Jeez, where to start.
So much to report, so much has happened in the past two weeks!
The Boorowa Picnics have come and gone, Wally winning another Fashions in the Field.
He reckons it only cost him two rams, voucher for the Chinese and a drive in Sally!
Funkie Dunkie has finally make a good decision. Good on ya mate. Great news.
Tom Corcoran has gotten a job with Toyota re-designing the bonnets of Landcruisers. It’s been an eventful two weeks with the bye in the middle.
However with a weekend off, a few more training sessions under our belts and more of Benny’s fitness, the boys were raring to go against the old foe Crookwell.
With nearly a full strength squad, the boys were feeling hopeful against the reigning champions.
Brad Rose was still carrying a few niggle but still managed to line out.
The game started with us leaking 19 very soft points.
The kick offs with the very strong gale in our back was not helping the situation.
Two re-starts going over the dead ball.
However the Goldies’ did manage to get a try just on the stroke of half time.
There were plenty of positives from the first half.
The intent and work rate was very evident.
Club President Justin played a very solid 25 minutes after returning from a shoulder injury.
I asked him coming off the pitch what is was like out there: “Yeah Great Flemo, it’s touch, they are strong, well-structured but me being out there did make a huge difference to the team’s ability, dynamics, sex appeal and chat. Next week I reckon I will play at least 60 and bring it home for us all”.
The second half started off with a little bit more ball retention but ultimately the Crookwell’s defence was very strong.
Again the effort was there, plenty of chat amongst the Goldies and some really good phases of play.
Disappointingly half way through the second half we lost one of our fiery red nuts, Brenden Madden to what looks like to a broken thumb.
Hopefully it’s not too serious and he’ll be back on the field soon.
Bez Berry came on half way through the first half and make a huge impact straight away.
He is going from strength to strength, carrying really well, scrummaging well and really good chat and a huge congratulations to him on the arrival of his baby boy Patrick.
Other mentions go to Tim Boggery, Tim has been playing out of his skin all year, I find myself giving him a mention every week and justifiably so.
Very strong in attack and always leading from the front.
Also in the forwards, Jez had a great game.
Very strong and a real leader.
In the backs, Brook had a very strong game.
For such a young bloke playing a new position he is really making strides. Great effort.
Crookwell ran out comprehensive winners but there are lots of positives to take from the game.
When we play them later in the year I think this game will really stand to us.
Leaking 19 unanswered points at the start of the game was always going to make it hard for us.
Mully wore a Demin jacket to the game. He looked awesome.
However my personal highlight from the game was the injection of pace with the introduction of Gerard Ryan on the sting. God he made a difference.
He was found steaming up the wing with ball in hand on three occasions but sadly on all three occasions he didn’t manage to get across the chalk. But that wasn’t the case for our second favourite Ryan…. Nick Ryan.
Nick’s now playing in Sydney for St Patricks Rugby Club in 3rd grade. He managed to get a try at the weekend to level the game.
He was delighted with his effort. Speaking to him on Tuesday he said, “Flemo it was great to get over the line to score and get off the nudie run but I was really disappointed with the post try celebrations from my team mates”.
“There was literally none. If that had of been in Boorowa I would have gotten a bum tap from every player, carried back over the half way line and wouldn’t have bought a beer in Boorowa for the rest of the season. These guys didn’t even give me a high five. I am really going to have to reassess life, where I am living and whom I am playing rugby for.”
I agree Nick.
Do they realise your Dad is Jack Ryan?? For the record, If you are wondering who the favourite Ryan is, well it’s Jack of course.
Finally, a huge shout out to our coach Andrew Corcoran. He had to ref the game again due to not getting a ref, did a great job and was very fair.
Hard for a coach to ref his own team but did a really good job.
This week’s points went to:
Three points – Brook Ritchie and players’ player.
Two points – Tim Boggery
One points – Marty Party Corcoran
This weekend’s game is another home game against Yass. It is also Sponsor’s Day so make sure you get up there have a beer with the faithful sponsors and cheer on the boys…