The Adelong Green and Gold had a dream start to the Tumut Pub Nines at Twickenham Oval on Friday night, belting the Bowlie Bears 22-4 in the opening game of the competition.
In front of a vocal Adelong supporter base, Mark Ford-Stokes scored the first try for the Green and Gold a minute into the match.
Youngster Jordy Maher then followed this up with a terrific try on the right edge, showcasing the talented youth coming through in Adelong.
Bowlie did hit back with a try of their own but more meat pies to Tate O’Donovan and Trent Skeers kept the Bears at bay and helped Adelong to an easy first round win.
Tyron Gorman was classy in the middle but it was a dominant forward pack, led by the imposing Trent Skeers that really bashed the Bears into submission on their way to victory.
Adelong standout Tate O’Donovan was struggling for words after the emotional win.
“It was a great feeling for the team, it’s hard to put into words,” O’Donovan said.
“We were big on commitment to each other and that’s what we did, commit and it paid off.”
Unfortunately, it wasn’t all rainbows and lollipops for the Green and Gold in their second match, after a tough loss to the Royal Hotel.
O’Donovan had the Green and Gold in front early but consecutive tries to Kaidan Bell and Chris Bell had the Devils on the front foot.
To make matters worse, Trent Skeers was sent to the bin, and Royal took advantage of the overlap to take a 17-4 lead.
O’Donovan did score a second try but it was too late and Royal would eventually run out 17-8 winners.
“It was just our discipline, that’s the only way to put it,” O’Donovan said.
“That is something we will work on at training this week and hopefully we will be better next week and win both of our games.”