Hillier hat-trick helps juniors to top spot

Jack Hillier was nearly unstoppable, with the big front rower scoring three tries in Tumut’s 36-4 victory over the Young Cherrypickers in their Weissel Cup match at Alfred Oval on Sunday.

Tumut’s Weissel cup side kept their unbeaten start to the season intact and reaffirmed their status as competition favourites on Sunday when knocking off the Young Cherrypickers 36-4 at Alfred Oval.

The Blues were dominant in all facets of the game, but their most impressive aspect was their big forward pack, which paved the way for a resounding six tries to one victory, taking the team to top spot in the Group 9 competition.

Jack Hillier crossed for an early double and Brodie Mirtschin chimed in to score a good effort just before half time, as the visitor ran out 18-nil leaders at the break. 

In the second half, Hiller would score his third and Mal Aitken would cross the white line as Tumut belted a Young side that just couldn’t handle a bigger and stronger Tumut team. 

The Blues now have two weeks off, with a general bye next weekend followed by a competition bye before travelling to Wagga to play Southcity on May 23.

It was much tougher reading for the Blues in the Sullivan Cup and Burmeister Shield matches, with both sides well held by the Cherrypickers. 

The under 16s went down 20-4, but it was a first half 14-nil deficit that cost them the game.

The young Blues side fought back in the second half, with Tana Scott scoring a try and the visitors keeping Young to 6-4 in second 30 minutes, but the damage had already been done. 

A 14-man reserve grade side was trounced 52-4, with a lack of numbers and key personnel cruelling the side’s chances against arguably the best side in the Burmeister Shield competition.

The under 16s and reserve grade teams will also miss the next two weeks before an away trip to Wagga to take on Southcity on May 23.