Adrian Blundell – Director of Rugby
TSS kicked off with a small breeze behind them and contained the game in the attacking half for the first six minutes until they received a penalty that Campbell Parata converted from twenty- four metres out. He took all the kicks as usual and only missed two attempts from the sideline, therefore gaining thirteen points. Churchie hit back quickly after the kick off and gained a penalty and three points.
After some twenty minutes into the game sustained pressure saw Max Dowd step a forward and scoot through to score near the posts. Soon after following a great kick from Campbell, the forwards execute a slick lineout. This saw Tom van der Schyff take a short ball, draw the one defender and pass to Egan Siggs who strolled down the last ten metres and scored in the corner.
Churchie then got close to the line and after about ten pick and drives gained a penalty, did another five of the same to finally score. Tom Taylor then did a spectacular jump to regain the ball from the kick off. Following two consecutive scrums wins against the feed, to make eleven for the season, Reno Gerrard picked up the ball and barged over to score and the half time score became 20-8.
From the Churchie kick off, Reno gained a great forty metres and efficient team phase play resulted in Hugh McNamee scoring near the posts. Shortly after, another thirty- metre break by Reno set the platform for the next try. A number of passes got the ball to Noah Lolesio who hit the line at speed, he made half a break and two more short passes saw the ball in Max’s hands to run the final few metres and score again.
Max made a try saving tackle near the sideline and then the team did very well defensively as Churchie had possession generally within the twenty- two for some twelve minutes. The forwards did well to steal the ball from a Churchie lineout, one of a number, and Reno broke the line and a pass to Noah saw him run some twenty- five metres to score.
The Churchie thirteen made a fine stepping run through our middle and scored near the posts. Soon after another good lineout, the ball got to Hugh McNamee in midfield and he busted through a couple of tacklers and scored near the posts. This was near the end of the game and the final score was 48-13. A great win to finish on and share the Premiership with Nudgee.
2nd XV TSS 0 – ACGS 5
3rd XV TSS 12 – ACGS 14
4th XV TSS 22 – ACGS 5
5th XV TSS 10 – ACGS 42
16A TSS 31 – ACGS 0
Another great day on Saturday for the 16 Age Group with the A and B teams recording convincing victories. Over the season the 16 Age Group won on 22 occasions and lost on seven. This Age Group was deserved winners of the Scoobie Bryer Trophy, that is, the most successful Age Group in TSS Rugby for 2017. The 16 A team was undefeated convincingly winning all games. The closest opponent was Terrace who lost by 5pts. All other victories were in excess of two tries. The 16B team only lost to Toowoomba Grammar during a very successful season. On behalf of the 16 Age Group congratulations to the 1st XV who were joint premiers with Nudgee College. Particular congrats to Mr Adrian Blundell, Director of Rugby, for another very successful Rugby programme in 2017.
The 16 A team was convincing winners 31-0. They completely dominated ACGS running away with the game in the second half. A great all team performance. Try scorers were Jesse Grey 2 and one apiece to George Nield, Jock Thompson and Alex Walker. Will Grant converted three tries. Special congratulations to Coaches Bromley and Anderson who helped produce a wonderfully competitive team. Outstanding mentors for our boys in the game they play in heaven.
16B TSS 28 – ACGS 15
The 16 B team had a shaky start eventually overpowering ACGS 28-15. Coaches Smith and O’Connor were impressed with the boys’ performances all season particularly their never say die attitude. The forwards were impressive all game and the backs ran the ball with gusto. Try scorers were James Murray, Soshi Jo, Hamish Dight and Jake Heck. Matty Robinson was lethal with the boot converting all four tries. The only sour point in the game was the ankle injury to Gus Morris in the last five minutes of the game. We wish him a speedy recovery.
16C TSS 7 – ACGS 17
The 16 C team did not play to their best losing to a more spirited ACGS 7-17. Coaches Blake and Coco were a little disappointed with the lack lustre performance but generally satisfied with the overall effort this year. Unfortunately Dylan Clough sustained a nasty wrist injury and we wish him a speedy recovery. Sole try score was Best and Fairest winner for the season Andrew Balch. Joe Thompson converted truly.
The 16 D team coached by Harry Rice and Fernando Levy did not have a game on Saturday.
Thank you to all the coaches and the boys in the 16 Age Group who made 2017 a memorable season.
15A TSS 33 – ACGS 5
The final game saw the 15A rewarded with a great win against Churchie on the weekend. The first half saw a tight game with both sides eager to end the season on a high. In the end, it was superior fitness along with composure that got the team home in what was eventually a dominant display. TSS eventually scored five tries to two in an entertaining game by the boys. Many thanks to the coaches, Leigh Holtsbaum, Jedd Hogan and Karel Bos, who put in countless hours to ensure the boys, were well and truly competitive throughout the season. Tries were scored by Dion Knight, Luca Sibson and Brandon Botting with Caid converting four tries.
15B TSS 27 – ACGS 5
The B team kept their best to last when they completely dominated the Churchie side on the weekend. Playing the first game of the day, the team started well and were ahead at half time. Not wanting to give the opposition a chance, TSS finally got their kicking game in order resulting in good territorial gains and eventually points. Many boys showed their creative skills with short kicks behind the line keeping the opposition guessing. In the end, the team triumphed in an entertaining display taking out the most successful of the 15 age group teams, well done to coaches Bryce Speechly and Ben Cramp. Tries were scored by Hunter Bierne (two), Jordan Watson, Sam Bowen and Brodie Foster. Bayley Vine converted one try.
15C TSS 22 – ACGS 34
The C team were coming the final game with the hope of finishing off their successful season on a high note. Unfortunately, they came up against a determined Churchie side who came out fighting, scoring four tries quickly, but the team never gave up. They fought back in the second half to score four tries themselves but fell just short of the win. This team must be congratulated on their ability to field a side each week, as player numbers were low for the age group. Try scorers were Terry Nona and Sam Bowen with Terry converting one try.
14A TSS 26 – ACGS 17
A number of Bs forwards were required to step up to play for the As, and they contributed to a close win in a very even contest. TSS remained composed despite spending a lot of time in defence, and were dangerous counter-attacking when they were able to get their hands on the ball. The As have finished the season with two solid wins against quality opposition despite persistent injuries, and will be a very strong outfit next year.
Tries: Jojo Fifita 2, Rabura Rabura 1, Cooper McGeary 1
Conversions: Cooper McGeary 3
Best forward: Harry Wells; Best back: Jojo Fifita
14B TSS 0 – ACGS 43
The early start time and unusual scheduling appeared to affect the Bs, as they only go going in the second half. By then a slick Churchie backline had set up a comprehensive win. Faced with a large deficit, ill-discipline set in, with the team reduced to 13 players. This was a tough end to what has been a great season.
Best forward: Callum Whitton; Best back: Hayden Atkinson
14C TSS 7 – ACGS 34
The 14Cs played wrapped up the season for the Under 14s, playing in an entertaining and hotly contested match. The slick Churchie backline remained dangerous throughout the game, but the Cs backs are to be commended on their unrelenting efforts in defence despite being out-sized and out-paced. The forwards worked relentlessly, and constantly threatened to break through the defence when they were able to string phases together. A number of boys have improved immensely throughout the year, and the age group as a whole has a lot to look forward to in the coming years.
Try: Lucas Piper
Conversion: Josh Popov
Best forward: Cristos Vivlios; Bast back: Guy Gibson
13A TSS 17 – ACGS 26
A competitive match displaying top quality U13 rugby, which could have gone either way, eventually saw the opposition claim the win. Coaches commended their players for a season of conscientious development and improvement and players in turn thanked their coaches Mr Galpin & Mr Karatasios for their expertise and dedication. Tries to Kade Aitchison, Warwick Thilwind & Justin Faber with Jack McAuley converting.
13B TSS 19 – ACGS 31
An even match for the most part, TSS gave 100% throughout. In the tight post-match huddle, Coach Barrett reminded boys that ‘success isn’t always about how many games you win, but about how much you’ve grown, and you’ve grown a hell of a lot since the first round.’ Coach Horan highlighted that there were ‘more than flickers of brilliance out there’ in the team’s performance both in this match and throughout the season and asked boys to hold heads high, knowing they had done their best, and grown in the process. Tries were scored by Euan Edwards, Zac Boardman & Liam O’Connor and conversions to Zac Boardman and Harry Ward.
13C TSS 0 – ACGS 65
A hot and dusty field did not stop TSS persisting to the final whistle in a match that had some even passages of play, but in the end, was determined by the speed of the opposition’s wing and the breakaway opportunities they leveraged. Coaches Trevethan, Close and Butler commended players on their commitment to the season and articulated the enjoyment shared throughout the season by players and coaches alike in the wonderful game of Rugby.
12B TSS 7 – ACGS 19
12C TSS 39 – ACGS 5
11A TSS 0 – ACGS 50
The season came to an end with a great effort from the boys. Churchie were an extremely difficult opposition and plated well to beat us. In patches of the game we dominated however couldn’t put points on the board. Tackling again was a challenge for the boys. I would like to thank all the boys that have played for As this year. You have been a fantastic group of enthusiastic players who have always tried and never given up. A special thank you also to Mr Melia, Mr Sproule and Miss Gittens.
11B TSS 0 – ACGS 50
The 11B’s went down in their last game to Churchie who were well organised, fast and the best rucking team we have faced this year. The boys should be commended on their efforts this year. Despite the heavy defeats, they never dropped their heads and kept their enthusiasm for the whole season. It was a pleasure to coach them this season and see the growth in the team, both individually and as a whole. Looking forward to what you can achieve next year gentlemen.
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