In front of yet another big and noisy back to Lapstone crowd, the Blueys firsts played some entertaining Rugby to crush Forest 47-19.While the match result meant little to either team every Mountains player wants to win on this special day and they went about this years task in great style,never looking in real doubt,although the Forest boys certainly let them know they were around at different stages.Recovering from a pre match hospitality industry experience,Gav Duncan was sensational on the day,keeping the team motivated,and playing some sensational Rugby which saw him a constant danger to the opposition all day,while Kiwi as usual was everywhere ,Millsie smashed em up front,and Jack kicked a towering conversion of Roys try from out wide to seal the victory.
B& F 3 Gav Duncan 2 Chris Lukin 1 Adam Mills PP Gav Duncan
For second grade it was a do or die battle,the winner in the semis,and once again the blueys toughed it out and eventually triumphed 18-3.With the forwards setting a solid platform Mountains withstood the many challenges that were thrown against them,and when they had their chances they took them and in the end had a very classy victory,putting them in a good frame of mind for next weeks sudden death semi against Lindfield.Not only was James Richey the best player on the paddock,but his try was a milestone for the talented loose forward as it was his 100th in a double blue jumper,and while he was man of the match,Paul Danbys white hot form of late just seems to roll on.
B&F 3 James Richey 2 Paul Danby 1 Doug Want PP James Richey
Colts were their own worst enemy in their 22-21 loss to the second placed visitors,however,at least the result saw them sneak into the semis in fourth spot,now facing up to Uni Of NSW on their own home turf.The opening quarter of hour had everyone shaking their heads,the boys went like a bull at the gate,instead of rolling into a pattern and structure,and coupled with some poor defence and ball control, Forest looked like world beaters racing to a 14-0 lead.At last the young Blueys clicked into gear,and started to play better Rugby and pegged them back,hit the front,but conceeded a crucial penalty late to let Forest sneak home.The game saw some solid forward clashes,Will Hannen was in great touch and deserved all the post match praise heaped on him,while Jared Cremona really hurt plenty of the opposing pack with his sensational attack and defence.
B&F 3 Will Hannen 2 Jacob Elliston 1 Campbell Russell PP Will Hannen
If only thirds could have made up the two points they missed out on the semis,boy would they have given the comp a shake,another resounding victory,this time a 46-14 thrashing.Young Henry Baker once again showed the family pedigree and some sensational footy skills to be a landslide winner of man of the match honours,boom player Nick Richardson was sensational,while veteran Winmalee winger Ross Kerkham scored a hatrick,although plenty of his mates in the crowd calling for the ref to disallow his third sensational "classic Kerkam" effort in the clubhouse corner!
B&F 3 Henry Baker 2 Connor McNicol 1 Nick Richardson PP Nick Richardson
Fours ended their year with a 29-10 loss to the competition leaders,and while they were beaten by the better team on the day the Blueys provided plenty of stiff opposition,and plenty of highlights.The brilliance of Derek Pontois was certainly one of the definite highlights with a solid all round display,with Ricki Hair also dominant,while inspiration skipper Tom Pittman led by example,especially in defence.
3 Derek Pontois 2 Ricky Hair 1 Tommy Pittman PP Derek Pontois