“I love Mees, Mees is my favourite”
Lex Wilson, Director of Rugby
Saturday was a massive day down at the Oasis with every Pally team (except the colts..) from u6's through to Premier Grade playing at home.
A massive thank you has to go to all our fantastic volunteers who helped make the day such a success including our u13's on the BBQ and Carpark duties as well as everyone that contributed to our Cake Stall (which alone raised over $1300 for the Junior Club!)
A one point loss for the under 18s today in what was intensive 60 minutes of rugby. The boys took on West Scarborough in what was a grand final rematch. After an intense first half the only score was a penalty kick by Wests. At the start of the second half, the boys got two quick tries thanks to Adam Turner and Jackson Pugh. Two good kicks by Adam saw Pally go up 14/3. We were dominating the scrums and line outs and things were looking good. Injuries to a few Wests forwards resulted in scrums becoming uncontested, which was a boon for them. Unfortunately this was followed by some ball handling errors and a lapse in defence which resulted in two tries and a conversion to Wests. The final score was 15 to 14 and the first loss of the season for our boys.
Continued injuries in the first and second grade see the 3's continually putting out a different team each week. Not that it seems to matter as the men also continue to dominate regardless of the circumstances providing they aren't playing Nedlands! Ultimately winning 31-10 against a strong Wests Scarborough side the platform was again laid up front and finished off out wide. Special mention goes to try scoring record holder Leka Lolohea who ran out as a player for the first time in over 5 years.
Despite a club home game against Wests Scarborough the colts made a road trip up to Perth Bayswater to face off for the second time this year. Crisp passing from the base of the ruck and some perfectly placed positional kicking from Leighton Short saw Pally make easy territory against an inexperienced Bayswater back three. The forwards dominance increased this week, while a full field team try finished off by speedster Izzy Aupanu helped secure a 52-0 victory.
For the second time this year fourth grade was the team responsible for the club missing a clean sweep. Even the addition of Junior Greig late in the first half wasn't quite enough to stop the flood as the Cott men won 67-24. A number of colts arriving to assist at least meant that not too many men were asked to play more than an hour of rugby though. Scoring 24 points against a well drilled team will be used to point out that as a team they aren't far off the pace if they can fix their first up tackling. Next week they have a bye, the two weeks off should be enough to gain some more players for the start of round two.
Eight weeks into the season and carrying a few injuries, this week's Reserve Grade performance was a testament to the quality and depth of players at the club this year. Early injuries to Isaac and Hayden meant Trey Maloney and Kale Bissett (both rushing back from U20's duties in Bayswater) took to the field earlier than expected. Kale was outstanding for 60 minutes, stealing more line outs than Tuhoe does bread rolls at the after training dinners. Player of the day, Sam Jurisich, was excellent all day - controlling a game that threatened to boil over very early on. Manoeuvring the team around the field so competently was a huge factor in the team emerging victors by 41 points to 20 at full time. The way things are going there looks to be as much chance of this team losing as there is of Marshy getting his date with Elena. Once again coach Jerry Mataceva was asked for a few words on the performance: "LAAAAATTTCCCHHHHHH!!!!" Jerry was last seen leaving the ground pushing his car through the traffic, showing the boys how to do it.
Up against a strong Cottesloe team that dominated the first round fixture, the Palmyra women needed a strong performance to have a chance of turning the result around. Strong games from consistant performers Claudia Foster and Caitlyn Edwards helped lay the platform for the 19-12 win. Capping an exciting week Vesinia celebrated her naming in the Wallaroos by putting in a best on field performance for the second time this season.
1 vs 2. Last year's Premiers vs the perennial underachievers. Given the title of "Match of the Round" the game was broadcast live on the internet for those who could not make the game itself. The boys certainly earned their pay checks this week. Toots created the opening try for Fotu, earning his first try assist bonus for the day. Duck's conversion gave the team a 7-0 lead and another cash-enclosed envelope to add to his collection. Following a dominant rolling maul, Hunga found his way across the whitewash for another 5 points, earning him a shopping spree to Harvey Norman on the President's wallet. Credit must be given to Wests, however, a quality side with talent throughout...showing why they're reigning Premiers. Narrowing the game to within 12 points in the 2nd half. Fortunately the boys were able to close the game out and emerge as 22-10 victors, with Mani Eden scoring the team's other try to consolidate their position atop the league ladder. Following the match, we asked coach Lex for his thoughts: "I love Mees. Mees is my favourite". As is tradition when the boys are short on cash (not often the case at Pally) the club provide a "President's Keg" to keep morale high. Numbers were good...both in attendance and bank accounts. On to next week to face old foes Associates.
Notes from the weekend
- A big Welcome back to Hunga after a few weeks away with Force, which saw him make his run on debut against the Pumas (the first of many!)
- Well done to all our girls that went away with WA to Nationals - a special mention to Nia who again has been selected in the Walleroos Squad!
- The noise on Saturday was unreal - lets keep filling the grandstand!
Don't forget to head down to Allen Park ''The Boneyard" this Saturday as the senior Club tackles Soaks in what will be a massive day for the club as we head into the mid season bye
Updated 03:09 - 24 May 2017 by Palmyra Media