Adrian Blundell | Director of Rugby
September 2, 2017
The vital game on the Village Green commenced with our regular team and not long after the Nudgee kick off the forwards asserted there scrum dominance that continued throughout the game. Following a penalty to TSS the forwards control good phase play and finally Zane Nonggorr barged over the try line to score and Campbell Parata converted this try. Nudgee replied quickly with good hands by their backline to score in the corner. Three consecutive penalties in a row to Nudgee got them within easy range to kick another three points.
A good drive by Egan Siggs lead to a scrum and a penalty to TSS and the kick got the team about ten metres out from the try line. A strong lineout and pick and drive work got Zane over the line again. Close to half time a Nudgee backline movement resulted in a break with an inside pass for them to score and convert to make the score 12-15.
Within minutes of the second half, Noah Lolesio received a yellow card and soon after efficient pick and drives resulted in Nudgee scoring and converting it. Koen Dovey then made a good break and this was followed by a barging run from Reno Gerrard. Following a dominate scrum in front of the posts a penalty was given to TSS. A quick tap by Spencer Jeans and a pass to Max Dowd saw him dummy, step and dive over to score and then Campbell’s kick hit the upright and stayed out, so 17-22.
Dan Burns made a good break down the sideline. Excellent work from the forwards again got the ball to the backs and Noah took his man on and then gave Koen a great pass for him to score in the corner under considerable pressure. Campbell missed the conversion but on the kick off received the ball to send it right back into the far twenty two. Egan Siggs made a twenty metre break and off loaded to the tireless Lachlan Vine who was just tackled agonisingly close to the try line.
With just four minutes left, a couple of substitutions were made. In a good position, the forwards went for pick and drives to get Tyrell Kopua over the line to break the deadlock. Nudgee then tried a tricky short kick-off, however Hugh Robinson was alert, took a great catch and the ball was then passed to the far side of the field. Koen received the ball with some space, beat a couple of defenders and when confronted with the fullback found that speedy lock, Tom van der Schyff, on the inside to accept the pass. He then ran twenty metres untouched to score under the posts, thus bringing all the TSS supports to their feet and great cheering. With game time finished Campbell converted the try to make the final score 34-22.
Coach’s points went to Tyrell Kopua 1, Max Dowd 2 and Egan Siggs 3.
The rivalry between TSS and Nudgee started intensely with both teams determined to take out the win. What happened next was the best first half of rugby the 2nd XV have played this season. With phases building the forward pack challenged Nudgee, creating prime attacking opportunities for TSS to move forward and put points on the score board. The boys capitalised on every opportunity presented to them in the first half and gave the crowd many reasons to cheer. The second half was a little slower, with some costly errors being made allowing Nudgee to progress forward. However in true sensational 2nd XV form, they did not give in and were victorious.
Tries: Jett Thornburgh x 2, Jed Heslop, Harry Cox, Jim Chapman, Jack Giles x 2
Conversions: Tyler Wright x 4
The 3rd XV presented a crowd pleasing game against Nudgee College on the weekend. The boys dominated in both defence and attack from the first kick off and did not stop until the final whistle. The boys were structured and delivered set plays in fine fashion. It was a complete team effort with both forwards and back working well together; communication was the best of the season. The line speed was spot on and ensured Nudgee did not progress throughout the game. Well done boys on a wonderful win!
Tries: Henry Smith, Henry Morris, Charlie Bindon, Ike Woods x 2, Tyrone Honeysett
Conversions: Patrick Murtagh X 1, Geoff Swan x 1
Despite the final score, the 4th XV played their best game of the season! The forwards were tireless in defence and the backs successfully used every opportunity presented to them. This was an incredibly evenly matched game with nobody being able to predict the final outcome. It was a back and forth game with TSS matching Nudgee every step of the way. Both sides played a great attacking game and it was a most enjoyable game to watch. Despite a loss at the end the 4th XV can be very proud of the game they played.
The 5th XV played a well structured Nudgee College team. TSS were a little disjointed throughout the game, failing to fully connect as a team. There were glimpses of brilliance but unfortunately unforced errors and turnovers affected their ability to get across the try line more often. However, in true 5th spirit they continued to play with their heart and soul until the final whistle and once again made us proud of the rugby community at TSS.
16A TSS 22 – NC 8
What a great day it was on Saturday when our Under 16 teams played Nudgee at home. It was always going to be a tough encounter as Nudgee is a very respected opposition in “the game they play in heaven”. Congratulations to the 16 A team who are still undefeated and won well, 22-8, cementing their place as top team in the GPS 16 Age Group. The 16 A team played with determination and spirit and deserved their victory 22-8. Coaches Bromley and Anderson reminded the boys at half time that the game was theirs if they wanted it. The boys responded well dominating the second half of the game. Try scorers were Luke McInnes, Tom Gibson and Hamish Roberts. Will Grant converted twice.
Award winners for the season were : Under 16 Goal Kicking Champion Will Grant, 16A Best Forward Boyd Radel, 16A Best Back Dion Samuela, Front Row Club Nominee George Blake, Best Defender Lachlan McInnes and the Patrick Sharpe Memorial Trophy Marlon Jones. Captain of 16A Lachlan McInnes.
The 16 B’s won a great game by the narrowest of margins 8-7. The boys never gave in and after an injury stoppage Matty Robinson kicked a penalty goal resulting in an 8-7 victory. Sole try scorer in a low scoring game was Dean Burton. The boys are to be congratulated on an excellent season and coaches Ray Smith and Richard O’Connor were elated with the team’s performance and attitude over the entirety of the season. Best and Fairest for the season in what was a tight decision according to the coaches was Hamish Dight.
The 16 C team was overhauled in the closing minutes going down 24-27. The 16C team started off strongly and were 14-0 ahead after the first 15 minutes of the game. In typical Nudgee fashion the boys in blue and white ground their way back into the contest winning a great game 27-24. Try scorers for TSS were Jack Wiki, Will Statham, Matthew Eddowes and Charlie Tran. Joe Thompson converted twice. Coaches Luke Coco and Angus Blake were happy and disappointed but know the boys will bounce back against Churchie next Saturday. Best and Fairest for the 16 C team was Andrew Balch.
The 16 D team tried valiantly against a stronger opponent going down 7-31. The last game of the season is against Churchie in Brisbane next Saturday. The 16 D team was struggling with numbers all week and thanks to some of the 16 C boys and the generosity of Coach Coco we were able to field a competitive team. The boys were valiant in defeat going down 7-31. Try scorer was Marcus Turnbull and Pauliasi Nadakutavuki converted the try. Coaches Rice and Leo Levy were pleased with the result and complimented the boys on their performance against a stronger team. Best and Fairest was Gus Connolly.
Next week we play Churchie in Brisbane and it is very important that boys turn up to training so that we can field a full four teams for the fixture.
In our final home game saw the School play a strong Nudgee College side. The game was quite even throughout the first half with the team leading for most of the first half. An intercept try was scored by the Nudgee side after the TSS team forced a pass in an attacking raid. This evened up the scores at half time. The second half was just as entertaining with the game in the balance. In the end, a long-range try by Nudgee and another intercept try was the difference. The game was played at a high standard throughout and the TSS boys can be proud of their progress throughout the year. Simon Gray and James Lee scored tries with Ciad Jenkins converting both tries. Congratulations to the teams award winners for the season .They were , Luca Sibson (best back),Tom McCormack (best forward), Caid Jenkins (goal kicking), James Lee (front row club), Joseph Devlin (best defender) and Michael Van der Schyff ( best junior footballer).
The 15 B boys were revved up in anticipation of a hard game against a much bigger Nudgee side. A well-rehearsed move saw Brodie Foster score a long-range try and stun the crowd and opposition, early in the game. After a successful conversion TSS led by seven points. However, the Nudgee side fought back and eventually overpowered the TSS side to win the game. Boys from the team are encouraged to finish the year on a positive note with a disciplined effort against Churchie next week. Congratulations to Bayley Vine on winning the team’s best and fairest award for the season.
It was great to see the boys field a full side for the final home game of the season. Named the most successful side, and winning their last two games, the team was full of enthusiasm. In the end, they faced a talented and much bigger Nudgee side that was better on the day. The boys never stopped trying even when the fill in boys were ushered off the field at half time. Chris Thompson scored a try with Terry Nona converting. Congratulations to Max Fuhrmann on winning the team’s best and fairest award for the season.
TSS came out on the ground more focused than ever before. They immediately set the tone with fast ball play and precise passing scoring two tries early. NC applied the pressure forcing TSS to defend for a number of set plays. NC eventually scored a try but TSS made them work incredibly hard for it. Again fast hands and confident running allowed TSS to score again before half time. The second half saw both teams trading blows but eventually TSS began to run away with the game ending in seven tries to NC’s three, resulting in a convincing win.
Best Forward: Sam Morris; Best Back: Syris Schmidt
The B’s game was definitely a game of two halves. NC came out strong attacking hard in the back line. NC’s relentless attack resulted in 5 unanswered tries in the first half. TSS came into the second a new side demonstrating the “never give up” attitude they have been displaying all season, working hard through the forwards scoring two tries but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to track down the lead that NC had set. The maturity that the boys display to continually “bounce back” is an attribute that should be commended.
Best Forward: Harry Gates; Best Back: Jack Poidevin
NC applied the pressure from the first whistle with TSS impressively defending against a physically larger side. Unfortunately NC were eventually able to break through and score a number of tries from some missed tackles and intercepts. When TSS had ball in hand they attacked well unfortunately poor passing let them down. TSS continued to work hard all game leaving the opposition scoreless in the second half and were eventually rewarded with a try to get them on the board. Unfortunately they were unable to score again before full time.
Best Back: Jack Coffee; Best Forward: Joel Harrison
A tense match throughout and nil all at the break, TSS gave of their best to keep control by playing disciplined, skilled rugby.
At the final whistle, NC proved the stronger, but coaches asked players to reflect on their individual development and that of the team, since playing the same team in the preseason. Kade Aitchison scored the try and coaches awarded their votes to the team as a unit. Players thanked the faithful home ground supporters after the match with a Tokio.
After this tough encounter, for which the final scoreline belies the even nature of the match, Coach Barrett told his players he had never seen a side ‘tackle as much and with as much heart’ and asked the boys to hold their heads high. Coach Horan implored the boys to ‘think about how far that you guys as a unit have come, since playing NC in the preseason’, and praised the players for their hard work, persistence and dedication to improving as individuals and as a team, adding that the TSS defense was outstanding. Coaches’ votes for best players went to Harry Baker, Zac Boardman & Euan Edwards.
TSS 13Cs met a squad of 26 NC players who were bigger in size but not in heart. Coaches commended the persistence of players and encouraged a focus on the positives of this experience; the demonstration of grit, determination and teamwork. Tackling improved as the game proceeded, which bodes well for the final game of the 2017 season next week against ACGS away.
Not a good day for the 12’s, with three late withdrawals for our severely stretched forward pack and a complete loss of form during the first half, didn’t see TSS start well. NC got stuck right into our boys from the opening whistle, committed hard, direct running caused the defence endless problems. TSS failed to use possession effectively, too much one out running causing failure to make metres and again no running strongly with the ball. Halftime NC 33 nil.
Some strong words from Coach Browne at half time, and a discussion on doing the things they have been taught at training, resulted in a much-improved showing. Unfortunately, no tries were scored and we basically had a lesson from NC on how to control the ruck. NC won 57 nil.
After having so many very close matches with the competitions top teams it is so disappointing for the players, coaches and parents to see the team go back to preseason basic errors, but we move on to Churchie, looking forward to a big improvement that the team is capable of playing.
Best Forward – Jacob Sa; Best Back – Sidney Bradnam
The 12B’s were outclassed by a much larger, Nudgee side. TSS were on the back foot straight from the beginning with 2 quick Nudgee tries in the first 10 minutes and this trend continued on throughout the match, with Nudgee’s speed, skills and size being too much for TSS. One shining light was a solo try by Hayden Carrigan. However, the B’s must be commended for small patches of great rugby with the goal in future weeks being to string these patches together to score some tries and even potentially steal a well-deserved win.
Best forward – Hayden Carrigan; Best Back – Fred Cameron
The 12C’s also came up against a very classy NC team, and struggled to gain any possession gained a well-drilled side. A consolation try by Billy Kelly helped the score board, but with ACGS to come, this week needs some focus on the smaller skills of ball retention and handling. Similar to the Bs, the Team must be commended for small patches of great rugby with the goal in future weeks being to string these patches together to score some tries and even potentially steal a well-deserved win.
Best forward – Ben Shuttlewood; Best Back – Billy Kelly
A gutsy never say die attitude is something that the 11As have developed this season. It is a credit to the team that they hold their heads high every match no matter the result. We have developed our skills this year and importantly we are having fun. Rugby, no matter the result, fuses a comradery that will last a lifetime. The boys and I look forward to our last game of the year and will be doing our best against Churchie.
TSS 11B’s went down 45-0 to Nudgee college in our last home game of the season. Focusing on the positives, Nudgee are a team with over 120 junior rugby players against our 30 if everyone is healthy. So it was always going to be an uphill battle. Add to this the fact that when we played them in a trial match at the end of term 2, they beat us by 16 tries. So the improvement in our boys is evident. Very proud of the fact that we never once gave up. Some great try saving tackles by Will Robertson and Sam Watt and some great aggression by Jackson kept us in the match.
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