RESULTS: Saturday 29th April vs St Greg's at Pittwater Rugby Park
2017 RUGBY DRAW
With the playoff matches vs St Greg’s College now complete the season draw will become clearer in the coming weeks. Our 13A, 14A & 15A sides will all play in the As competition while the 16As and 1st XV will play in the Bs and 2nd XV comps respectively. The 15Bs and 15Cs find themselves in the same ISA Cs competition, kicking off their ISA season against each other at Oxford Falls this weekend. The 16B and 13C sides will play a mix of scheduled and unmatched fixtures against schools from the ISA and other associations; however, we will also experience BYE rounds throughout the season. When BYE rounds occur for the 16Bs they will have the option to play in the 16A squad, play down in the 15C side or up in the Opens matches once the 16A team has been selected. The 13Cs will be required to play, reserve or support the other 13s sides during their BYE weekend and this will be communicated by the 13s coaching team at training each week. I thank parents in advance for their support and cooperation as we attempt to give all students as much game time as possible in competitions which are fairer for all.
RUGBY FIXTURES – Saturday 6th May vs Oakhill College
SPX RUGBY DINNER
The annual SPX Rugby Club Dinner will be held on Friday 16th June at Roseville Golf Club. The evening will be hosted by former Wallaby and Fox Sport Commentator, Rod Kafer with George Gregan as the special guest. Please see the flyer below for more details.
RUGBY REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN – PLEASE COMPLETE REGISTRATION ASAP
Registration will close this Friday 5th May and all players must be registered by the start of the ISA season to be eligible to play. To register simply click on the Trybooking link below. It only takes a few minutes and provides options to select transport options for later in the year all in one spot:
Mr J Lynch - Rugby Convenor
MATCH REPORT - SATURDAY 29th APRIL: 14BLUE (42 – 7)
Tries: Adam carpenter 2. Oli Fitzroy, Ben Christensen, Liam Chang 2, Talis Prior.
Standouts: Liam Chang, Adam Carpenter, Cole Simpson.
A great team and squad performance to overcome St Greg's in both matches, particularly considering the number of players unavailable through injury and the way players stepped up to the occasion. Things to work on: Body height and footwork in attack and defence; ball security at the breakdown; controlled aggression in tackles; runs and speed of counter attack.
This week we have only one training on Thursday due to the 80th Anniversary Mass, so let's all get there for a productive session and bring on Oakhill next Saturday.
Mr S Brannan, Mr J Kovacevic and D Ally - SPX 14s Rugby Squad Coaching Staff
FROM THE RUGBY DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Our younger teams, through to and including the U15s, are playing “total rugby” with lots of ball movement and support. Add to this the production of quick ball and it is exciting to watch. This enables all our younger teams to outplay much bigger and heavier opponents. Our only defeat came when a last minute conversion hit the post and our 13Bs lost by 2 points.
The value of an overseas coaching and playing tour was very evident when our U15s scored over 50 points and looked to have really benefited from the experience. Coaches also pick up valuable coaching messages and Mr Steinman's three points for his players are so relevant:
- Don’t run with the ball in front of you
- Work harder on the ground to recycle the ball
- Come off the defensive line quickly and together
All our teams can benefit from our 15’s experience in New Zealand.
16 As and Bs had losses but we now have enough players for two teams and that will improve greatly the quality of their performance in upcoming games.
In the Opens our 3rd XV had an emphatic win. The Seconds started really well leading by 12, only to take the foot off the accelerator and let St Greg's in.
The Firsts are frustrating at the moment, exhibiting some very good play then some lapses in concentration, failing to take advantage of time spent in their opponents 22. This will be addressed this week in readiness for the visit to Oakhill on Saturday.
This week we again have limited time together so it is important we take one aspect of last Saturday's games and look to improve our lower body tackling. This will increase the amount of turn-over ball we produce and lead to more tries with our support-based style of play.
Good luck to all at Oakhill on Saturday.
Mike Penistone - Rugby Development Officer