Round 12 Write Up

12 JUL 2018 | BY NIKKI WILESMITH

In very wintery conditions, the Tumba-Batlow minor league travelled to Albury for our last away game of the regular season on Saturday.
Our families must be commended on all the travelling our club has done over the last couple of months. Our final two games are home games, so let’s finish on a high!

The Tumba-Batlow U6’s played Albury in a thriller at Albury.Tony Dawes, Cooper Rankin, Kawana Davies and Dean Bremner troubled the Albury defence on a number of occasions making big metres up the park and scoring plenty of points. Timana Brown showed off his ball skills out of dummy half while Levi Bremner denied the Albury attack on a number of occasions . It was an enjoyable game with a big team effort.

Under 8’s had another great game this weekend against Albury.
Great club pride was displayed by Evan and Isaac, offering to play up for the Under 9’s so that they would have enough players, even though it meant missing the game with the Under 8’s.
As well as that Sid and Lachie played up in the under 8’s as their game of under 7’s had been cancelled last minute.
 The team all did a great job against Albury. It was great to see their combined effort putting pressure on the opposition first receiver and also taking it in turns to take big runs at the Albury team.
A big congratulations to all those that played on the weekend, they showed true team and club pride, ensuring the club was able to field a full team in all available ages.

Under 10s took on albury down at albury in very cold and windy  conditions.
Our boys started of strong scoring two quick tries early in the game and converting  both goals before albury hit back with one. 
The game turned into a bit of a tussle then each team getting through there sets but good defense from both teams stopping the opposition. 
Tumba/batlow where next to score and albury hit back again just before half time.
After a chat at half time and a bit of confidence  that we could win the game the boys went out strong in the second half scoring 4 tries and refusing to let albury score through some great defense.
Metres up the middle were made easy by strong running from deon, darcy, ted, hunter,conner and ajay
And our defense was strong the boys never stopped chasing and cover defense really stood out to be our best all season chopper, steven, zane, deegan, pheonix, Sebastian.
The work we have been doing with dummy half and first reciever is really starting to show and work on the field.
This game is by fare the best performance the boys have played all year and looking forward to finishing  the season off with a few more wins

The under 11s Tumbarumba Batlow boys went up against Albury Green on Saturday in a very cold Albury. Despite the weather going into half time the score was 4-6 however Albury came away with the win 28-10.  Elijah Tokarei and William Smith were a sight to see in dummy half both obtaining their tries off a scoot. Arthur Smith had a really strong game in both defense and attack and also kick a goal. Dayne Perry made some great metres and put the team into great trying scoring positions. William Ingle made some strong tackles while Connor Speering made some strong chases on the fifth tackle kicks. Hamish Wood was amazing in defense and made some difficult tackles and Jonathon Gillespie made some much needed metres pushing through the defense line. Ryan Brown had an outstanding game and made some try stopping tackles and it was great to see Oliver Duffy, although injured and out for the season, on the side line to support the boys. This week saw some injuries and illness for the under 11 boys and we would like to say a huge thank you to Steven Houting, Troy Perry and Ted Smith who came up from the under 10s and were asked to play almost the entire game. All the boys ran hard and tackled strong and put in a great effort.

           Over the last few weeks the u12’s team have been playing some good football. Their defence has been improving week by week but this Saturday they jumped up a new level and looked fantastic. With Jos Davis, out Artie Smith and John Mcdermott led the forwards, helped out by Will Ingle and Jon Gillespie against a big pack in Albury thunder. With some creative attacking moves allowed Roy Smith to find some open space, leading him to score the first try for Tumbarumba. Conversion unsuccessful. with the score locked at four all. Tumbarumba’s enthusiasm lifted with Toby Duffy arriving late, who the team had been missing for a few weeks through injury. Hamish Wood and Elijah Tokarei were great in defence and some awesome barrowing runs. Dane Perry and Lachlan Peace saved certain tries out wide, both also scrambled on lose balls successfully. Jaime Jenkins and Cooper Wilesmith were fantastic in dummy half with smart runs gaining Tumbarumba valuable ground. Will Smith was dangerous with every run, if found out wider would have been unstoppable. While Connor Speering was awesome when involved. Defence was strong by both sides but Albury finally broke thought scoring. Conversion unsuccessful. 8-4. Albury’s large forward pack marched ahead with the luck of the bunce of the ball. Tumbarumba’s defence held strong forcing Albury to take a penalty goal. Conversion successful. 10-4. With only minutes left on the clock Tumbarumba rallied. It was Roy Smith who has been playing brilliant all year, broke through on a smart pass from Toby Duffy leading to a try. Fulltime siren goes. Toby Duffy converts a pressured kick. Final score 10 all. This was the team’s best defensive effort for the year, and when they string there moves together they look brilliant. Good work, all starting to come together.

Tumba / Batlow under 14’s ran away with a convincing 74 point victory against Albury Thunder on the weekend. With a few players away this week it was an awesome to see the boys excell in a few different positions all over the park the greens were full of running, shifting the ball wide and finding the overlap on plenty of occasions also bending the opposition back up the middle with aggressive running. Try scorers for the day were Kyle Wilesmith, Edwards Travaskis, Hayden Jenkins, Tyron Lesniak, Bailey Hawkins and Kyle Heinecke with nine conversions to back up the well deserved try’s. Kyle Wilesmith finished off a great backline play to barge over out wide, Edward burst threw the defensive line and raced away with untouched, Hayden found a hole on the edge of the ruck and ran a nice angle to cross the line. Tyron troubled the opposition all day making it look easy at times, Bailey Hawkins used his pace and footwork to score a couple of long range tries and Kyle Heinecke outsmarted the opposition markers to touch down next to the post’s. Kody Goldspink ripped in with barnstorming runs and was well backed up by Ethan Brown and Josh Parker all boys bending the defensive line back getting quick clean play the balls it gave Callum Jackson and Dylan McLachlan heaps of time. To chose which side of the field they should attack. Layne Bramich moved. Into the middle having a crack at front row playing well above his weight and keen to gat involved, Max Wilesmith was everywhere once again flawless in defence and mixed it up a bit this week with some ball playing troubling the edge and linking up well with his outside backs a big confidence boost for this humble young side this week an awesome team effort and very enjoyable to watch, really appreciate all the parents making the road trips over the past couple of months making it possible to field a full strength teams every week.

This weekend is a general bye due to the school holidays.
Next Saturday 21st July, we host the Tumut blues at Memorial Park Batlow. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page & app for game times.
Presentation night is Friday September 7th at the Tumbarumba Golf Club. 6pm for a 6:30 start. More details to come via our Facebook page & team app.

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