Rugby Report

Mr Adrian Blundell – Director of Rugby

Rd 6 vs Gregory Terrace

TSS Old Boys Day, 25th August, 2018

A huge thank you to the entire community who helped raise $10,500 for the Conor Tweedy foundation on Saturday! Conor was the Second XV player from GT who suffered a tragic spinal injury earlier in the year. GT Headmaster, Dr Carrol was astounded at the generosity. Pictured below with both First XV Captains and TSS Headmaster Greg Wain.


First XV TSS 60 – GT 45

Old boys weekend saw a very good crowd surround the Village Green, or in rugby circles, the Shark Tank. As this was the final home game, the year twelves had an even greater emotional commitment to the game. Campbell Parata had another strong game scoring two, kicking six conversions and just missing two more after the ball hit the upright and he landed one penalty kick.

Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

GT kicked off, quickly regained possession and maintained pressure in the attacking half for most of the next ten minutes and finally they scored. Hamish Roberts made a fine forty metre break, Dion Samuela a great fifty metre kick and soon after the ball got to Reno Gerrard for him to score. A kick to the GT fullback allowed their players to run the ball back some sixty metres and score. Boyd Radel made a good break and a quick recycle got the ball to Campbell to dummy and score.

Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

A loose ball at the back of a lineout was pounced on by a GT player who raced thirty metres to score. Zane Nonggorr made an exciting break and the ball got feed to Campbell again to dummy and run twenty metres to score. A well-executed backline move saw Ronan Kapi slice through and avoid four defenders in his thirty run to score and the half time score was 31-17. Ronan made a number of stepping runs and displayed strong defence through the game.

Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

The forwards were doing very well in the lineouts and dominated again in the scrums which was well illustrated early in the second half with GT getting pushed well backward and from the penalty a couple phases of play and Reno scored near the corner. A near similar situation not long after saw Zane show his ball handling skills with a nice short pass to put Boyd Radel through a gap and he had a short run to score and things looked pretty positive with the score 45-17.

Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

From the kick-off GT regained the loose ball and phase play saw them just score right in the corner. After GT received a penalty near their posts they ran the ball and scored near the corner and the kick hit the upright and stayed in for another two points. After the kick-off was regained, Zane made another crowd pleasing run of thirty metres to score near the corner.

Tom van der Schyff caught the following kick-off, made a strong break, passed to Zane who then passed to Hamish for him to race the last forty metres to score. Reno scored again and the GT made two big breaks down the sideline to score the last two tries which took the gloss off the final score, which was 60-45.

Coaches’ points; Honourable mentions went to Spencer Jeans, Tom van der Schyff and Wilson Blyth. Zane Nonggorr 1, Campbell Parata 2, and Ronan Kapi 3.

Second XV TSS 65 – GT 0

The continued success of the TSS Second XV was highlighted by a big article in the Courier Mail this week. To be honest the article could have mentioned the whole of the TSS Opens Rugby program which has a reputation of building resilience from the junior ages into a very competitive GPS age group by Year 12. The Second XV had another big win on Saturday and it all started with a great try by the athletic Lachlan Bruce.

Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

It’s hard to single out one player as the whole team played well on Saturday. I like watching Clay Hoare weave his magic on the wing and he cut through the GT defence on many occasions. Clay scored two awesome tries and was well supported by Lachie who crossed the line again. Alex Walker was at his speedy best and he had his jet boots on Saturday putting in some outstanding runs down the wing. Alex crossed the Terrace line but also set up others with a 70 metre run down the right wing. Also on the score sheet was Marlon Jones, Beau Douglas and Tyson Spisich. In the backs Wilson Statham showed he can score from any position and popped over for a good try to keep the scoreboard ticking over. This was a real team effort and there was some excellent combinations in the forwards and backs. Tyler Wright converted most of the tries from both sides of the field and linked well with Lachlan McInnes at scrum half. The Courier Mail highlighted the strengths of TSS Rugby and the Second XV lived up to that reputation. This was an excellent win.

Third XV TSS 29 – GT 7

The 3rd XV started at pace quickly recycling the ball and hitting the line at speed. The first person to shine was big Jedd Wilson who made a cracking break to feed the TSS attack. It didn’t take long before TSS combined to score a good try where Jedd used his skill to cross the line. Charlie hit the post with a conversion attempt from out wide 5-0 to TSS . The forwards continued to offload in the tackle and Hamish Dight scored a good try to lift the Scoreline to 10-0. Terrace tried to get back in the game but under extreme pressure Grady Sinclair surprised the opposition with his speed and intercepted a GT pass to sprint 10 to 20 metres to score a game changing try. TSS led  17-0 after Charlie Bindon converted. Duke Robertson played a strong game at flyhalf and he has formed a good partnership with his scrum half Charlie Bindon. It didn’t take long in the second half for Dean Burton to pounce on a loose ball and drive over for a try,. TSS were in front of GT by 22 points with 18 minutes to play. Terrace never gave up and forced their way into the TSS half and scored a good try. Then Grady, Jedd and Henry all continued to work their magic up front and this saw winger Fraser Donald weave his way through the GT defence to score a great try 29-7. GT couldn’t break the TSS defence in the closing minutes so it saw the home side post another fantastic victory. Well done boys a well deserved win 29-7.

Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

Fourth XV TSS 29 – GT 7

In glorious sunshine the Fourths started well moving the ball quickly across the backline. The first try came from a great run by giant Ethan Mahon who flicked it back inside to speedy Jack Wiki to score. Charlie Cox stepped up to convert and the score line read 7-0 to TSS. The greasy conditions made handling difficult and TSS decided to Charlie Cox to kick a close range penalty and lead 10 – 0 at halftime. TSS started the second spell with Ben Kinivan on fire, he always runs hard in attack and his purple headgear is never far from the action. Jack Jones also got into the action and started to exploit a few gaps in the Terrace backline. JJ had another fine run and passed to Jack Rayner in space to see TSS gain a 15-0 lead midway through the second half. Hunter Grady stole a GT ball to set up another counter attack and that set up Joe Thompson for an awesome break who linked to Ryley Harte who then passed to the skipper Mahon to score another try. This was converted by Charlie Cox. TSS lead 22-0 with 5 minutes to go only to see Ben Kinivan burst towards the line and set up a nice gap for Joe Thompson to score a great try. Charlie was like a machine with his boot and converted in front of the posts. A great win for the Fourths 29-7.

Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

Fifth XV TSS 19 – GT 19  

This was always going to be a close match with a strong looking TSS Fifith XV up against a talented Terrace backline. GT were the first to get on the scoreboard but TSS fought back to level the scores 7-7 with a great try by Oscar Churchill. This was  converted by TJ Rigby. Terrace continued to pressure the TSS goal line and took the lead 12-7 just before halftime. Coach Rutherford gave the boys a tune up in the break and Marcus Turnbull powered over to get the try. TJ kicked a great conversion and TSS were suddenly leading 14-12. Then TSS fired up a gear and the versatile Tom Fuhrmann found a gap on the blindside to score a great try. TSS were now looking good up by seven points 19-12. The game then swung back towards GT who broke down the right to score a good team try and convert 19-19. Both Howy Bassingtwaite and  Connor O’Neil both made good breaks but lacked the support to finish it off. TSS lost a little focus in the last 10 minutes and gave away a number of penalties. In the end they were a little lucky to hold on to a draw but there is nothing like an exciting game of Fifths rugby.

16A TSS 24 – GT 7

This was a tremendously hard fought contest with TSS winning 24-7. The momentum was always with TSS who put together two very competitive halves of Rugby.

Gregory Terrace tried valiantly to match the pressure applied by TSS but fell short as both TSS forwards and backs were entirely focussed on their performances.

Try scorers were Simon Gray, Caid Jenkins, Jordan Sergis and Jonathan Burnett. Hudson Meyer converted twice.

Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

16B TSS 17 – GT 21

An indifferent day by the team going down narrowly 17-21. Accuracy with the boot was the only difference between the teams who scored 3 tries apiece. There were times

when it looked like the opposition was going to run away with the game but the boys dug their heels in making it a very tight and even contest. Both Backs and Forwards put in 100 per cent efforts. Try scorers were Dion Knight, Hunter Beirne and Sam Heathwood. Hunter Beirne converted the once.

16C TSS 21 – GT 12

This was a great contest with TSS sustaining the most pressure and winning 21-12. Again like all 16 games today it was a great battle with neither side giving in at any stage.

The speed of the outside backs when they got the ball was the difference between the two teams. Try scorers were Joe Fuhrmann 2 and Will Booth. Matthew Dalton converted all 3 tries.

16D TSS 22 – GT 19

This game was a real nail biter with TSS scoring in the last minute winning 22-19. Again the boys played with determination and vigour coming from behind to win a close encounter.

Try scorers were Tom Cannington 2, Dylan Kennedy and Campbell Kennedy. Solomon Kasokason converted the once.

Photo: Adrian Gaglione.

15A TSS 38 – GT 19

The A’s jumped out to a quick lead and kept it up for the whole first half by playing a great brand of rugby implemented by the coaches Mr Holtsbaum and Mr Daley. With the halftime score being TSS up 17-5 this was a reflection of the way they were playing and taking the game right to GT by being physical at the breakdown and laying a platform with their set piece. The second half was much the same with TSS out muscling GT and the backline hitting great holes to get over the advantage line causing GT to scramble in defence. The final score was TSS 38 GT 19.

15B TSS 5 – GT 36

For the 15B’s there was a feeling from the warm up that the boys weren’t focused and felt flat from the very outset. The boys were out muscled at the break down and when we had the ball in attack they were running straight into their big forwards, which was playing right into GT’s hands. With the final score being 36-5 to GT it didn’t reflect the good work the boys showcased in the second half.

15C TSS 14 – GT 21

With the 15C’s finding form the previous two weeks, this week’s match up was going to be a great contest. The first half was a back and forth contest, with both sides defence on point and trading blows on the scoreboard. GT went into half time up 14-7, but TSS were very much still in the game. The second half was the same as the first with some great rugby being played and with 10 minutes to go it was 14 all. GT managed to get over the try line and nudge ahead 21-14. The 15C’s are really hitting their straps, and are setting themselves up for a competitive finish to the season.

15D TSS 14 – GT 26

The 15D’s came out in the first half against Gregory Terrace and looked to be not switched on or focused and that was evident in the way they were playing and it reflected on the scoreboard with TSS down 19-0 at half time. A very promising second half fight back saw TSS scored the first two tries, however that wasn’t enough as GT ran away winners 26-14.

14A TSS 12 – GT 31

The bookmakers had GT hot favourites coming off a couple big wins in previous week, and they didn’t expect our developing side to worry them at all. This week the punters were wrong.  TSS played well above their previous form to go into half time at a draw 12 – 12.  Players like Laifoo, Ward, McCormack and Faulkner led the way with some terrific running and support play.  While the scrum was solid, the lineout is a bit messy and our backs struggled a bit to gain clean ball, but bon many occasion the team was still on the way forward, and scored two tries this half, Declan Faulkner and Wylie Bucknall.

The second half Jake McCauley and Kacey Kopua started running, setting up the likes of Charlie Lane for many ground making runs. Mac Henwood also contributed with his strong forays into GT defence.  Final score was no reflection of the intensity of the game, and how well TSS played, particularly in the first period. A lack of concentration, discipline, and small handling mistakes cost TSS a better second half game.

Tries: Faulkner, Bucknell; Conversion: McAuley

Best Forward – Declan Faulkner; Best Back  – Cody Wood

14B TSS 17 – GT 14

After a slow start in the first half, the TSS side this first period saw TSS build momentum, and dominate in the areas of the breakdown. Our Rucking, Tank and Sharkies worked a treat on the average GT defensive line. TSS went into the break ahead in most areas except for defence out wide. Once again after some inspirational words for the two coaches, it did seem from there the TSS side lifted and held the pressure, and went on to dominate their opposition. Fortunately a stoppage in play for 10 minutes didn’t slow down the TSS side, and after a transfer to another oval, TSS final crossed the line in the dyeing minutes to take the win. An big hearted effort this week went to Archie Chandler this week in defence made all the difference. His hit (twice) on the pacey outside backs of GT, lifted the team and help TSS to the win.

Tries:     Powell, Jones and Boardman; Conversion : Murray

Best Forward – Dougal Jones; Best Back  – Archie Chandler

14C TSS 7 – GT 31

The U14 C team struggled on Saturday against an opposition who utilized the ruck ball to good effect. The back line made the most of the ball they received with some notable runs from Will Smith and No 10 Cooper Cowan. A surge in the second half started by Sonny Walkinshaw resulted and joined by the whole forward pack resulted in a try to Charlie Dawson under the posts. Final Score GT 31 – TSS 7. The coaches will work on defence and some attack this week prior to meeting IGS next weekend.

Try: Dawson; Conversion: Madden

Best Forward – Sonny Walkinshaw; Best Back  – Cooper Cowan

13A TSS 26 – GT 7

A spirited performance from the 13As on Old Boys Weekend elucidated the continual development of this team. Players adapted to the conditions and the referee, and were able to demonstrate effective team-wide communication and coordination. Coach Galpin highlighted the momentum of players and team, noting boys are clearly playing for each other. Coach Karatasios expressed his pride at the effort boys displayed throughout. Both agreed it was difficult to narrow down the votes and requested note be made of Will Carter, Jacob Sa, Emerson Rameau, Mason King and Sidney Bradnam amongst a fine team effort.

13B TSS 19 – GT 19

A harrowing drawn result summed up this match; a nail-biter throughout. Coach Barratt reminded his charges a draw was not a loss and encouraged players to recognise what had worked well and what needed attention at training. Tries to Max Schutt, William Brooks and Rory Sampson with Jace Harrold converting twice, and Coaches’ votes went to Lachlan Murphy, Jace Harrold and Lachie Mair.

13C TSS 31 – GT 24

TSS Cs brought their best game to the Boat Shed Oval on Old Boys Weekend with some heroic efforts and outstanding work rates from all team members. Coach Buckley noted this game as an opportunity to experience how good it feels to work hard. Tries to Lachlan Webster(2), Bryce Frohlich(2) and Finn Beirne with 3 conversions to Lachlan Webster. Coaches’ votes went to Rowland Kelly, Peter Bousgas and Lachlan Webster.

13D TSS 5 – GT 50

Back to basics was the diagnosis after this display by a notably large GT squad which dominated both halves. Tackling low, supporting teammates and dynamic movement will be the refocus for training this week. Benjamin Shuttlewood scored the try and Coaches’ votes were awarded to Toby Maher, Sonny Madden and Benjamin Shuttlewood.

12A TSS 14 – GT 24

12B TSS 0 – GT 61

11A TSS 7 – GT 11B 7

he A’s went up against GT 11B’s. This was a tight arm wrestle from start to finish. The game finished as a 7-7 draw. Hunter Lygo captained the team well and was determined to get up for his team, playing some smart rugby to continuously turn the big GT forwards around. Half time the game was locked up at 0-0.

Shortly after the break, Hunter Lygo went for a clearing kick from our 22 after a TSS scrum. The kick was charged down by a GT player and went back into our zone. Jack Gallie gave chase and was beating the GT player before being clearly held back. Jack in response held the GT player back who went for a Ronaldo-esqe dive. The ref fell for it and gave a penalty try.

Hunter Lygo went for a dart up the middle, running through plenty to score under the posts. Alex converted and we were locked up at 7 all until the game finished. Would of loved a win but we were happy with the draw considering the quality of the opposition.

11B TSS 19 – GT 0

TSS 11B’s versed a strong GT 11C’s team. Having lost 3 weeks ago to their D team, we knew they were going to be a strong outfit. Our boys matched them early on and held them out before showing what we are capable of. Sonny Smith captained for the second week in a row after a monster game last week. He lead by example all day. Jack Gallie teamed up with brother Max and scored for the second week in a row. Edward Hodgeson scored from a solid pick and drive. He was later blue carded for a concussion test. He tells me he was more upset that he couldn’t play playstation for 24 hours. Oscar Boyd than finished off a great team play to score his first for the B’s this season (he has scored a few in the C’s). Rueben was again on song from the kicking tee, nailing 2 from 3. TSS finished the game 19-0. A big thank you to Mr Wallace, Gus and Mr Stone for helping warm the boys up. Well done boys!

11C TSS 0 – GT 75

The mighty C’s came crashing down to Earth after 2 good wins on the trot. They versed an imposing GT 11D’s side who comfortably beat us 75-0.

This is the same team that the B’s lost to only 3 weeks ago, so the pressure was always going to be on the C’s and GT didn’t disappoint. On a positive note, no one in the team gave up and they kept playing until the final whistle.


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