Heading into Round 11, the Palmyra Thirds were looking to take another step toward the all-important Top 4, as victory over the Coastal Cavaliers would see them swap places with the joint-venture team on the competition ladder. The rugby club recognised this momentous occasion and gave the team the honour of a rare match on Field 1 or, as an unimpressed Jesse Maguire put it, "So this is an away game then." Unfortunately both team buses were a little emptier than normal as they rolled into Tompkins Park - injuries and overseas trips seeing Pally missing a number of players, while the Cavaliers were still feeling the departure of Kyrie Irving during the offseason. On the plus side , the attraction of Third Grade proved irresistible for Adam Marshall, who was witness to the overwhelming McLovin being directed towards his brother Mike as a result of the team's winning streak. As has become tradition, Pally gave away the first try of the match within the first 5 minutes but Marshy II soon managed to adjust to the pace of the team, bringing up a hat-trick of tries in a superb 15 minute first-half burst. This preceded a hectic 5 minutes before half time which saw the Cavs immediately pull back a try before this, in turn, was cancelled out as Shagger crashed over for a captain's score.
While Pally carried a bonus point lead into the second half, this soon disappeared as the Cavs scored a second try and pulled the gap back to 3 points within the first 10 minutes. What ensued was a 20 minute grind, with neither team able to strike the decisive blow. Actually this wasn't entirely true, with Jamon Tuiavi'i being knocked all the way to McShaggins after an accidental but decisive blow to the head. The tension ratcheted up as the coaches' blood pressures increased, players on the sideline paced around nervously, and the Pally manager started getting oddly excited by the screams of his Cavaliers counterpart. The day's saviour turned out to be waterboy extraordinaire Robbie Noema - as his repeated runs on to the field, insistently clutching a kicking tee, were eventually honoured by the team and Teeps Lord booted a penalty which meant the Cavs needed to score a converted try to win the game. The Pally defence held firm for the last 5 minutes to secure a 7th straight result and ensure the team headed into the bye and, more importantly, the team court session with their momentum intact.
25-19 win over UWA
The Reserve Grade continue their strong season with a big 87-15 win which sees them sitting clear on top of the log heading into the BYE
No game this week but in some big news a number of our young girls have made the first ever Schoolgirls Team to compete in ACT - Congratulations to Maddie Kay, Brooklyn Teki-Joyce, Merci Tuiavi'i, Georgia Crosby, Alesha Foster, Courtney Hodder and Dallys Tini (captain!). The team is also coached by Pally members Callum 'Sheep' Payne and Caitlyn Edwards.
Updated 14:28 - 3 Jul 2018 by Palmyra Media
Got their second win on the trot and some much needed momentum as they head into the BYE week with a 34-31 victory