Round 13 Senior Match Report - Ben Blyton
Last Saturday saw our last home game of the season and a good size crowd turned up to see both B Grade and A Grade play Souths.

The B Grade side was missing several key players and was somewhat missing the quick fellas, having 12 forwards in the run on side. We started well and scored an early try. However after that it turned a bit and we ended up going down 31 to 16 in a very physical game. This was only our second loss of the year in B Grade and we are still a game clear in first place so there is no need to panic yet. It does however prove that we need to train and find some consistency of players on the field if we are going to go all the way in B Grade. 

A Grade, this was a game that in the end we should have won and we will look back at it as a game of missed chances and what should have been. The game was very close for most of the first half and for all but 5 minutes you could not split the sides, until we had our customary 5 minutes switch off. It was during this time that Souths scored their 2 first half tries (one when the referee was playing advantage to us not sure how that works, but we move on).  Fortunately we woke from our slumber and started to play some good football. This was rewarded just before half time when Ciaran Jennings scored and we went into half time trailing 14 7. The second half again was a close and exciting affair with Souths stretching their lead to 21 7 before the Crocs started to wear them down.  We came back through two tries to Jet Yates to tie the game up 21 all with about 5 minutes or so to go. Unfortunately the boys were unable to get out of their half for the last 5 minutes and a late penalty saw Souths sneak home with the win 24-21.  

A big congratulations to Henry Degoumois and Bayley Hakes from our Under 17s side, who made their A Grade debuts on the weekend. Both players will play many more before their careers are over. 

Both grades should have confidence of what can be achieved this year if we knuckle down and do a bit of hard work for the next 6 or so weeks.