Tumut’s youngest and brightest rugby league players travelled to Gundagai on Saturday to take on the Gundagai-Adelong Tigers at Anzac Park.
The Tumut Minor league (TML) under 11s and 13s flew the club’s flag in the competitive age groups when knocking off the Tigers convincingly, while the under 15s travelled to Temora and won a hard-fought contest on the road against the Dragons.
TML will now have a competition bye next weekend, before returning to action in round three on May 15 when hosting Tumbarumba.
11s: Tumut def Gundagai 44-18
12s LTL Gundagai def Tumut 18-14
12s: Gundagai def Tumut 22-6
13s: Tumut def Gundagai 32-20
14s LT: Gundagai def Tumut 16-10
14s: Gundagai def Tumut 28-12
15s: Tumut def Temora 28-26
16s LT: Gundagai def Tumut 30-4
Under 6s Blue
The Tumut Toyota under 6s Blue team came up against a strong Tigers outfit in a match that finished a 28-all draw.
Once again, there was no stopping Jude Richards, who proved to be far too quick and crafty for the Gundagai defence, finishing the game with a hat-trick of tries.
The ultimate team man, Oscar Lucas led from the front in both attack and defence, continually rallying the team and looking for opportunities to put pressure on the defensive line, his efforts rewarded by a great try.
Despite being one of the smallest on the paddock, Archie Watkins continues to be the workhorse of the team, putting his body on the line in both attack and defence.
Bodhi Murdoch showed a lot of speed and determination, taking on the defensive line and finishing with two tries in the hot conditions.
Both Lincoln Roberts and Jake Jamieson carried the ball strongly and with a few games now under their belts, their confidence is growing.
Patrick Stevens was denied a try with Gundagai showing great cover defence to bring him down just short of the line, but he was not to be denied late in the game, scoring in the corner to level the score.
The DME under 8s had a great day out in Gundagai with perfect conditions for their two games.
Jessie James showed a huge improvement with his confidence soaring in some fantastic runs, with lots of metres made.
Rhys Laney hit the Tigers with rock solid defence, showing great strength on the wing.
Henry Roche was the teams highest try scorer for the day, powering through in true Roche style, with six impressive tries.
Lincoln Salmon is really coming into his own, hitting them low, knocking over the opposition.
Lachy O’Brien hit the Tigers hard, saving many tries, also stepping up organising the team and giving lots of encouragement.
Blake O’Donovan wowed the crowd with some great runs and a grand conversion.
Jace Freeman powered up the length of the field, proving he was unstoppable to the Tigers, scoring four tries.
Jimmy O’Connell showed great skill in attack, scoring three tries for the Blue fellas and he made some great tackles.
Billy Roche did a great job scoring two tries and ensured the Blues took control at every opportunity.
Jackson Breed played a great game, stepping up as first receiver and always backing his team along the way.
All the boys showing great team work, for their first year on the field without their coach Brett Laney.
Under 8s LT Blue
The Service One under 8s leaguetag Blue team took to the field full of energy and enthusiasm on Saturday to play their first game as a team against the Gundagai-Adelong Tigers
With some impressive tagging and runs by the young team, it looks like they will be in for a great season.
With superstars Millie and Grace playing their first season of leaguetag, they scored their first tries and were on fire all game with their great tagging and quick runs.
Little pocket rocket, Charlie has returned for a second season bigger and better scoring two tries and getting some great quick tags showing the new leaguetag girls how it’s done.
Maddie was quick with her runs and great with her tagging.
Sadie had an outstanding game being her first season with some great tagging and quick runs, scoring her first try.
Ali was another superstar on the field with her scoring tries her quick breaks with the ball and her quick hands with tags.
Evie T had some great tagging and quick runs, scoring a try.
Evie O was great on the field. With her quick runs and excellent ball skills the opposition didn’t have a chance .
Imogen has really come along way with her tagging and her ball skills, scoring herself a try.
Under 9s Blue
The Goodes Coaches under s Blue played with great determination and sportsmanship against the Tigers.
Both teams were physical in defence, which had the crowd on their toes.
The Blue boys showed some great skill with the ball, which led to some classy tries being scored.
The barnstorming Reece Gilchrist went down in the warm up, but managed to shake the minor injury off and made it on in the fourth quarter.
Dan Jones, Deazel King and Jonathon Lumber ran the ball strongly into the Tigers defensive line.
Great ball work and wide running by Jett Richards, Harry Smith and Max Webb and weaving their way up the middle was Cooper Mac and Jett Anderson.
Kamikaze-like defence was on show, with Oscar Welsh, Coen Whatman and Cooper Watkins making it hard for the Tigers to cross the line.
The Blue boys showed great improvement in tackling and passing, which is a reflection on what has been happening at training.
The Pie in the Sky under 10s faced the Tigers on Saturday and they all played extremely well.
Tumut’s defence was too strong in the first half as they kept the Gundagai Adelong Tigers from scoring.
Ed Smith scored the first try for the game and half, and Matthew Steven converted to make the half time score 6-nil.
In the second half, Mason Adams and Ed Smith put more points on the board. Noah Piper was unsuccessful at his attempt to covert one of the boys tries.
Gundagai were too strong in the second half, taking the game with a win 22-18.
Corbyn McKenzie, Brad Beavan, Joey Parry, Zac Schubert and Ashton Back showed their tackling skills throughout the game. While Kobi Noble, Lliam Fell, Harvey Graham, Beau Adams and Quinn Caffery gained ground with their strong runs with the ball.
Charli Smith, Joseph Graham, Riley Vivian, Quade Caffery and Jacob Sutton gave great support during the game and there was great sportsmanship and fair play displayed by the under 10s, who represented the town well.
The Ground Up under 15s travelled to Temora for their round two clash with the Dragons, while the rest of TML were in Gundagai.
The team has been struggling with numbers, with season ending injuries to Bryce Collins and Jacob Young – Collins injured his shoulder in the first-round clash with Kangaroos, whilst Young was also injured during that game but was cleared to play only to have an unfortunate accident outside of footy ending his season.
The coaching staff along with all the boys wish both boys the best of recoveries.
Seth Post was also out this week with an injured arm, while a couple of others were either out sick or away on holidays.
Given everything that has happened, the boys still travelled to Temora with only nine players, after deciding to stick together and travel as a team whenever the opportunity was there.
The Temora Dragons Coach and team must be congratulated on some fine sportsmanship after hearing the Blues had bare numbers, deciding to reduce their numbers on the field to match.
Temora started well with an early try and goal before Tumut showed some great determination to lay on a couple of tries in response.
The game went from end to end with both teams using the open space to attack.
In what turned out to be a great game Tumut eventually ended up victors with a 28-26 win.
Tumut’s Coach and parents were very proud of the character the boys displayed by sticking it out in a tough match.
Fred Graham was voted by his team mates as Player’s Player after some strong defence and plenty of carries with the ball.
All players deserve a mention and the team was Lachlan Breed, Tyler Sperling, Eric Pearce, Rangi Keefe-Horo, Angus Williams, Callum Rossiter, Fred Graham, Braith Hilly, and Brock Baker. Special mention to Ty Burgun who made the trip to support the team while waiting to return from injury.
Point Scorers were Angus Williams with two tries, whilst Eric Pearce, Lachlan Breed and Fred Graham each scored. Callum Rossiter converted four goals.