Local footballers brave a snowy Batlow

The snow wasn’t stopping anyone as Tumut Minor League visited Batlow Showground to take on Tumba/Batlow Minor League in round ten of the Group 9 junior rugby league competition on Saturday. 

It was a good day for TML on the scoreboard too, with many local sides getting wins over their rivals. 

Round 10 results

Under 11s: Tumut def Tumba/Batlow 46-6.

Under 12s LT: Tumut def Tumba/Batlow 30-12.

Under 13s: Tumut def Tumba/Batlow 46-10.

Under 14s Tumba/Batlow def Tumut 18-6.

Under 15s: Tumut def Brothers 16-10.

Under 16s LT: Tumut def Tumba/Batlow 26-0.

Under 6s White

With temperatures dropping to two degrees and conditions resembling a Christmas card, it was a game unlike any other played for the Tumut Toyota under 6s White when they came up against Tumba/Batlow White. 

With weather conditions deteriorating, only one quarter of the game was played. 

A huge shout out to Alfie Jeffree, Leo Bond, Izack Palframan-Burn, Drae Grady and Ryder Wheeer-Hazel who braved the snowy conditions.

Under 6s Blue

It was a picture-postcard winter wonderland that greeted the Tumut Toyota under 6s Blue side when they faced off against Tumba/Batlow Green at Batlow on Saturday.

Whilst the weather could have proved a deterrent for the young players, they bounced onto the field with a spring in their step ready to take on the opposition.

Making an early break for the Blues was Jake Jamieson, who scampered away from the defence and looked a certainty to score a try but for the snow playing havoc with the ground markings and leaving him slightly wide of the mark.

The soggy conditions did little to stop Jude Richards, who skated past the defence with ease and racked up two quick tries. 

Jude continued with his impressive defensive effort and made several good tackles.

Making an impact up front for the Blues was Patrick Stevens who continues to be quick off the defensive line. He also made a return to the try-scoring ranks with a dashing run up the sideline.

Oscar Lucas was again busy across the paddock, weaving through the defence and continually looking for any opportunity to make metres up the middle. 

Mixing it up in both attack and defence was Bodhi Murdoch, who put himself amongst all the action with great support play.

Ever reliable in the role of dummy-half, Bryce Day continues to provide great support for the team ensuring quick play the balls 

With snow falling and conditions deteriorating, the game was called to an early close 

Under 7s

The G&J Groves under 7s battled it out against Tumbarumba/Batlow Greens in tough wintery conditions.

With snow on the ground, key forwards Ryder Smith and Blaze Bergen gained valuable meters up the middle and were instrumental in setting up Lewie Harris for his first for the day. 

Combing well were Blake Krause, Darcy Roddy and Tom Keenan, who all had some good passages of play but were unable to get over the try line despite some impressive efforts.

The last half of the game saw conditions worsen, but Aiden Provan and Eddie Johnson gave it their all, with some strong defence to keep the opposition at bay.

Under 10s LT

The Snow Mountain Honey under 10s leaguetag girls played in the snow against Tumba/Batlow. 

Even though the field was white with snow, the under 10s were not deterred and played like absolute little champions, winning the game 12-4. 

The tagging defence of the team was outstanding, led by spirited performances from Ava Rossiter, Rhiannan Rossiter, Ruby Murdoch and Imogen Provan. 

Ruby Murdoch was getting off the line strong and made good metres and backed it up with strong tagging to stop Tumba/Batlow from scoring. 

Showing true ‘Blue’ spirit, Imogen Provan put her body on the line several times, being dragged through the snow whilst hold on tight to the tag. 

Ellie Cobden and Jaylee Byrne both scored great tries and converted them. 

The girl’s commitment on Saturday was something to be very proud of. 

Whilst they may not have been able to feel their little hands by the end of the game, the performance on the paddock would never have given it away.

Under 15s

The Ground Up Tumut under 15s travelled to Wagga to play the Wagga Brothers in the round 10 fixture after the rest of the club played in the Snowy conditions at Batlow. 

It wasn’t much warmer at Wagga with an icy breeze ensuring everyone was in their warmest gear and Tumut were able to come away with a well-earned 16-10 win.

Tumut started the match in control with some jarring defence and some great control in the wet conditions. 

Halfback Callum Rossiter was making all the right decisions with the ball with some great deep kicks and chases from his team mates constantly forcing Wagga Brothers to work from deep within their territory. 

Tumut were able to capitalise on some good field position for two first half tries. 

Under 14s player Trey Salmon finished off some good ball movement to score a try out wide and not long after Lachlan Breed ran a nice line to stroll over for a try. 

In the second half, Tumut didn’t have it all their way after leading 10-6 at half time. 

Tumut seemed to get away from the game plan that was successful in the first half. 

As the half progressed, Tumut lost three players to injury and played in the end for over 10 minutes with only 10 players. 

Breed succumbed to a leg injury whilst Brock Baker and Angus Williams, who were both playing great footy, also left the field injured. 

Tumut kept aiming up in defence and both Seth Post and Eric Pearce were constantly causing damage with the ball. 

Pearce eventually scored a nice long range try to make the final score 16-10 Tumut’s way.

It was a great show of character to be able to come away with the win against a second placed Brothers.

Ty Burgun and Fred Graham were outstanding in the wet with Burgun in particular showing he is getting back into the swing of things after a long stint out with injury. 

Zac Casey got through a mountain of work along with fellow second rower Rangi Keefe-Horo. 

Braith Hilly also enjoyed the wet with some nice dummy half runs.  

The coaching staff offered a huge thanks to the two under 14s players, Will Ingle and Trey Salmon, who showed plenty of commitment to travel to Wagga and help the team out after playing in the freezing conditions in Batlow.

The boys are now looking forward to their Friday Night game this week against the Cootamundra Bulldogs at Twickenham under the new lights.

Tries: Trey Salmon, Lachlan Breed, and Eric Pearce. Goals: Callum Rossiter (2).

Under 16s LT

Conditions on Saturday did little to dampen the spirit and skill of the OCD Bookkeeping under 16 Leaguetag team.

With the snow falling, Kasey McGrath put in a stellar performance to bag two tries.

Further adding to the score line with equally impressive tries were Mikayla Henman, Anna Roche and Ella Lindley, who scored a try each. 

Converting the tries for the team were Parni, kicking two goals and Mikayla Henman kicking one. 

Whilst the attack of the team was impressive, it was the defensive effort that resulted in a whitewash both on and off the field with Tumut winning 26-0.