UNLUCKY: The injury to Tom Worman (pictured) was critical to Trinity’s chances. A DEPLETED Trinity First XV travelled to Daramalan College last Saturday. Trinity entered the match without five of their regular 1st XV players – four of whom were out through injury.
Halfback BJ Thomas (shoulder), number eight Jonathon Cudaj (knee), inside centre Harry Cummins (fractured nose) and prop Tom Andreatta (knee) all watched from the sideline. Trinity’s depth was sure to be tested up against Daramalan – a team sitting in fourth sport and showing improvement each week.
Although depleted with injury, Trinity was still able to field two full open teams with two reserves for seconds. With the help from a couple of under 16 players, they had enough backup to get through the day.
With so many changes it took the visitors time to settle into the match. A reshuffled Trinity backline looked disjointed at various times in the first half and Daramalan took full advantage, scoring three unanswered tries.
Trinity players were found out of position for the first try down the right hand side of the field. A poor decision in counter attack gifted Daramalan their second, while poor defence led to their third. Trinity was down 17-0 at halftime, a new experience for this team.
Trinity came out firing in the second half and was desperate to get back into the match. A strong run from flanker Jye Winters got them into good field position. Winger Earl Yandall finished off the play with a try. George Hewitt converted for a 17-7 score line.
Trinity got their second immediately from the kick off. Fullback Jack Worman gathered the ball close to his own line and began a memorable run. Worman held the ball in two hands and mesmerised the defensive line. After breaking through the first line of defence, Worman weaved his way through a number of cover defenders and finished up outpacing the opposition to score in the opposite corner. The Trinity supporters on hand were in raptures with excitement after seeing a great individual try.
At 17-12, it could have been either teams’ match and both outfits lifted their intensity. Trinity pressured the Daramalan line and a scuffle broke out which resulted in a player from both teams given his marching orders.
Both sides were left with only 14 players for the remainder of the game. Another reshuffle didn’t do any favours for Trinity, who already seemed unorganised. Daramalan’s defence held strong after the penalty was awarded to the visiting team.
The match took another twist soon after, however, when the Eagles had another player sent from the field – gifting Trinity an overlap. Trinity halfback Tom Worman was injured in the process of nearly scoring and the visitors again had to reshuffle their team.
A lack of cohesion was to be Trinity’s biggest problem. With a number of new players, and others out of position, Trinity struggled to find cohesion. Daramalan scored a late try to wrap-up proceedings 22-12.
Trinity is back at home on Wexted Oval this weekend. The first XV play Gungahlin while the 2nd XV play competition frontrunners Broulee.
Elsewhere on Saturday, the seconds suffered a 31-10 loss to Daramalan, the 16s went down to the Eagles 40-0, the under 14s black recorded a gutsy 21-12 home win over St Edmund’s, the under 13s green were kept try-less in a 17-0 loss to Marist, while the under 13s gold scored a nail-biting 21-19 over St Edmund’s in Canberra.
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