Don't forget the trivia night tomorrow night at 6:30pm at the Maso's. There will be prizes on offer Harvey Norman has provided a TV to raffle, the Maso's are also supporting with some items, bottles of Wine plus a few extra liquid prizes. There will be some trivia for the kids as well. See you all there!!!
Hello everyone. TO get more excited for the 3rd Grade grand final we have released the 2015 photos of the semi's and Grand final from last year. They are on the website or Oatley Rugby Club Facebook page. Cheers Andrew
Round 14, U8’s
Burraneer Blue v Oatley
John Dwyer Oval
After several days of showers the rain held off and Saturday morning dawned overcast but dry. John Dwyer Oval looked like a picture post card… from a mud wrestling competition. Conditions underfoot were slippery and not conducive to nippy speedsters, which are one of Oatley’s main strengths.
Oatley kicked off and immediately put pressure on Burra and working their way close to the Burra line before turning the ball over. Berra worked their way back down the field and after some sustained pressure finally broke through to score the opening try after 4min of play.
4min Try: Burra
From receiving the kick off Oatley maintained possession for 4 phases and made 7 passes where both Marley and Liana featured twice. They worked all the way across the field and then back again before Liam was bundled into touch.
From the ensuing line out Burra dropped the ball which was pounced on by Marley who took it straight ahead into contact before turning and offloading to Charlotte who darted away to score in the corner.
7min Try: Oatley (Charlotte)
Burra received the kick off and ran the ball hard up the middle of the park working through 4 phases before scoring.
9min Try: Burra
Charlotte gathered the kick off and ran hard down the touch line to score in the corner.
10min Try: Oatley (Charlotte)
Oatley kicked off and quickly regathered possession from a Burra knock on and scrum. Oatley worked the ball left and then right before Burra managed to put the ball into touch 10m from Burra’s line.
Oatley got monstered from the line out, going backwards as the Burra players ran up hard fast and in a line and at the second ruck they managed to steal the ball. Burra worked the ball downfield through multiple phases before getting a penalty (not releasing the tackled player) 5m from Oatley’s line. Burra took the tap and after one phase bulldozed their way over to score.
14min Try: Burra
Oatley received the kick off and popped out a couple of promising offloads before losing possession with a forward pass.
From the scrum Burra ran hard up the field before being bundled into touch 10m from Oatley’s line.
From the line out Oatley was again monstered by the Burra players running up hard and in a line. The ball spilled back over the try line and was pounced on by Burra to score.
17min Try: Burra
From the kick off Oatley made a couple of good short runs through Marley and Harry until the ball got stuck in a maul that was going backwards at high speed. Finally the ball popped out over the Oatley try line again where Harry made a valiant run out from deep in his own goal. He ran into Burra’s biggest player who stripped the ball and after a couple of phases Burra was only just bundled into touch as their player went to score.
The resulting Oatley line out was again monstered and Isaiah just managed to run the ball out of Oatley’s in goal before being bundled into touch.
Burra ran the ball up hard and received a penalty for Oatley not releasing the tackled player and from the quick tap they scored.
20min Try: Burra
Half time Burraneer 5 tries to Oatley 2
Burra kicked off the second half and Oatley ran it back strongly halfway where Harry was bundled into touch.
Burra worked the ball into midfield 20m from the Oatley line where they got a penalty from an Oatley player entering the ruck incorrectly. The resulting very quick tap saw them scoot across field and run into touch 10m from Oatley’s try line.
Again Burra were up on Oatley’s line out very quickly and there developed a scramble for possession as the ball bobbled around in and out of mauls and amazingly wasn’t knocked on by anyone. Oatley came away with the ball but were then driven back over their try line where Liam was tackled in goal and forced the ball.
From the Burra 5m scrum they went to the narrow side of the field and the Oatley defence was good enough to force the Burra players into touch still 5m out from the Oatley try line however the ball touched an Oatley player before it went out so it was a Burra line out.
Burra passed the ball along their backs where it was ripped away by James who took off across field and was just in touch as he offloaded.
Burra threw in again and passed the ball along their backs where it was ripped away by Harry who off loaded to Isaiah who was standing 1m behind his own try line. He took off at high speed and ran the length of the field to score.
25min Try: Oatley (Isaiah)
Burra received the kick and ran it back where the ball was stolen in the tackle by Liana who ran in three different directions before offloading to Harry who offloaded to Xavier who was pushed into touch.
From the line out Burra worked the ball upfield until they were 15m from Oatley’s try line when Harry stole the ball after the tackle. He offloaded to Rauna who passed it to Jack who lit the afterburners and shot off up the touch line. He was caught 7m from Burra’s try line and pushed out into touch.
Burra worked the ball up the middle of the field again and after 3 phases James snuck in after the tackle and stole the ball, passed it to Liana who offloaded it to Rauna where it was intercepted by Burra, who earned a penalty from an Oatley player entering the ruck incorrectly.
Burra tapped and ran into a solid Oatley defence where the ball rolled away from a tackled player and Harry scooped it up and flicked back to Liana who hurled it out to the Oatley backs who charged upfield into the Burra defence but gave away a penalty for holding on in the tackle.
Again Burra tapped quickly and outflanked the Oatley defence to score in the corner.
30min Try: Burra
From the kick off Isaiah collected the ball and sprinted past the Burra players to score.
32min Try: Oatley (Isaiah)
Burra ran the ball up the middle of the park through a couple of phases before Harry managed to get his hands on the ball. Unfortunately a maul immediately developed around him and he couldn’t free the ball resulting in the ref blowing a scrum to Burra.
Burra ran the ball to the narrow side of the field and were pushed into touch 10m from Oatley’s try line.
Oatley again were put under pressure from the line out where they lost the ball midfield 5m from their try line but managed to win it back immediately in a desperate wrestle for the ball involving multiple players. Harry came away with it and shot sideways away from the maul but was pushed into touch 10m form the Oatley try line.
From the line out Burra smashed the ball up the middle for 2 phases and then through to score.
35min Try: Burra
From the kick off Liam took the ball for Oatley where he was tackled midfield. Harry won the ruck and offloaded in the tackle to Rauna, who in turn off loaded in the tackle back to Harry who darted around the Burra defence to run away and score.
37min Try: Oatley (Harry)
Receiving the ball Burra ran it up the side until they were bundled into touch 15m from the Oatley try line.
Oatley did slightly better from this line out and made it across the other side of the field but were still under pressure and were forced into touch 20m from their try line.
Burra threw in and ran across field where they were pushed out 10m from the Oatley try line.
Oatley threw in and Liam received the ball and several Burra forwards 5m from the Oatley line. He was driven backwards and got down to the ground where Liana grabbed the ball but was driven over the try line where a Burra player stripped the ball and dived to the ground to score.
40min Try: Burra
Burraneer 8 tries to Oatley 5
This was a tough game for Oatley and the players did well to keep defending hard, right to the end against a good Burraneer forward pack who played to the conditions well. Oatley did their best work today when offloading the ball before the tackle which took the Burraneer forwards out of the game.
Player of the week was Charlotte.
Best tackler was Harry.
Having watched the video of the game it’s now apparent why the Burra backs were able to put so much pressure on the ball from Oatley line outs.
1. They weren’t 5m back from the line out, ever. (I should have noticed this and pointed it out to the ref.)
2. They stacked their two best tacklers to run at our 1st5/8. (We need to vary where the ball goes.)
Anyway. It’s a learning experience and I’m looking forward to next week.
Oatley U8’s Coach