances: Riley Monico, William Stanmore, James Edwards, Harry Price, Tom Hare, Hamish Siegert, Angus Parsons. Coaches: D. Bailey and L. Newman.
U16 SASC rugby came up against Blue Mountains Grammar for our first game back from the holidays on Saturday the 27th of July. Blue Mountains, only having 10 players forfeited the match beforehand. As our team has over 20 players we lent them 5 of our own. We ran out onto the field with an open mind focused on the game ahead. The first half was tough as we only barely managed to maintain the lead. We were able to score early in the second half to extend the lead. With Blue Mountains refusing to give up they held our lead to only 10 points with the scores 29 to 19. Tries scored by: Charlie Harris, Samuel Lloyd, Jack Van Yzendoorn, Darnell Polsen and Lachlan Beath. Thanks to all of the boys who played for Blue Mountains Grammar. A special thanks to Murray for taking us for the day.
Game 2 of our series against St. Stanislaus’ College 5th XV took place on their home turf last Saturday. With more than a month since our last game, it was going to be interesting to see the extent of the cobwebs that had been allowed to form over our game play. The first ten minutes of the match showed that, once again, the two sides were well-matched in terms of ability and also set the tone for the remainder of the encounter. Stannies’ game plan called for multiple forward phases, before releasing possession to their backline. Our defensive line remained steadfast in repelling the phases, and backline defensive pressure allowed us to gain field position and possession through forcing opposition errors. In contrast, our ball-work was more expansive, and we were able to make very good metres over the advantage line with determined running exhibited by both our forwards and our backs. Unfortunately, this expansiveness often backfired too soon, with handling errors presenting possession back to our opponents. Eventually these patterns of play resulted in Stannies scoring three tries during the match through sustained attacks close to our try line, although our defence in these situations forced Stannies to toil hard on each occasion. Arguably the play of the day belonged to our five-eighth Gareth Faulkner, who received the ball thirty metres from the Stannies line, sold a dummy that took in the Stannies’ defensive line – and most of the spectators, and then weaved his way through the secondary cover defence to score between the posts. (Max Cholakos may argue, however, that his conversion drew more acclaim from the team and the sideline!) The final scoreline of 17 – 7 in Stannies’ favour was well-deserved. It also sets up for an exciting series decider in two weeks’ time.
On Saturday 27 July Scots All Saints College First XV competed against the Blue Mountains Grammar School at BMGS. The SASC played their second round of 12 v 12 and even with the decreased number of players our boys rose to the occasion to play a different style of football than we are used to and I am incredibly proud of what they have achieved so far. Our First XV came on top with a considerable score, however even with the score looming above them the BMGS First XV never gave up and never stopped playing fair, and for that, I cannot thank them enough.
On Saturday 27th July, the Greats played a very competitive and close game against Bulldogs Sparkling Diamonds. The Bulldogs have just moved into NetSetGo from Transition. All team members played exceptionally well, demonstrating lots of skills that they have learnt at training. Our shooters Emily, Sybilla, Claire and Tess did a fantastic job moving around the circle with very tough defence. Our defence were great at shadowing their players and getting the rebounds. At the end of the game I was so proud to see our team be genuinely happy to see the opponent win for the first time this season! Enjoy the bye this weekend.
Miss Murray (SASC Greats Coach)
The Hotshots played a fierce game on Saturday against the Panthers Pride smashing the scoreboard with a 15 point lead. Ellie and Tarani formed a great partnership in the circle finding their groove by the 3rd and final quarter. Much work was done in defence and a big shout out to Monique and Indiya for some really great intercepts and work in the defensive circle. The ball was continually forced up our end due to their hard work. Great work on centre from Polly and Alexis and in our wings some fantastic passes coming between Bridget, Grace. Anmol your height puts us at such an advantage, you always had your arms outstretch ready to catch that ball. Well done team!
Mrs Phillips (SASC Hotshots Coach)
On Saturday 27th July, the Stars played against the Superstars Hotshots in a brilliant match. Despite having a two week holiday, this game was an outstanding reflection of how far the players have come this season with their skills in netball. Their passing and teamwork skills were excellent, ensuring that they were constantly moving whilst shadowing their opposition. Elisabeth Jenkins was our Player of the Week this week for her accurate shooting and intercepting. Well done Stars – I can’t wait to see what the rest of this season brings! Our next game will be played against Panthers Blayney Net on 3rd August at 12.10pm on Court 4.
Miss Arthurs (SASC Stars Coach)
Under 6s Brumbies
On Saturday, the Brumbies played well and had fun. Ben Alexander received player of the match for his all round performance and sportsmanship.
Under 6s Leopards
Well done Leopards on a great match! We had everything from massive kicks that lead to goals, trick kicks and fancy footwork all happening in this game. It was a really enjoyable with each player showing their individual strengths and giving their all. Well done Leopards! Player of the match was Perrin.
Under 6s Meerkats
Meerkats are progressing well after their holiday. Fair play, passing and enthusiasm were highlights of Saturday.
Under 6s Wolves
What a tough match we played against Macquarie United Wildcats! It was a true challenge, yet the team kept their good spirits and fought every ball. There was a display of great sportsmanship, courage and skills by the Wolves, who did their best on the day. Sadly, we were outnumbered in the score tally, but what is really impressive is that the Wolves never gave up. The medal this week was really a tough one, as everyone did such a wonderful job on the field. However, Thomas’ performance on the day was excellent and so he took home the Player of the Week Medal.
Under 7s Emus
The emus were lucky to field a side on Saturday, but with a core group and Isaac Munns putting in an incredible cameo appearance they did very well. Dylan and Jacob were playing everywhere in attack and defence. Hayden was making some strong runs as usual with Lucas who also took home the player of the match medal with his non-stop enthusiasm on the ball just as he predicted prior to the game.
Under 8s Lions
Our U8s Lions had another win this weekend with a 3-1 victory over Collegians. Once again, our passing and game awareness continued to develop, and our sportsmanship was also pleasing to witness. Goals this week were scored by Sebastian De Gabriel, Aleki Finau and Jackson Munns. Our Player of the week went to Divjot Nat for handling a couple of on field situations with maturity. Well done team! Proud of your efforts.
Under 9s Thunder
The Thunder took on Eglinton Blue on Saturday and thanks to some good attacking work and saves from our goal keepers this was a very close game. Hayden pulled off the save of the season in goals as he miraculously saved a penalty shot from right in front. Similarly, Harrison made some great saves in the second half. Felix scored a great first half goal to give the Thunder a 1-0 lead going into the break. The second half was a tightly fought contest with both teams having several shots at goal. Emily made a great pass to set up our forwards but we just couldn’t find the back of the net. Eglinton scored a couple of late goals but the Thunder should hold their heads high for another fine effort. It is wonderful to watch the improvement each week.
Under 9s Lightning
The Lightning had a good win over Eglinton Yellow. Thank you to Mr Dunstall who has stepped into the coaching role in recent weeks. It was very exciting to witness Louis’ first goal of the season. All the players did a tremendous job playing as a team and displayed fine sportsmanship. Keep up the great work Lightning!
The Scots All Saints U10’s played Bathurst 75 Glory and played their best game of the season. Even though almost every player was allocated into an unfamiliar position, they demonstrated just how much they have improved in playing as a team. Timing passes, clear calling and backing each other up were key to their last performance.