The Blueys first grade sides amazing run in their return to first division Rugby rolled on at Lapstone Oval when the mountain goats defeated Knox 41-26 to stretch their undefeated run to four and to remain outright leaders.The Blueys were over in the first moments of play looking very sharp,but as the game settled down a pattern emerged,our backs were way to classy and quick,but our packs intensity dimmed at times,and in fact all of the oppositions tries came from their forwards,and there was some pretty ordinary defence involved>However,the Blueys always looked superior overall,and showed in the last quarter of an hour or so,that they could hold out a technical Rugby side with skill and commitment when they put their mind to it.Although missing a few players the side benefited from the clubs great depth.It was terrific to see man of the match Ellis Patrick in action with his usual great game,while few will forget Harry Kirkwoods five star effort,including a hatrick,and yet another showing of a solid blend of class and genuine ticker.
BM 41 ( H Kirkwood 3 E Baleivalu M Green G Duncan tries Krolly 4 cons ,pen)
B&F 3 E Patrick 2 H Kirkwood 1 M Green PP Harry Kirkwood
Not to be outdone 2nds turned on the power and class again to thrash Knox 33-3.Playing entertaining Rugby again,the boys blew Knox off the park and always looked in control and deserved the size of their impressive win.Tom Teuma has certainly hit a golden streak of the form on the paddock at the moment and was an inspiration to see in action,while as usual James Richey was in everything,and by the end of the game Knox were sick and tired of being over shadowed by his experience and ability.
BM 33 (D Farrugia T Teuma B Jones B Moroney J Richey tires J richey 4 cons.)
B&F 3 T Teuma 2 J Richey 1 D Farrugia PP J Richey
Bit frustrating to watch the colts at the moment,once again they lost a game which they looked like they could have won going down 20-14.In the first half in particular they dominated possession,but couldnt put them away,and played positive Rugby for most of the match,but spoiled it by making silly mistakes at crucial times.This team is loaded with talent and when they get into full gear look out!..two stand outs on the day were Darcy Thompson and man of the match James Sheiles,while Rutts was in everything as well.
BM 14 (T Samoluk M Monahan tries J Sheiles 2 cons)
B&F 3 J Shieles 2 L Ruttley 1 D Thompson
Thirds got home on the back of a Tim Wiseby try to win 5-0,in a match was turned out to be another arm wrestle,the boys set a great plaform again,but seemed to lack enough spark in attack to push home their advantage to the scoreboard,but the best team on the day got the points,no doubt about that.When looking for players to give special mention,hard to go past the bloke in the number 15 jumper,the silver fox was outstanding,even though the ref didnt share the same opinion at one stage,Dave Thomas was in classic form.
BM 5 ( T Wiseby try)
B&F 3 D Thomas 2 W Hannen 1 L Mcnichol J Wickenden
Home game advantage is dimished at times for fourth grade at Lappo,as more often than not the opposition is short of players and those from higher grades fill in and this is what happened to the boys in their 31-0 thrashing.However,they are a good side,but lack of respect for the ball and basic errors didnt help their cause,there were some big positives though,Bully once again was awesome,doesnt matter where he plays you know you will get 100% out of him,and a heart to match the huge ability he has (and of course the ladies were queuing up to see him in action).
B&F 3 B Bull 2 D Vavega 1 T Graham PP Bully
Fifths are yet to win a match,when Mosman beat them for the first time on Lapstone Oval running out 24-3 winners.The Blueys were in it for plenty of the game,in fact were down by only two points at the break,but with things like the injury to Sam Henderson,the visitors finished the stronger.Plenty of word on the street as to how good Tom Graham is,and once again he proved the gossip to be on the mark with outstanding display playing some magic Rugby,while pat Cromie was also in special form.
BM 3 (S Henderson pen)
B &F 3 T Graham 2 B Moroney 1 P Cromie PP Pat Cromie