Round 14 Vs Singleton Rugby Club @ Rugby Park
Maitland Private Hospital 1st Grade
Maitland 40 (Martin 2, Peniata, Birrell, Stafford, Logan tries, Maloney 4, Batey conv)
Premier 1 Bar TV Highlights
Firsts picked up another win but were made to work for it by the Bulls after a first half arm wrestle left 2 points the difference at half time. Singleton opened the scoring and made life difficult for the visitors, poaching from undermanned breakdowns and kicking well out of trouble. The Blacks weight of possession was telling though and they skipped away in the second half thanks to tries to Sap, Loges, Marto and an opportunistic Maxy. The Kiwi Adonis was powerful with the #8 jersey again, providing much of the go forward and another trouser-ruining situation for the opposition custodian, along with the relentless Sap and Biz. Captain Logan’s silky kick returns and Max Stafford’s speed and support around the breakdown were best of the backs.
Players’ player: Travis Brooke
Coach’s points 3/2/1: Stafford/Clacherty/Brooke
Bottrell Group 2nd Grade
Maitland 31 (Hoogland, Punch, Rees, Armstrong, Poloai tries, Punch 3 conv)
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Welcoming back tough-as-nails lock Klass-Jan Hoogland and denim short enthusiast Nick Davidson, Seconds racked up another comfortable bonus point win despite a backline reshuffle and missing influential back rowers Frenchy and The Gus Bus. Patty Armstrong showed no signs of a post ‘Splendour’ hangover, opening the scoring untouched with a slick back line play that left the Bulls bamboozled. The backs continued to do much of the damage through super-subs Junior Poloai and Luke Rees, as well as an impressive game from fly half Reece Chappell, who capitalized on the uncompromising work in tight from Affo and Ace.
Players’ player: Matt Affleck
Coach’s points 3/2/1: Fraser/Leadley/Taylor
Firestorm 3rd Grade
Maitland 39 (McCarthy 2, Vesper, Skinner, O’Connor, Collison, Wilmore tries, Golledge 2 conv)
Singleton Army 0
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Thirds stay top of the table after piling seven tries on the hapless recruits from Singleton Army. Standout centre Adam McCarthy nabbed a double and was hard to contain as usual, as rookie loose forward Bailey Skinner picked up man of the match honours with a try and several strong runs and even Vesper got one! Herald Sports reporter Josh Callinan is allegedly considering the vacant Pickers coaching position after taking the managerial reins at Rugby Park for the day and chalking up a win in comprehensive fashion.
Players’ player: Bailey Skinner
Coach’s points 3/2/1: Skinner/Collison/DC
Doyle Rural Services Under 19 Colts
Maitland 18 (Cant 2 tries, Hill 2 pen, Hill conv)
After leading at half time, the Colts fell agonizingly short to second place Wanderers three tries to two. Winger Jackson Cant scored both tries for the Blacks to add to his tally, and Jordan Hill kicked 8 points from the tee. Colts will play their last round game next week at home to Hamilton in shortened format draw, before a likely finals match up again with Wanderers the week after.
Players’ player: Jackson Cant
Coach’s points 3/2/1: Cant/Ulberg/Meafua
The Pourhouse 4th Grade
Players’ player: Daniel Jenkins
Coach’s points: Maunder/Jenkins/Lantry
Lillies and Limes Lady Blacks
Players’ player: Katrina Fry
Coach’s points 3/2/1: Fry/Davies/Sampford
The Last Home Game Members Draw (vs Waratah) was won but not claimed by Grant Mahony. Jackpots 5th August vs Nelson Bay to $1300. You must be a financial member and present at the draw to be eligible. If you haven’t renewed your membership or want to signed up to be in the running for this draw, see details below.
This Week Round 15 vs Nelson Bay Rugby Club @ Marcellin Park
P1 – 3:00pm
P2 – 1:40pm
P3 vs Medowie – 12:30pm
Colts vs Hamilton (Marcellin Park) – 11:10am
4th Grade vs Hamilton (Marcellin Park) – Friday 4th 7:40pm