An injury ravaged Blueys first grade side stayed in third spot,but it was a bitter pill to swallow,three games on the trot without a win with a 24-14 loss to Lindfield.It was the visitors grand final, and it is fair to say they were probably the better side on the day,but after a try each to Browny and Brendan we were still revelling in the pressure and two points in front,but faded late to conceed a game which we could have won.On the day an outstanding game from our stand in number 15 Dave Thomas who always puts in 100% committment and was a worthy winner of man of the match honours Joel Togo was also strong all day,while Millsy as usual was a powerhouse up front.
Coach Leigh Doddsy grew a few hairs back on the sideline as seconds bounced back to crush Lindfield 24-14 in a vital result.Man of the match John Chan was unstoppable all day in an awesome display,as was BJ,while Dougie was consistant and scored a memorable try in the clubhouse corner.
Lindfield came up the hill red hot favourites,undefeated after in eleven rounds,but met a brick wall of guts and determination,they applied all the pressure early but when the usual cracks didnt appear it was obvious they were in for a torrid day against the Blueys.After twenty minutes they were in disbelief,Jack Prior scored a corker of a try,Connor Lowe kicked a penalty for an 8-0 advantage for the plucky Blueys.In a real battle,Lindield fought back to lead 12-8,but then had to endure a ten minute barrage on their line when the young blueys threw everything at them with no luck and the visitors held on.Plenty of stars on the day,but the best player on the field was Ben McCallum by a country mile,what a great game of Rugby he produced,while Jarod Cremona and Liam Frank were also worthy of mention.
Thirds returned to the winners circle smashing the high profile Lindfield side 26-7 in a very dominant display,Isaac Junod was a worthy winner of man of the match honours,BJ scored a double,Connor McNicholl,Nigel Taylor and of course Kiwi, were also worthy of plenty of praise.
The day at Lappo opened on a sad note with fourths going down 36-24 and in doing so just about ended their semi final hopes.Ten tries were scored in a typical fourth grade classic,but at the end of the day the visitors were just too strong and pushed the Blueys to eight points out of the four.However there were still plenty of positives,Ricky Hair continued on with his white hot form of late with a great game on the side of the scrum,Nick Richardson scorched in for two tries and Jaryd Anderton as usual was solid.