KWS 1st XV v St. Gregory’s Campbelltown (11th August 2018)
KWS Won 31-26
Playing for the Reconciliation Shield is a highlight of the season and after surrendering the Shield to Greg’s last year the boys were determined to bring it home. The pre-match preparation saw The Great Gary Ella address both teams and remind the boys of the significance of reconciliation and what an important occasion this match represents. In addition, both teams entered the playing arena together after being piped across the walkway and then down the stairs to the sound of the digeridoo, an example to all about friendship, putting our differences aside and respect for each other.
As the whistle blew the intensity grew. The initial impacts were momentous and KWS found themselves camped in the Greg’s 22. KWS had multiple chances but the opposition was resilient to say the least. Lachlan Fisher broke the deadlock and scored under the posts and Rhys Draper added the extras. Greg’s hit back immediately and the pressure was back on KWS. Electing to run with the howling wind, in the first half, KWS knew they needed more points. Jock ‘The Marvellous’ Medway was rewarded for his tireless workload and scored a 5 pointer but again Greg’s were not to be outdone and at halftime the score was 12-12.
With the wind in their face, KWS produced arguably their best 15 minutes of football directly after halftime. Retaining possession, fast breakdowns and running with real purpose and passion saw tries to Ellis Hawker, Hamish Kidd and Aidan Kelso, the scoreboard tick over to 31-12, a commanding lead to say the least. Whilst you would think this would break the hearts of the Boys from Campbelltown, and they might be looking for the bus to take them home, the opposite occurred. Greg’s mounted one of the most inspiring comebacks, scoring 2 quick tries. The score put them in reach of retaining the Reconciliation Shield but as the sand ran out of the hour glass, so did their chance of winning and the KWS 1st XV ensured that the Reconciliation Shield would stay in Orange for the next 12 months.
Tries: Lachlan Fisher (Birthday Boy), Jock Medway, Ellis Hawker, Hamish Kidd, Aidan Kelso
Conversions: Rhys Draper 2, Brett Johnson
Points: 3 points Jock Medway; 2 points Jack Jones; 1 point Lachlan Fisher, Ellis Hawker.
KWS 1st XV v St Stanislaus College (18th August 2018)
Final Score : SSC 38-KWS 12
The stage was set with both Stannies and KWS playing for runners up in the 2018 ISA competition. It was always going to be a massive game with the John O’ Neill Shield on offer as well. The game started well for KWS with plenty of possession and the backs through Lachie Fisher and Preston Simpson looking dangerous early with plenty of ball. Stannies defence was impressive with either team not taking a backward step. Stannies were first to score through some good phase play. KWS hit back shortly after with a great try to Ellis Hawker but the conversion was unsuccessful. Stannies dominated possession for the remainder of the half and scored to finish off the first half. SSC12 - KWS 5.
The second half saw the KWS men put together some excellent phases and continue with some fantastic defence. Jack Jones, Aidan Kelso, Hamish Kidd and William Smith line speed and commitment at the tackle was outstanding. Stannies we very patient and dominant at the breakdown and ran in three quick tries. The KWS men now had a real challenge and their never give up attitude saw a number of good line breaks and Henry Carter scored a great try. The score line was now getting closer. However, Stannies defence and composure saw them victorious on the day to secure the John O’ Neill Shield.
The KWS men should be proud of their efforts and the passion in which they played the game. It was a wonderful spectacle of country schoolboy rugby which made the coaches and KWS rugby community proud. A great season, well done.
Tries: Ellis Hawker, Henry Carter
Conversions: Rhys Draper
Points: 3 Lachie Fisher, 2 Ellis Hawker, 1 Aidan Kelso, Will Smith.
KWS 2nd XV v SSC 2nd XV
The KWS 2nd XV endured the worst of the windy and wet conditions against the undefeated competition leaders. Stannies started well with two early tries as a result of KWS defensive lapses. Nic Booth then sparked a KWS come-back with a brutal 50m break before an intercept stifled a try. KWS managed to make a turnover soon after before Nic broke through again to score. Unfortunately the KWS defence went to sleep just before half time as Stannies scored to lead 17-5. The first half saw KWS smashed in the scrums losing all but one of their own feeds. In the second half KWS countered the strong Stannies scrum by getting the ball out quickly to win all but one scrum. This ability to maintain more possession saw KWS build pressure which resulted in tries to Hamish MacDougall and Nic Booth. Stannies proved too strong though and scored again to win the match 24-15. This was a great performance by the KWS 2nd XV who played excellent rugby against very good opposition. Best: 3 Nic Booth, 2 Will Smith, 1 Jack O’Brien.
KWS 2nd XV v SGC 2nd XV
The KWS 2nd XV started slowly against a tough St Greg’s team who scored within the first 20 seconds. This sparked KWS into action as they dominated possession with strong phase play. Ben Bellamy crossed for a try from a 5m scrum to level the scores before half time. The second half again saw Greg’s score quickly due to poor defending before KWS again hit back with a try to Jack O’Brien from an attacking lineout. Angus Andrews converted to put KWS in the lead. Tim Mutton then scored to stretch the lead to 7 points with 20 minutes to play. St Greg’s lifted in intensity and scored another try to trail by 2. KWS managed to maintain their composure and built pressure through outstanding phase play before Cameron Miller crashed over to again stretch the lead to 7. Mitch Strike sealed the win with the conversion to see the final score 24-15. This was a hard fought win against a tough opponent who refused to give in. Henry Carter (3 points) was outstanding in both attack and defence managing to shut down a dangerous opposition fullback on many occasions. Jack O’Brien (2 points) and Ben Bellamy (1 point) had excellent games with huge work rates.
KWS 16As v St Greg’s
KWS won 62-0
The lads a had a day out against the Campbelltown crew, the scorers ran out of ink with ten individual try scorers. The ten individual try scorers highlighted what a team effort it was, the support play and hole running was a highlight of the day.
The first try come off a line out move which resulted in a tip on from Josh D to Nic Rasmussen who made a strong run and set up the attack structure for Josh D to score a few minutes later.
The boys showed good transition into our shape and the likes of Fletcher Ryan and Alex Brien recognised the space which resulted in points regularly.
Some good charges by Harry May, Digby Cooper and Ed Taylor got us in advantageous position to attack the edges. Lew Connick, Josh Dominello and Lachlan Smith led the defence all game.
Thank you to the guys who played B’s who also had a good win and then backed up.
KWS 62 (Tries Josh Dominello, Hugh Aldersley, Ed Taylor, Fletcher Ryan, Lachlan Donnelly, Hugh McIntyre, Lachie Smith, Liam Choi, Alex Brien, Harry Kermode. Goals Lachlan Donelly 3 and Alex Brien 3) to St Greg’s 0.
KWS 16As v Stannies (18th August 2018)
KWS won 26-10
The game was set up in the first half when our defence constantly repelled the Stannies attack. This defence was led by Lachie Smith, Josh Dominello, Lew Connick and Ed Taylor. We had less than 3 phases in attacking zone in the first half and a great ball from Lachie Donnelly put Hugh McIntyre over the line for a meat pie. We went into half time leading seven to nil.
After the break we open the shoulders and let the ball sing along the back line which saw Mr Speedy (Liam Choi) streak away for his customary five pointer. From the kick off we shifted again this saw Cody Kelso get one on one and beat about five would be tacklers to score a great try.
Mr versatile Nic Rasmussen who has played three different positions the last three weeks and has been outstanding at hooker, flanker and centre put on a great hit to save a certain try.
Some strong running yet again from Harry May, Digby Cooper, Jack Pengilly and Hugh Aldersley along with some sharp passes from Will Leulf set up some great space for the like of Fletcher Ryan and Alex Brien to carve through the defence which eventuated in a try to Lachie Donnelly.
A great way to finish the season, well done lads.
KWS 26 (Tries Lachlan Donnelly, Hugh McIntyre, Liam Choi, Cody Kelso. Goals Lachlan Donnelly 2 and Alex Brien 1) to Stannies 10.
KWS 13As v St Gregorys Campbelltown
KWS won 27-10
The 13As played a very positive Rugby game on Saturday, coming out on top 27-10, despite the size and weight of the opposition. The 1st half saw KWS have plenty of chances, with the visitors just holding on. At 7-5 at oranges we were happy, but we would have like to be further ahead, as KWS had all the territory and ball. Unfortunately, Sam Deshon had a head clash, which lead to him being taken off for medical attention(scoring a try before heading to hospital), along with stand off, Hugh Thompson, with an ankle complaint. With the side reshuffled (thanks to Charlie Collins, Will Pearce and Jack Chamberlain) the boys played some really positive footy, to strike out to a commanding lead.
Fantastic tackling from, Luke Dominello, Ethan Shaw, Harry Nuthall and Tom Patton all allowed KWS to stay in the game. With the ball, KWS moved it around nicely, with Captain Jock Litchfield on the wing, scoring 3 tries in the 2nd half!! Carter finished a nice game with a meat pie also. Harry Priest distributed the ball nicely. Charlie Hall and Dudley kept their opposition players quiet with excellent defence, while Oscar and Lachie had power house running games. Will Fuller had a solid game at the back and congratulations to Zac on his debut in the A’s!
Well done Gents on an entertaining game, where everyone had to dig deep to get the win.
I will see you at training again this week.
KWS 13As v Stannies
KWS Lost 55-7
Up against a much bigger side, the KWS team put up an admirable effort to tackle and aim up time after time in a one sided affair. Hugh Thompson, Carter Kirby, Luke Dominello and Charlie Hall led the way.
An intercept by Jock Litchfield was a highlight, but couldn’t spark a full revival. Harry Bylsma, Tom Patton and Dudley all gave 100% in difficult circumstances.
We are all looking forward to the Trathern V Daybug game… Go Trathen!!
KWS 13Bs v Stannies
KWS Lost 57-0
Up against a physically bigger side, the KWS team put up an admirable effort to tackle and aim up, time after time, in a one sided affair. Jack Chamberlain, Will Pearce and Max Bloomfield led the way. Many thanks to Max, who again backed up for the A’s and carried on with his awesome defence. Hugo Jansen had his best game for the year - tackling like a man possessed! KWS just couldn’t get the ball, which made for a tough game. Harry Bylsma, Kayden, Ned and Mack all gave 100% in difficult circumstances.
We are all looking forward to the Trathern V Daybug game… Go Trathen!!