Third Grade - Division 1 Grand Final
Well we made it to the Grand Final this in itself is a wonderful achievement. Game day we all turned up at the ground a little stressed, anxious and excited.
Changing room facilities were adequate but very congested with the colts preparing for a 11am game and the 3rds at 11.20 am so a bit of a distraction.
The game oﬃcials on the day were a good group and the game was managed well and in a consistent manner which the players want and appreciate.
We started the game well a few early touches and the confidence started to grow. We kept the ball held our shape which allowed us to move the opposition around , this gave us momentum seeing them out of shape and with a few passes we were in and Shaq scored our ﬁrst try oﬀ what can be described as playing to the game plan that was well executed.
Jesse Rihari converted from a diﬃcult angle 7-0. Then for a period we tended to allow the opposition to gain space by stepping back in defence instead of closing them down by denying them that space. This allowed Palmyra to gain confidence and get themselves back into the game. We made several silly errors and our ball handling and retaining skills where not up to our usual standard. Eventually Paly sneaked in and scored a try which they converted 7-7.
With the game now even both teams were in the game Jesse made a number of good clearance kicks that got us on the front foot again and back in their half giving us a chance once again to expose their wings, Tamati Young at full back made a number of excellent runs one of which resulted in a try under the posts which was converted by Jesse. 14-7 This was our last scoring move. And now halftime.
The second half started, and Palmyra came out of the blocks and threw everything they had at us. 5 minutes in and they made several changes to their team which changed the way they played. We made several infringements that allowed them to gain territory and for a full 15 minutes we defended in our 22-withstanding increasing pressure from their pack they eventually broke us and scored - game tied again 14-14,
Now we were in for a real arm wrestle and we got in their half but at a crucial point we made a small error and handed the ball back to Palmyra who then worked us back down the field into our own 22 again and they forced an error out of us in the last 3 minutes of the game right in front of the posts. Along with the penalty we also received a yellow card for repeated offences. The Palmyra Kicker stayed calm, kicked and gave them the 3-point lead over us. 14-17.
We had one last chance from the resulting restart, but Palmyra held firm and we ran out of time. Final Result Joondalup Brothers 3rd grade 14 – Palmyra 3rd grade 17.
We were always in the game and we can be proud of our performance and hold our heads up. Being gracious in defeat is also an attribute that we can be proud of because it shows good character and we were very gracious. What made our Grand Final day such a success was not just the players in the final team squad, It was all the players who backed up the team all season giving the team that conﬁdence that every player on the ﬁeld could have been replaced by players
on the bench on the day and acquitted themselves as well as the players who played did.
THE SQUAD: Glen Jessup, Daniel O’Flaherty, Matt Duggan, Pete Cotton, Sean Moreman, Sam Brockelsby, Alex Ormis-(Frankie), Phil Dvorak, Piate Kahika Taipa, Geriant Way, Gareth Thomas, Temanea Rangi, Jessie Rihari, Shaquille Greenwood, Tamati Young. THE BENCH: Chad Capelli, Craig Findlay, Shaun Ilton, Mane Paroro Hou-Pere, Stuart Young, Bobby Edwards, Eric Palmer, Jeremy Shaw, Hayden vd Merwe, Stephen Butchers, Michael Walker
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Premier Grade - Division 2 Grand Final
Brother’s faithful turned out on mass to cheer on their Premier Grade side in the division 2 Grand Final. The tunnel stretched the full length of the run onto the field and that roared as the players went through. What a way to start the game for the players, it was all over to them and they certainly started the game in fine fashion dominating the early exchanges. Brothers threw everything at the UWA boys however they held firm and repelled the Brothers attacking raids.
UWA set a maul from a lineout win on the Brothers 40 meter line but great work from Matt De Beer saw him work his way through the maul to lock the ball in and get a turnover. From the ensuring play Clay Uyen released his backline and with some great work from Sheldon Tarawa and Justin Zietsman, Ford Hemi was set on his way down the wing, out sprinting the cover to score a well-deserved team try. Clay added the extras. UWA responded quickly with a penalty conversion score line Brothers up 7 to 3.
UWA found themselves hard on attack until a loose ball at the break down saw Clay Uyen scoop it up inside his own 22, beat a couple of defenders and run 80 meters to score the Brothers 2nd try. Clay converted his own try to see the Brothers out to a 14 to 3 lead. UWA once again pressured the Brothers line and were rewarded with a penalty and another 3 points were added. Brothers were well in coltrol leading 14 to 6 at halftime.
The second half started at a frantic pace with both teams playing some expansive rugby. Brothers received a yellow card for an offside infringement when UWA made a break, UWA attacked the line however the Brothers stood up, 1 man down and held firm to force an error on their own line. Brothers threw the ball wide from the ensuing scrum and found themselves in plenty of space, a chip over the top had the UWA defenders beaten until an unfavourable bounce for Brothers saw the ball evade them and sit up nicely
for UWA who ran back well inside the Brothers territory to score on the next phase out wide to narrow the score Brothers leading 14 to 11. Brothers clawed back 3 points from via Clay Uyen boot from a penalty. 17 to 11 Brothers up. Soon after a scrum formed with Brothers feeding, a narrow strike saw the ball stripped and UWA charge of for the line, a brilliant tackle was all that stopped UWA from scoring. From the next play they crossed the line only to be held up however the referee awarded a penalty try due to
a high tackle along with their 2nd yellow card of the game. UWA had hit the front 18 to 17. UWA had all the momentum now and were well on the attack, again they received a penalty that was easily converted. UWA up 21 to 17. Both teams exchanged attacking raids for the remainder of the match, Brothers were again challenging UWAs defense, Clay Uyen made a break from deep inside his own half to be brought down into UWAs territory, Brothers continued to throw the ball around and another good break to Ford Hemi put Brothers
right on the front foot as they searched for the 5 pointer to regain the lead. This wasn’t to be however the Brothers had put on a courageous performance, one to be proud of.
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