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By Club Captain, Tommy Evans
One of the longest summers Sydney’s ever experienced came to an end last week, and we were greeted with a wet and windy day down at Coogee Oval. Finally, all of the pommy and Irish backpackers were able to roam the local streets freely, boosting the crowd numbers throughout the day. It was also our first ‘Super Saturday’ for the season, meaning that colts and grade were all in it together as we headed over the bridge to belt some blokes in green.
The Brotherhood are working on a new tactic this year. In 2016 we were minor premiers but didn’t win the top crown, and then in 2017 we finished 2nd and still couldn’t get our hands on the elusive Henderson Cup. This year we’ve have decided to change tack, and instead, we’ve decided to lose heaps of easy games early in the year to lure our rivals into a false sense of security. Then we’ll win a few matches before half the team goes to Europe in July, where we’ll no doubt lose a couple more. We’ll finish 6th, sneaking into the finals before flogging everyone in our way as we march onto the grand final. On September 1st at roughly 10:31am, we’ll be holding the Henderson Cup and it’ll be a story for the ages.
Leading 19-5 with eight minutes left on the clock, everyone on the sideline was worried the boys weren’t going to be able to pull off another loss as per th
e plan. But, alas, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and we let them score three late tries with absolute aplomb. We’ve now lost five games this season, equalling the number of losses we had in the last two seasons combined. Paul Cully in the Sydney Morning Herald has written us off, so our plan is in full swing.
Norths 19 (Tries: #3 Ash Hall (not a typo), #11 Matt O’Brien, #19 Blake Walsh; Goals: #10 Jack Rixon 2), Randwick 24
Threes had a great win, coming up against a team of overflow U20s rep players. Due to the sheer number of Australian representatives in their colts, app
arently, they’re well over the ‘points cap’ and have to send a handful of them into 3rd grade. Well, these young blokes got a lesson in the real world of club rugby, with Paddy Olver and Oscar Doughty rinsing their big runners time and time again. Alex Ironside came back into the team after taking a couple of weeks off with a cold and made an immediate impact with some strong pilfers.
The boys are 4 from 6 and building some nice momentum, despite the constant chopping and changing each week due to the club’s high injury toll. Stokesy is also known to be a very caring coach, and I’ve been told that he happily hosed each of the players down after training on Tuesday to make sure they were properly cleaned after a tough session.
Norths 17 (Tries: #1 Dylan Santone 2; Goals: #1 Dylan Santone), Randwick 7
It was interesting to note how each of the second grade players prepare for their match on game day. Declan Carroll likes to get the perfect Instagram photo, George Murrin goes to work on his colouring book (gotta stay within those lines, mate!) and Joe Dawson stares at himself in the mirror for 2 hours while listening to Creed.
Unfortunately, the boys couldn’t bring home the bacon on this occasion, going down to a pretty handy Randwick team, 33-20. They were in the game until the last ten minutes, which was pretty disappointing because the Wicks had a couple of funny looking props in their side.
Norths 20 (Tries: #7 Hugh Taylor 2, #12 Daniel Hiep; Goals: #11 Connor Winchester), Randwick 33
Ones pulled off another strong bonus point win, staying undefeated in 2018. Jordy Heyer had a solid game back in the 13 jersey, and you’d hope so after the amount of carry on leading into the match. He drove in with a big sign on his car’s rear windshield saying, “Hey! I’m back playing first grade! Honk if you’re pumped for me!!!” After only receiving a token honk for textin
g and not seeing the light change to green, he was seen walking around the ground telling everybody he saw that he was back in the side.
The win was bittersweet, however, as crowd favourite James Brown played his last game in the red and black. Browny’s moving back home to Fiji to be back with his young family. Browny you’ve been immense for this club ever since you first pulled on the jersey, and we’re incredibly thankful for everything you’ve done to contribute to our success. You were a pillar in the 2016 premiership and we wish you all the best as you continue on with the next chapter in your life. Hopefully we can fly you back for the finals!
Norths 28 (Tries: #7 Taylor Francis 2, #13 Jordy Heyer, #24 Kali Tawake; Goals: #10 Angus Sinclair 3), Randwick 17
The colties came up against some quality opposition and threw everything at them in all three matches. It wasn’t enough for 1s and 2s though, as they went down 39-7 and 38-7 respectively. However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom as the thirsty thirds had a cracking win, getting up 29-19. Apparently, every bloke had a blinder, but #8 Nick Bracken, #4 Duncan Cranston and #10 Tom Simeon were monsters.
TEAM OF THE WEEK:
3rd grade colts. Apparently, coach Terry Cook is still at the Coogee bowlo.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Ashley Hall, 4th grade. The bloke has played nearly 200 games for the club and scored his first try on the weekend at the ripe age of 38. Very inspirational stuff.
6 rounds out of 18 done! The season is absolutely flying by. This week we’re back at home against the Parramatta Two Blues, which is always a physical contest. I look forward to seeing plenty of you out at North Sydney Oval!