It was a big weekend for the Tumut Bullants, who were involved in the Tumut Bulls Indigenous round on Saturday before travelling to Albury on Sunday for round four of the Southern Inland Rugby Union junior competition.
Tries were the order of the day and there were far too many to count for the DME team.
With only seven players and one of them with an injury and on the bench, they were all up against it, but with talent like Ethan West and his cousin Cooper the opposition had no chance.
Tumut played two back-to-back games in a vain attempt to knock up the Bullants’ fearless team but it took more than that to stop them.
The Hay Cutters were the first sitting ducks on the day.
It finished in a draw and heaps of tries were scored, with everyone having lots of fun.
The second game was against the dreaded Wagga team. They fielded twice the number of players but Tumut were not worried.
Although the game was a draw, again Tumut were arguably the superior team.
Everyone played well and the coaching staff offered thanks to all the parents who made the trip to Albury, it was much appreciated.
Under 8s Black
The JDZ Prints Black side played an exhibition game for the Old Boys/Indigenous round on Saturday.
Even though it was cold, the kids played well.
Tackle machines Bonnie, Henry and Kruz played well and made some incredibly good tackles.
New Season players Flynn and Charlie are improving every week, by the season end they will be very valuable team members.
Sidonie and Zoe are starting to show on the field what their brothers have known for a couple of years.
Once Billy Dale and Lachlan warmed up, they showed some smart running rugby.
Although they lost both games it was against two well drilled teams that melded well together.
Under 8s Red
Coolac Store Red’s keep on showing their brilliant performance every week it’s really good to see how their confidence has built every game.
A few of their big boys been leading by example to the little younger ones by the likes of Jessy, Henry, Locky, Izzy, Jack, Joshy and Woody, and it’s good to see the younger ones has been filling in really well like Chriso, Imo, Ethan and Darcey.
Tumut have been working on their brick wall defence and it’s been working for the side, and in attack, everyone is keen to have a run with the ball.
The coaching staff hope to keep on building and winning games and they and they thanked their awesome parents and grandparents for supporting the side every week.
Under 10s Touch
The Tumut Valley Logging Under 10 touch team travelled to Albury this week.
The weather was cold and miserable but the footy was hot.
Tumut defeated Albury 25-10 in the first game and then backed up to play Albury again in a 15-all draw in the second game.
Aubree Mellen and Zoe Morgan had their best games so far, both running with confidence and determination.
Culley Reynolds ran straight as always, while Laura Reynolds showed her pace again when given a bit of space.
Nima Baleitavuki and Alice MacDougall were again both great in attack and defence and they both hit the scoreboard regularly.
The team is building nicely and growing in confidence.
The coaches, parents and players all look forward to a nice break over the long weekend before getting back into it for the second half of the season
The Bush Chemist under 12s team faced Wagga Crows in their first match at Albury on Sunday and met a fast and determined team.
To the Bullants credit, they stuck to their game plan and matched the Crows across the field.
It was only late in the second half when a 10-minute rest for one of the Bullants gave the Crows a significant advantage, which they seized and scored two tries before winning 17-7.
In the next match the Bullants faced an understrength Hay Cutters and despite taking quite some time to find their rhythm, Tumut took charge of the match late in the first half and went on to win comfortably.
The under 12s showed that if they stick to their game plan and remain disciplined, they can match any team in the competition.
Under 13s Touch
The Tumut Valley Logging Touch 13s had a great day, recording their best performances of the year.
The team was ready to go from the first whistle, despite the freezing conditions, showing their improved skills.
They stuck to the game plan and completely dominated a well-drilled Albury team, winning 35-10.
All the girls played well and showed great enthusiasm.
In their second game against Albury, it was another good performance showing good defence and enthusiasm and the team were again able to keep Albury try-less, winning 15-0.
Albury improved their performance in the second game, but weas no match for the girl’s fitness and speed.
The team has improved a long way the last couple of games with Katie Markopoulos, Taylani Kapoor and Gypsy McDonnell all having great games and they look forward to the next gala day.
The coaching staff thanked the parents for travelling to Albury and supporting the girls from the sidelines, keeping up the enthusiasm in tough conditions.