Result: Morpeth 17 defeated Dungog 8
Dungog had their first home game for the season with the ground being wet
and the ball slippery ,the first half of the game was a nail biting, edge of
your seat game , with a full team and 4 on the bench the boys were strong
all though the game & kept talking to one another.
Dungog took control of the ball straight away with Angus McPherson and Paul
Locke making some great ground with the ball. With a bad pass from our boys
Morpeth gained possession of the ball and crossed over for the first try of
the game with them converting this try. Morpeth were now in control of the ball and then lost it because of a knock on to Dungog and this started a scenario for both teams playing in the very wet
conditions. Dungog got the ball back down near our line and Sam Thornton saw an
opportunity out wide passing the ball to Brodie Tull who then crossed over
for his first try of the season, with Jake Eyb unfortunately finding the wet
conditions hard to convert the try.
Dungog’s ball skills and handling of the ball and being able to make some
good runs & keeping it tight enabled Cameron McLean the opportunity to cross
over. Unfortunately Mitchell Grey also found a conversion hard in wet conditions.
The boys had the ball and were making great inroads into the Morpeth defence only for the half time siren to sound.
Brad Andrews, Jake Eyb, Alex Haylett, Gus Lawrence & Louie Williams made
some great ground thoroughout the game in attack, with Cameron McLean, Ethan Edwards, Tom Hudson, Mitch Grey & Sam Thornton making some really spectacular tackles in defence.
Pat Chant played a great game, gathering the ball off Morpeth though a bad
pass and making some great ground getting the ball back up our end.
Alex Haylett was unfortunately taken off with 15 minutes left on the clock
with a bad knock to his head, The whole team wish Alex a speedy recovery .
In the second half Morpeth took control of the game and although the Dungog boys
kept their communication going and kept the pressure on, Morpeth, the score was not an
indication of a well played game by all of the team. All the boys need to be
congratulated for the great game they played today. They really stepped it up
considering they were playing the top team in this Division.
Dungog Under 15s travelled to Belmont North where they were defeated 36-10. Belmont took control straight up and scored in the first five minutes and it wasn’t long before Belmont went in again to score again, but our boys were not giving up without a fight.
Belmont had a few knock ons giving our boys the chance to score a try with Sam Thornton doing a very nice grubber kick and it curved back around allowing Jack Fisher the chance to cross over for our first try of the game with Jake Eyb converting this try.
Dungog then made a few errors giving Belmont the opportunity to take control of the first half.
Coming back on for the second half of the match saw our boys come back playing a great second half with Mitch Grey, Paul Locke, Gus Lawrence, Jake Bannister, Brad Andrews and Louis Williams making some great ground. All the boys done some great tackling out there today. With about 15 minutes left on clock the boys held strong allowing Alex Haylett to score his first try of the season. This try gave the boys the boost they needed but the clock beat us in the end. Man of the match this week was Paul Locke, with the best and fairest points going to Paul Locke 3, Mitch Grey 2 & Brad Andrews 1. Heidi Thornton
Dungog Warriors Under 15’s travelled to Kotara and were defeated 26-14. The team had only 12 players and the boys need to be congratulated on a great game despite the result, after losing one player to an injury leaving us with only 11 players on the field. Kotara were leading at half time and being the stronger team with reserves on their bench.
The boys came back strong in the second half with Sam Thornton off-loading the ball to Brad Andrews, who scored his first try of the season eight minutes into the second half . This try gave the boys a boost of confidence to move forward as a team. Not long after that, Sam Thornton was passed the ball and charged the line and crossed over to score his first try of the season. After a scrum and a small kick from Gus Lawrence, Sam crossed over for his second try, with Cameron McLean converting the try.
Matt Holmes was great with his kicking, with the opposition even commenting on this. Paul Locke and Brad Andrews had great games in the front Row, Jake Eyb and Jake Bannister made some great runs, taking the ball forward along with all other members of the team.
The whole team needs to be congratulated on playing a strong game.
A big Thank you to Mitch Maytom, Rocky Eyb and Matt Chant on helping the boys.
Man of the match this week was awarded to Sam Thornton and Brad Andrews.