HAC 20.5.17

While first grade fought out a tough 22-22 draw under lights against HAC,the big news to come out of Richmond was the Blueys colts winning their seasons first match with a stunning 40-24 victory.This team of youngsters have been up against the odds  so far,but turned it all round in a big way.A solid pack of hard working forwards complemented by a slick set of backs blew the home team off the first half especially,and while HAC scored late tries on the back of plenty of penalties it was a comprehensive win.While the usual suspects like Luke Ruttley and Will Hannen did their bit,Jack Prior bagged three tries,Lachie McNicoll was absolutely outstanding and best on field,Jared Cremona and Reece Koutsoukas made worthy contributions,and super sub Jackson Turners try assists had to be seen to believed.

In firsts,it was second playing third,and as the score indicated it was hard going all the way.The Blueys were up against it all ,but dug deep and put in a real gutsy display,and while the extra polish was not there,there was no doubting the level of intensity.Veteran jack was at his motivational best,his partner in the pack Nick OGorman put in yet another blinder,while Junior and George were also worthy of plenty of praise.

Seconds returned to the winners list with a 19-14 victory,as in every match they have played this year,they really had to buckle down and fight,and it was the forward pack that rally laid the foundation.Of course leading the way was ex Hawkesbury cult figure and now Mountains crowd favourite and skipper Matt "Turtle" Kelly, who inspired his team mates,while Matt Wilton also revelled in the tough stuff,while out wide Ash"scarface"  Livingstone was a tower of strength.

Meanwhile thirds were subject to a controversial try ruling against them,and a huge lack of posssession  in the second half when they went down 19-14.However there was still plenty of positives Isaac Junod was in sensational form,while others to impress included Ian Docherty,Wade Murphy,Connor McNicoll,and Peter Richey in a team which which has been very unlucky over the last two weeks.Fourths kicked off the day running riot joining the colts by scoring their first win of the year, a 48-12 thrashing.Coaches Arron and Moo were wrapped as the training drills and committment are starting to pay off.While Royden Seia was man of the match,number 6 Carl Cameron once again was in white hot form,Jazz Hourigan was also on fire,while big Ben Davies showed the backs how its done with a stunning individual try.

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