2016 Match Report Week 32

U10 Surfers Green vs Tamborine

The Greens travelled to the cooler clime of Mt Tamborine but were unfortunately greeted by a half-strength Tamborine side --- only 6 players. Surfers gifted 6 volunteers (Finn, Fletch and Dan Wells in the 1st half, then Kenny, CJ and Josh in the 2nd) but Tamborine were also down a referee. Having just flown in from Adelaide, Australia's #1 U10 referee Adam Loxley was pressed into service by Surfers' coach and a modified game began -- full field, 9-on-9 with uncontested 3-man scrums.

The Greens had targeted this game to give players an opportunity in different positions and the reduced player numbers meant the pressure was off those players in new positions, and they could play more freely.

Surfers' attack was ruthless from the start and the first try was scored under the posts inside 45 seconds. Surfers had a good passing game, and combined with aggressive counter rucking, the tries flowed: 7 in the first half punctuated by 5 conversions -- 45-0 at half time.

Most pleasing about the first half was the way the Surfers played -- good support play, good passing and setting each other up for tries. The try of the half was scored on the back of good counter rucking, passing in the tackle then breaking the defensive line to put a supporting Winger away for the try.

The second half was better with Tamborine scoring first - 45-5 - and then Tamborine restricted Surfers to 'only' 5 further tries.

Surfers again were dominant in open play with more support play, break outs and slick passing complimenting the turn-overs at the ruck. Surfers also dominated the lineouts winning all the lineouts from both teams' throws.

Two tries stood out in the 2nd half -- the first was an 'intentional' cross-field kick from inside Surfers' 22 to a flying lock who collected the bounce and raced 65m for the score. The second try was scored on the back of two 10m passes which outflanked the right-hand defence; the second pass from an experimental Centre hit a speedy Winger square on the chest and allowed an uncontested 40m run to the line.

Final score: 76-5 to the Greens.

Player of the Match -- Not awarded. Very difficult to award this prize when half the team volunteered to play against their mates. A massive "thank you" to Finn, Fletch, Dan Wells, Kenny, CJ and Josh who made the game possible.

Player of the Week -- Erich. An impressive couple of weeks. Has risen to the challenge of leading the Colts by example. Marked lift in attitude at training since being asked to lead the Colts. Great games on Friday and Saturday -- tackles, runs, ruck work.

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U10 Surfers Yellow vs Helensvale Hogs

If ever there was a time to roll out the old cliche of "a game of 2 halves", this was it.

While Yellow dominated the ruck and scrum, they simply couldn't hold onto the ball. The extent of this prolific "ball-dropping" was so extreme, that the opposition were heard to say:
"Don't worry about pushing in the ruck and trying to get the ball, they're going to drop it anyway and we'll get it back anyway".

With another slow start, Yellow were soon down 0-5. A few dropped balls later and Hogs were in again. 0-12. Despite more drops, Yellow dominated possession, turned over rucks and won a few tight heads to go over for their first try just before the break. 7-12.

Half-Time (7-12)

There's been a lot of speculation about what was said during the half-time talk and rumours suggest that it may have resembled a talk from Coach Taylor (Friday Night Lights).

The "Other" Yellow team came out for the second half and that's all that was required.

The second half began and Yellow continued to dominate the break down, but this time they held onto the ball and began to pile on the points in a 10minute scoring spree. . 12-12, then running it from their own 22, spreading it wide. 17-12, 22-12, 29-12.

A lapse of concentration and penalty let Hogs in for a Try. 29-17, before a darting run ended just short of the line before the supporting player, cleaned out, scooped up and scored. 34-17.

One more mistake by Yellow gifted Hogs a try 34-24.

Fittingly, it was Yellow who had the final say as they secured the win with a try on the final whistle. 39-24.

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U12 Surfers Yellow vs Bond

The U12s competition has really changed from the start of the season. All the opposition teams have really stepped it up a few notches and turn up well prepared and motivated to take on the Surfers boys each week.

Bond was no exception to this and placed our boys under immense pressure. Bond looked to play the game in our half with a well-executed kicking game, where their dominant scrum and could cause us problems.

They pushed to slow the game into a set-piece affair, to get away from our fast paced and dynamic speed strategy. This worked brilliantly for Bond in the first half which saw them lead us 10 points to 7.

However the second half response from Surfers was brilliant and the game was played the way we wanted to play, which saw us score 21 unanswered points, to secure the win 28 to 10.

Really proud to see the boys lift and not panic under the pressure from an opposition who had done their homework and played an excellent game! Surfers U12s will focus hard at training and “look to raise the bar” for the last few weeks to target an unbeaten record for 2016.

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