Bluey's V's Hawkesbury

25 July 2004

Bluey's V's Hawkesbury Blues Tied Up In Local Derby Blue Mountains Rugby travelled to Windsor last Saturday for the local derby against Hawkesbury Valley with both First Grade teams sitting on 30 points each and out of the top four. To keep semi final hopes alive, a win by either team was essential. But it was not to be as the game resulted in a 19 all draw. Early penalty goals to both sides had the score at 6-3 in the Blues favour but the Valley scored their first and only try which was converted for a 10-6 lead. The Blues answered with towering lock David Orr crashing over wide out down the right side and with the conversion missed,the Blues held the lead by 11-10. A penalty goal to Valley saw them regain the lead and at the break they were up 13 to 11. Two penalty goals to Valley saw them out to an 8 point lead with the right result for the Blues looking even further away. However, Blues skipper Dave Twomey slotted over his third penalty and the Blues were back in the hunt-in arrears by just 5. In the last couple of minutes, a great break by Fullback Danial McSpadden had him over the line with a touch down, however the referee was unsighted and called held up. Moments later D.Orr was again over just inside the corner for his second and the scores were level. The crowd had their hearts in their mouths as Twomey lined up the conversion attempt, but it was waved away with the draw resulting. Best & Fairest: Peter Dixon(3 points); Dave Twomey & Dave Orr (2); David Smoth & Danial McSpadden (1); Player's Player: Peter Dixon. Second Grade continued on its winning way with a grinding 8 points to 3 victory. A sensational try to No. 8 Matt Nelson and a penalty goal to James Richey brought up the 8 points. Gutsy efforts from Chris Hill and Best & Fairest; Josh Hunt & Mick Haumu (3); Matt Nelson (2); Chris Hill(1) Player's Player: Josh Hunt & Mick Haumu. Thirds went down to Valley by 12-5; the Blues try scorer being Michael Hooke. Best & Fairest: Chris Hill (3); Dave McCulloch (2); Matt Hickey (1); Player's Player: Dave McCulloch. Fourth Grade were winners 10 points to 3 and continue on their charge to the finals series. Tim Jurd was the try scorer with 2 goals from Mick Down. Best & Fairest: Rob Handley (3); Chris Hughes (2); Nathan King (1); Player's Player: Tim Jurd & Nathan King. Next week the Blues are back at home at Lapstone Oval to take on the Briars club and the Under 19's start the days action at 10.55am against Oakhill. Players, coaches and managers should note that team photos will be taken before each game. For further information contact Chris Moloney on 0408 295 297.
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