After a close loss in week 1, Oatley 1 st Grade took the field with a sense of purpose. From the kick off the boys seemed determined to play their brand of football. A few hard runs up the middle and...
After the 2-week break, 3rd grade was ready to return to the field. Boosted by return from injury and work-related events, we turned up with almost our full team for the first time this year. It was good to see the sidelines full of Oatley jerseys. The game started with a try to Canterbury through strong running. Oatley hit back with a try to George Bainivalu. After a play where many Oatley and Canterbury members stopped playing for a knock on the ref called play on and Canterbury picked up the ball and scored. This started a fire in the Oatley boys and they kicked into a new gear. Off a kick return, Jonny linked up with Mike and Mohi Bartlett to score an amazing 75m try. Tagaloa Dan crashed over the line to score for himself after some good back line plays. Then he decided to try his hand at a box kick. Somehow it was recovered by Oatley and Hendry scored what he is calling at 60m runaway try. It was good to see the boys return to the form that we knew they can produce.
Final score 31-12.
Check out the photos from the game on the Canterbury facebook page.
3- Moses Bartlett
2- Andrew Norris
1- Mike Bureta
3rd grade against Harlequins
It was a beautiful day for Rugby on Saturday, Sydney Harlequins had the fields set up and ready when we arrived. The game again started out horrible for Oatley. With a dropped pass being picked up and returned for a try within the first 2 minutes. In the space of the first 5 minutes Oatley dropped the ball numerous times and just were not in the game completely. After regaining our composure, the 3rd grade team did what they do best. That is good running rugby that is fair and entertaining to watch. Greg Smith continued his good form of late with 2 tries in the game. Andrew Thode finally offloaded a pass to Matt Hamilton for him to get his first try of the season after backing up so often. The return of Reece, TK and Moses was good for the backline as there was sharp strong attack from the back line. The day was won through the forward pack with a strong turnout and crisp set piece against a strong young team. Special mention goes to Misi for putting so many people through holes all day.
Oatley 31 – Sydney Harlequins 5
2 Matt Hamilton
1 Samuela Ralumu
Colts Match report:
The boys were in high spirits for their final game of the season. The talk was great from Matt, Sam and Dibbo yelling like a man possessed by the devil's dandruff. A few silly mistakes and a lot of questionable calls from the ref saw Chatswood sneak in a few tries. The boys hit back with some great work from the forwards to get over for a try, going into the half down 12-5.
The boys came out positive with the notion that it was their last half for the season, again a few silly errors saw Chatswood cross over the line.
Coming into the end of the game, we had a penalty 10 meters out and Dibbo decided to take an old-school hit up and busted through the defence like the Titanic through a bunch of wealthy Icebergs.
But the story to end the game is a tale that will stand the test of time. Bryce was set to take the conversion he looked at me and said "I don't need a tee". He was 30 meters out and on the sideline to the left of the posts, the rain was drizzling down like emotional teardrops of a baby angel. Bryce even then so struck the ball so sweetly that he took the shape of a unicorn and the ball sailed through right over the black dot and it felt like we had won more than the game.
But unfortunately, we lost.....
Chatswood 27 - Oatley 12
3 points - Bryce
2 points - Dibbo
1 point Mitch
All the colts boys would be appreciated in grade in a few weeks time.
Thanks for a great season coach Austen. The shoey was a great finish for the season
Colts match report
The boys started off very strong in the first 10 minutes, having Mosman in panic. Playing a man down fatigue started to set in with a few silly errors starting to occur. We went into half 10-0 down. We came out firing in the second half but the errors just kept creeping in
Oatley ended up losing 24-0.
3 points to Matt Zappia
2 points to Bryce Chalker
1 point to Kurt Chalker
P.S. The coach sent this pic in as he wanted to show who he was up against.
Colts Match report
We struggled for numbers, but Lane Cove matched our numbers, the boys were switched on right from the warm up! We scored in the first 2 minutes through Kurt "The better one" Chalker. The tries then started to pour in, finishing the half 40 points up. At half time the talk was positive for the team to put lane cove to the sword. Lane Cove then scored two tries to start the second half, the boys then regathered their focus and starting scoring tries by the minute with absolute flair. Shout out to Dibbo for scoring a hatrick.
Oatley 72 - Lane Cove 10
3 points to Tom Dibbo
2 points to Matt Zappia & Sam Hackett
1 point to Aaron
3rd-grade match report
It was a long drive out to Blacktown on the weekend for the 3rd grade match. The game started off with a disaster as Peter Smith hurt his knee, we wish a speedy recovery for you Peter. With that happening it meant that Oatley didn’t have any of our starting Wingers or Centres, This caused some disharmony in the backline and Blacktown capitalised and focused their attack out wide before we changed our defensive structure. The Oatley boys through a quick tap returned to their style of Rugby. With good offloads, crisp passing and strong running with the ball Hendry Lees, who started the passage of play finished it with a strong try. Then captain Samuela Ralumu crossed as well with this one converted by Jason Myers. After the half Oatley somehow lost a ball on our try line after a turn over and let in a try. With a lot of back and forth the game was close. Blacktown decided to attack from their own 22 and using an overlap and breaking backs tackles scored their final try. Off the kick-off Oatley regathered the ball and after a penalty, George Bainivalu crossed the line as the final whistle blew. The coach was most proud of all players on the field especially in tough conditions.
Oatley 19 - Blacktown 26
2 Points to Gary, Gody, Hendry, Sam, Geroge, Craig (Sticks), Jason Hayward and Steve “Beast mode” Mc Lean and Matt Hammo
Second Grade match report against Briars.
Second grade Oatley started well with free flowing passes and devastating runs from both backs and forwards. This lead to a penalty try in the corner to Tom Dibbo. This stopped all ill discipline from both sides and encouraged them to play the beautiful game of Rugby. Oatley went back to its structures, this included precision runs, Strong team tackles, crisp offloads, effective securing of the ruck and showed the development of synergy that the second grade team has been building all year. With this added pressure Steven Kim crossed the line two times to add to his already impressive try tally. With Alex k taking a penalty just before half time, Oatley had a healthy lead. After half time the boys picked up and pushed further, Through this Jason Haywood crossed the line for his first try in 2nd grade this year. Overall a great effort by the boys.
Oatley 29 Briars 12
3 Tai Masters
2 David Streamer
1 Steven Kim
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These are the photos taken from ladies day.
It was Oatley Rugby Vs Briars Rugby Union
3rd grade match report.
It was an overcast ladies day down at Evatt Park. We were the lucky first team to play on the day and on the field. So this was a big momentous occasion for Oatley Rugby. After the first kick off the game was starting at a rapid pace, especially with Briars having a young backline. After an attacking scrum on the 15m line Andrew Thode carried his winger over the try line to score the first try. The next try came from an amazing turn over from our captain Samuela Ralumu, the ball went through the backline and a crisp pass from Peter Sharp put again Andrew Thode through a hole. This time he didn’t have the skill to pass to the support runners especially Matt Hamilton, Luckily he broke the fullbacks tackle and crossed for his second of the day. With continuous pressure and repeated phase compilation, Oatley won a scrum against the head and Misi stepped and palmed to cross the line for his first try.
Going into halftime Oatley was easily winning. After halftime Oatley continued on with their intensity from the first half with Misi crossing for his second try. The boys then rearranged out team a bit to change our backline with the inclusion of Jonny. Next was Greg Smith taking a great line and cutting through the defence. Alex McFarlane got his first run back in the game with a great 8-11 play and hit the game line with his deceptive speed. The final try of the game was scored by Andrew Thode. As he said. “I got lucky” and he just kept running. Briars held Oatley out for the last 10 minutes without letting us score again
Special mentions for Uziel for getting about 40 minutes of game time.
Shannon Lawson for changing his position just as we ran on.
Andrew Norris playing through an injury and out of position.
George Bainivalu and Nathan for being great supporters
3 Andrew Thode
2 Misi Sitagata
1 Greg Smith