What a great result for our first full team run of the season. The Stags turned up in numbers and what a great sight to see so many players in the Gordon Green – GO GORDON!!Unfortunately, we were not granted access to the No 1 field at TG Millner but we more than overcame that slight drawback with an outstanding performance on the upper playing field behind the Eastwood Club House.
The Eastwood boys turned up keen to play. Unfortunately for them the backs seemed to be missing in action (must have been hair washing day) and the forwards filled their team out to number 13. Of course this meant our backs got to step around some slower moving machinery but also had to tackle some hard running boys that were bigger than they are normally used to. Mind you, those big boys can still motor when they want to with one of them making a break and running away from our backs to score a 40m try.
It was a great day of rugby played in glorious sunshine – those of us who went to the ACT remembered our sunscreen, after all we didn’t want sore heads the next day again (okay, the sunscreen wasn’t going to guarantee that) – over 3 x 20min 3rds and ended with the usual presentations, we remembered to dig the burnt wood trophy out of the cupboard to present back to Eastwood, and speeches that ensure anyone who thought they had a blinder is brought down to earth – gotta love golden oldies.
The Eastwood boys always put on a great day and it’s a pleasure to play against them – Thanks Charcoals.
The outstanding feature of the day, apart from having 18 players attend, was the exciting new talent that joined us for this impressive start to the season. A warm welcome to the following new faces:
Matt Curran , a strong running centre who scored 3 tries and received the Charcoals award for the outstanding player in our team. Matt received one of the best Rugby trophies we’ve seen in a long time – The Eastwood District Tennis Associations Winter 0f 1987 Girls Division 5 winners’ trophy. Due to the fact no one has mantle pieces these days it’ll obviously take pride of place on top of the TV.
Pablo Bawdekar, an ex-Lane Cove player keen to pack down on the side of the scrum or run on the wing or get flattened by about 350kg on the bottom of a ruck.
Anthony Johnson, an exciting addition to the front row and a scorer of an outstanding runaway try under the posts. He’ll lose his membership to the front row club if he keeps that up.
Matt “Sausage” Redward, still fresh after his first run with the Stags in Canberra, scored a number of tries but felt sorry for Eastwood as they were now short a player, due to an “effective” tackle from Karlos, and joined them for the last 10 minutes of the game. Of course he got touched up by our forwards (driven back 20 metres and ball turned over) to thank him for helping the opposition out. Great Golden Oldies attitude Matt and good work from our forwards. Matt is called Sausage by his mates – apparently he’s not good for your health, is a bit fatty but tastes great on a barbie – don’t ask me, I just play rugby with him, ask his mates.
Kris Weston, who was dying to get on the field but is recovering from a knee injury. Kris came to check it out and ran water for us. Great work Kris, see you at the Battle of the North Shore.
Matt Callahan, not really a new face as he comes from Wahroonga and comes and bashes it up with us when there are no games happening up at Wahroonga. Good to have with us big fella. Better running with us then against us.
So that just leaves me to acknowledge the return of our regular players in Karl “Karlos” Houghton, Mark Staveley”– who received the Mug’s Mug for being, not once, but twice penalised and threatened with a send off for shoulder charging (Those Mungos are slow learners), Matt “Croz” Crozier, Scott Tanfield, Hamish “Gifted” MacDonald (The best scrum half that Gordon’s ever seen, just ask him), Ric Brennan, Alex “Grumpy” Burton, Nick “The Ging” Gleeson, Thomas “Rocky” Roch and Dave Whightely. Well done guys on our first local hit out for the season.