Young Reds roll on

BUST: Niles Cather got over the advantage line time and again. THE Tablelands Reds under 15s continued to turn their season around with an excellent win on Saturday.
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From the kick-off the Goulburn forwards controlled the ball for the next eight phases before an error from Burgmann College allowed Isaac Walker to slot a penalty goal.

From the ensuing restart Goulburn again controlled the ball with Zach Cutmore and Chris Boardman making punishing runs, which allowed a good try to be scored wide out by hard running second rower Josh Humphries.

That try started to bring the best out in Burgmann and from the kick they worked their way towards the Goulburn 22 metre zone, where a lapse in defence allowed them to slip over for a converted try.

After a good rev up from the coaching staff the Goulburn boys again took control, carrying the ball forward deep into Burgmann’s territory and from a series of good rucks and forward drives, Isaac was able to find a gap and score beside the posts for a converted try.

The remainder of the first half was a tough contest. The hosts showed superior rucking and mauling techniques and closed the stanza out with a try to Connor Sheen. The Reds led 18-7 at the interval.

The second half continued in the same manner as the first, with Goulburn controlling the ball from rucks and lineouts to effect, although they struggled against the strong Burgmann scrum. Twice hooker Jack Leanne pilfered the ball from the centre of the scrum only to shake his head in disbelief as the Burgmann pack pushed their opponents off the ball.

The coaches have no doubt been putting the Reds’ pack through its paces at training this week.

The backline, however, worked nicely, with Zach Hannan, George Boardman and Niles Cather breaking the advantage line on several occasions.

Late in the half a long down field run by James Finch and Logan Flints was cut only metres short by some excellent defence. A late penalty goal to Isaac and a try to Burgmann on full-time resulted in a solid 21-12 win to the Goulburn boys.

Best for the home team were Jack Leanne, Connor Sheen, Niles Cather, James Finch and Zac Cutmore. Players’ player went to Josh Humphries (who is looking like a real gain this year).

The under 15s’ next home is a again a must-win affair. The Reds will take on St Edmund’s at Carry Confoy from 11.30am tomorrow.

Under 16s notch first div one win

THE Tablelands Reds under 16s achieved their first win of the 2012 season on Saturday in the top division. Kevin Kara’s boys notched a hard, well deserved win against a fancied Canberra Grammar team.

First to score was Goulburn via a barnstorming run from Ben Storrier, with the try converted by Kurt Southwell.

Grammar’s reply was swift with some good forward play resulting in a long backline run and try.

The Goulburn forwards continued to make inroads, gaining valuable territory from Grammar. This was achieved by some excellent hit ups from Jourdan Mita and some clever snipping around the scrums and rucks by Nick Tabner. Brendan Mulready also played well around the scrum base and is developing into a very competent footballer.

Further tries were scored by Nick Tabner, Josh Chilko and Darcy Hedley, with Kurt’s Southwell continuing to kick accurately. The Reds took the match 26-21.

Best for the victorious 16s were Jourdan Mita, Ben Storrier, Nick Tabner and Brendan Mulready.

The 16s take on Trinity tomorrow at home and will need all the support they can muster to enable them to continue on their winning way.




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