Friday night lights for young Blues

Sophie Gilchrist in action in the League Tag match.

Under 6s

Tumut Toyota Under 6s were full of excitement on Saturday playing some very entertaining footy against Tumut’s age old rivals Gundagai Tigers.

Lleyton Fell demonstrated some great speed and agility on the weekend scoring tries in both games played. Theo Seumanutafa is also showing himself to be an eager little player popping up everywhere to run the ball, score tries and get tags.

Sonny Paton, and Caleb Salmon are finding their place on the field, and working well with their team mates. 

The players have shown increased confidence and an eagerness to chase down the other team to get tags and run the ball. There is always lots of laughs on and off the field for the under 6s crew and the boys had a wonderful home crowd of family and friends there to cheer them on.

Darcy Pearce and Lincoln Lenser loved showing their home crowd their ability to evade the opposition and score tries. 

The boys loved running out with the older grades later in the day; there were lots of excited little people and some beautiful little smiles as they ran out onto Twickenham on Saturday afternoon. 

UNDER 7s

G & J Groves under 7s played a hard first game against Gundagai Tigers. Both teams played well matching try for throughout most of the game. 

Lachie Read was on fire scoring tries and tagging well. Oscar Onus and Rylan Bradshaw also scored for the Blues on multiple occasions across the two games both defending the line well stopping the Tigers from crossing. 

Junior Emosi and Connor Adams both had solid runs, gaining ground and defending like champions. Archie Bradshaw passed the ball well, setting up tries for his mates, crossing the line numerous times over both games. 

Angus McDonnell played well, joining us for the second game scoring four tries. Big thanks to Lleyton Fell who filled in for under 7s when his teammates needed a rest. 

Under 8s White

DME Australia U8 WhiteTumut started the game off strong with some great defence holding Gundagai out for several sets before Gundagai crossed the line. Leading the way for Tumut was Drae Grady, Cooper Bauer and Kobe Jelly.

Tumut fought back and had some hard strong runs coming from Archie Mellen, Jarred Bowden, Harry Harvey and Jack Purcell.

Jude Richard’s as always was everywhere on the field and ran the full length of the field to narrowly just fall short of the try line.

In a hard fought match unfortunately Gundagai were just too strong for Tumut.

Under 8s Blue

DME Under 8 Blue, welcomed Gundagai-Adelong to Twickenham on Saturday for round 5 of the season. Playing in ideal conditions the two teams squared off in what promised to be an exciting contest.

A decisive return from the kick off saw the Tigers open the scoring as the home team played the price for an early lapse in defence.

Despite this setback, the young Blues did not drop their heads, rather they got straight back into their work running the ball hard and stiffening their defence.

Beginning the game as first receiver Caleb Thomas marshalled his team throughout the opening quarter, running the team’s attack with aplomb and playing a major role with his defensive resolve.

Archie Watkins also impressed early with his dashing attacking raids unlucky not to be rewarded with points for his team.

The second quarter remained a tight contest as both teams struggled to make ground on their opponents.

Lincoln Roberts continued his fine start to the year, once again proving to be hard to contain for the Gundagai defenders.

Hank Manton got the home team on the board with a nice try before half time to level up the scores.

Strong carries from Bryce Day and Harry Harvey got Tumut into position to break the deadlock in the third quarter. It was a great effort from both boys as Day played out one of his best games this season and Harvey backed up for the Blues after his early game. 

Unfortunately, Tumut were unable to capitalise on field position and it was Gundagai-Adelong scoring late in the quarter to hold the advantage heading into the 4th.

With fatigue setting in, the young Blues fought right up to the end. Cord Day continued to build his impressive debut season, getting up in the faces of the Tigers whilst also proving to be a handful with ball in hand.

Emmett Brown also enjoyed a return to some of his better form, working hard in defence and being rewarded with a try of his own after several strong carries.

The Tigers were able to cross for another couple of tries late in the game to just pip their Tumut rivals on another great day of junior footy.

Under 8 League Tag

The girls of K&T Jameson Under 8 League Tag White played a spectacular game against Gundagai Tigers on Saturday.

All the girls showed amazing sportsmanship on the field as they shared the ball around finding holes in imposing Gundagai which added up to some impressive runs from our upcoming stars on the team, Lacey Jamieson, Willow Manton, Ashlynn Thatcher, Georgia Brown, Sadie Harvey, Indie Harris, Haelo Grady and Indianna Bowden.

Nellie O’Connell, Dusty Rose Fitzgerald, Georgia Luff and Adalyn Pearce played an important role in our defence keeping Gundagai’s score at bay.

The improvement in these girls has come in leaps and bounds and it was clear on the field during round 5’s match that they were determined to support each other and show just what they were capable of.

Special mentions to our try scorer for the day Nellie O’Connell and to Georgie Luff, Adalyn Pearce and Lola Young for their amazing team work, persistence and determination during the game.

Under 9s

It was an evenly matched affair for the Goodes Coaches Under 9 White v Tigers game, with the scores locked at 32-all when the final bell sounded.

Attack was on the boys’ minds this week with tries spread across the team. One try a piece went to Ryan Dwyer, Reign Mooney and Oscar Lucas. 

Ethan West had three long range tries recorded next to his name, whilst Patrick Stevens was unlucky on two occasions not to come up with the meat pies.

Leo Bond had a stand out performance, playing with confidence when he donned the first receiver’s jersey and kicking a goal for a try conversion.

Defence was very good, with plenty of on field talk between the boys, encouraging each other to get off their line and shut down the Tigers’ attack.

Keep up the good work boys!

Under 10s

The Tumut Blues Pie in the Sky U10s played the Gundagai/Adelong Tigers on Saturday. 

In good conditions and in front of a large crowd for the local derby the Blues Showed up with intent for the day’s play. 

With a focus for defence for the day the Blues did just that managed to hold the Tigers down their own end for the majority of the first half. This then led to some good tries by the Blues, the standout was Thomas Keenan scoring his first for the year with a very animated celebration. 

Blake Krause was exceptional moving in between positions as well as the ever-consistent Carter Coppin with his textbook defence. 

Darcy Vickery once again showed effort in all his involvement which helped the team out. Darcy Roddy and Hayden Neville had good stints in the dummy half role which is normally unfamiliar to them. 

The Tigers held well against the Blues in the second half, but a couple of breakaway tries towards the end to Tumut stamped their efforts for the day. Tumut once again played well as a whole team which helped with the result for the day.

Under 10 League Tag Blue

In perfect weather conditions on Saturday, the Tumut Minor League Sportspower U/10 Blue league tag side delivered a commanding performance to defeat the Gundagai Tigers 6 tries to 2. 

With both teams receiving tremendous support from the enthusiastic crowd, the Blues girls showcased their resilience and skill, securing a convincing victory. Hallie Walsh dazzled with her fancy footwork, scoring two impressive tries that left the opposition struggling to keep up. 

Evie Thatcher was dominant in both attack and defense, her relentless energy leading to a crucial try-saving tag and a well-earned try of her own. Aida Lotter’s confidence grew as the game progressed, culminating in a spectacular try. 

Millie Keenan’s tireless efforts were rewarded with a try, while Olivia Bowles demonstrated dominance in attack, narrowly missing out on additional points.

Brielle Adams’ ability to spread the ball wide added flair to Tumut’s gameplay, while Sidonie Leake made her presence felt by making multiple decisive tags on the opponents. Lucy Paton made several strong runs, persistently threatening the opposition’s defence. 

Samara Roddy’s strong work ethic and supportive plays significantly contributed to the team’s success by adding another try to the tally. 

The girls have been diligently putting into practice the strategies and techniques they’ve learnt during their training sessions, and Saturday’s game was a clear reflection of their development. 

Under 10 League Tag White

The SportsPower under 10s League Tag White team had a great game against Gundagai. 

Tumut scored early with a precision pass from Evie O’Sullivan putting Charli Laney into space. 

Ava Manton crossed the line not long after using her speed and step to get through the defensive line. Losana Emosi once again dazzled the opposition scoring four tries, the standout being off an intercept on the halfway line.

Isobel Welsh and Gracie O’Connell led the defensive line up each set making try saving tags. Captain Holly Noble had her best game yet stepping the defensive line, making valuable metres.

Brylee Seumanutafa and Elise O’Brien were as reliable as ever in both defense and attack. Lilly Young and Georgia Hargreaves worked together exceptionally sharing runs and backing each other in defence.

Under 11s

This week the T & K Jamieson Under 11’s came up against a tough Gundagai-Adelong team. 

This game was a typical Tumut-Gundagai arm wrestle with the ball being moved from one end of the field to the other. The Tigers were the first to cross the line, before Jimmy O’Connell scored in the corner.

Jace Freeman found some form making numerous strong runs, resulting in a length of the field try.

Blake O’Donovan continued his strong defence supported by Lincoln Salmon, stopping the Tigers in their tracks. Angus Dunkerton and Billy Roche were imperative directing the team around the park ensuring boys stayed focused to come away with a close win.

Under 12s

Machell Bros Earthmoving U12s put on a great game against the neighbors Gundagai Tigers with the Blues running away with the win 32 to 12 in front of a big crowd. 

With the forwards laying the platform up the middle, this led to the backline being able to spread the ball. The Blues ran in six tries, converting three goals to Tigers two tries and converting both tries. The coaching team will be looking to build on consistency going forward and stepping up the intensity come training. 

Under 12 League Tag

Tumut Franklin Butchers U12LT White put in a tremendous effort this week, leaving spectators in awe of the skills level they were demonstrating.

Team White were quick off the mark, scoring in the first minutes of the game which set the pace for the remainder of the 40 minutes. 

Elayna Seumanutafa and Chelsea Jelly were unstoppable in defense this week leaving Gundagai unable to cross the line and get on the scoreboard.

The girls on team White are performing like they have been playing together for years, complimenting each other on the field and dominating the game.

Tries this week were scored by Arianna Seumanutafa, Molly McKenzie, Issy Fardell, Brianna McCormick, Taylah McCormick, Bella Adams, Lacey Thatcher and Aylah Clout scoring two tries.

Conversions were successful by Issy Fardell, Taylah McCormick, Makayla Lotter, Bella Adams and Lacey Thatcher.

Under 15s

Snowy Mountains Honey U15 took on the Gundagai Adelong Tigers under lights on Friday night at Twickenham. 

It was great to see a large crowd turn out and support both teams in the experience.

Gundagai started the game strong with the Tigers getting quick play the balls to get their team on the front foot and scored a couple of tries early in the game to shock the young Blues. 

Tumut struggled to get any momentum and went into half time training 22-0. After the break the Blues made some adjustments in attitude and slowed the Tigers momentum and made a tough half of footy with some improved defense and more determined attack. 

The Blues held the Tigers to one try in the half taking the final score to 26-0. Tumut’s coaches were proud of the efforts of the boys in the second half. 

For Tumut Beau Rossiter had another huge game at five-eighth leading the team around the park and putting his body on the line in defence, at times leading the line up and tackling like a forward. 

This earned Beau the praise of his teammates and the Players player for the night. Newcomer Tyrhys Walford at fullback was outstanding in his first game for the Blues and will be a valuable addition to the team for the remainder of the season. 

Tumut Blues thank the Tigers for coming and playing the night game to kick off a huge weekend of footy for the local Blues v Tigers Gala weekend. 

Tumut’s team consisted of: Tyrhys Walford, Jackson Kanowski, Jack Doon, Ryan Beavan, Will Driscoll, Beau Rossiter, Aidan Turnbull, Harley Adams, Cohen Keenan, Cooper Ambrose, Billy Cribb-Kelly, Lyron Brooks, Archie Webb, Will Jamieson, Joe Pearce, Darcy Lucas and Hunter Watts.

Under 16s Girls Tackle

4 Chicks U16 Girls Tackle team had a very successful day of footy, beating local rivals Gundagai.

The girls put in a very impressive effort, convincing the crowd that they have been playing as a tackle team for years. 

Few would believe this new formed team have only played a couple of games, with some players never having played before.

The girls ran hard and with real purpose, tackled hard and never backed down.

Coaches and trainers, along with the huge crowd these girls pulled are very excited for this season and can’t wait to see what else these girls have in store for us.

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