Bluey's v's Hunters hill

18 July 2004

Bluey's v's Hunters hill Blues Injury Toll Continues Blue Mountains Rugby's season of injury woes continued last Saturday when First Grade No. 8 Ben Smith suffered a broken leg in the match against Hunters Hill at Boronia Park. Whilst the First Grade side were defeated, the match was always tight with the lead changing on a few occasions.Hunters Hill raced to a 12-nil lead in the first half. After the second stanza was delayed due to Smith's injury, the Blues hit back with a penalty goal to Dave Twomey and a try out wide to Flanker Jack Daniels reducing the deficit to just 4 points. A try following a 30 metre dash down the left flank by winger Ross Kerkham, who found rookie lock Liam Winton in support to take the final pass and plunge over for the second five pointer.The successful conversion by Twomey had the Blues ahead by 15-12. However the lead was short lived with the Hills scoring a penalty and 2 further converted tries - one from an intercept deep in Hills territory and the opposition ran out to a 29-15 lead. Not to be outdone, the Blues mounted further attacks which resulted in their third try to winger Darren Thomas; converted by Twomey. The final score 29-22. Open side flanker Jack Daniels played an outstanding game and was rewarded with the Player's Player & Best & Fairest awards for the game. Best & Fairest: Jack Daniels(3); Dave Orr(2); Dave Twomey(1); Player's Player: Jack Daniels. Second Grade maintained their top four position with a gutsy 22 -20 victory. After being up 15-5 at the break, the Blues lapsed somewhat and allowed the opposition to score 3 tries and take a 20-15 lead. However with less than 5 minutes remaining, centre and man of the match James Richey scored under the posts and his own conversion won the game.Scorers: Try's Matt Nelson son, "Daisy" Hooke and James Richey; Ritchey 3 goals. Best & Fairest: James Ritchey(3); Jason Cashell(2);Chris Hand, Brendan Kelly Travis Seager(1); Player's Player: James Richey. Third Grade's horror season continued ; soundly beaten by 33-7. Daniel Wright was the try scorer with the conversion by Jim Hand. Best & Fairest: Chris Hill(3); Jeff Apps(2); Ben Bifield & Dave McCulloch (1 each); Player's Player: Chris Hill. Fourth Grade also kept their semi final hopes alive with a sound 20-8 win. Tries to Mick Middleton & Morvin Edwards with Mick Down kicking 4 goals.Best & Fairest: Chris Hughes(3); Morvin Edwards(2); Mick Middleton(1); Player's Player: Mick Middleton. Next week the Blues travel to Windsor to take on Hawkesbury Valley in the local derby. For further information on club activities contact Chris Moloney on 0408 295 297.
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