On a cold windy day we had all hands on deck for our first home game of the year. The team to take on Young in the first game was Alex, Rhys, Penny, Polly, Angus, Jake and Henry. The cold weather slowed our reaction time and Young opened the scoring with the first try.
This kicked us into gear with some good runs by Penny and Alex lead to Henry scoring his first try for the year. From then on the game see sawed from on end to the other. Grenfell’s defence was holding strong with Rhys and Polly working hard in the front line and the Troth boys (Jake and Angus) cleaning up any misses with good cover defence. The good defence lead into some entertaining attack with Alex, Polly and Angus all crossing for a five pointer. By the end of the game all players deserved a well earned break and feed before we had to take on old rivals West Wyalong.
After a steak sandwich and cool drink it was time to take on the Pirates from west of the highway. This game proved that it is not only the senior grades that want to get the upper hand in this local derby with the young Panthers playing some fast expansive rugby. Polly and Penny are really getting the hang of the game and with some good runs they had the boys running in circles trying to catch them. Wyalong had a few more players then us so Jake and Henry thought that going straight and hard was the only way to go, this created some space for Rhys, Alex and Angus to cause Wyalong some headaches and score some good team tries. With the time the full time whistle just about to sound, both sides out on their feet and with the score board reading four to three Wyalong’s way Jake surprised them with a darting run down the blind side to level the scores up. Full time was called and all the players got a well deserved lolly. The team is really playing well together and are improving with every training run. Thanks must go to all the committee and parents who helped with getting the day and grounds ready for what was a great day of rugby.
The mighty McClintock under 9’s
On the 17th June the mighty McClintock under 9’s took to the new oval at the recently enhanced R.B Bembrick complex. It was a perfect day for rugby and the boy were looking forward to playing on their new home oval.
Harry was the captain for the 1st game of the day and it was against a highly spirited team from Temora. The boys to play on the day were Harrison Starr, Oscar Schaefer, Jackson Chapman, Tom Ray, George Mitten, Gus Kelly, William Harris, Harrison Nolan, Mac Bicknell and Joe Lander.
The boys as always played some fantastic running rugby with the bigger boys Tom, Harrison Starr and George setting the platform and the smaller boys supporting them very well. Both William and Harrison Nolan need to be commended on their cleaning out at the breakdown. The boys learnt a lot about the value of defence in this game with Gus and Mac showing everyone how to tackle and the rest of the team learning what happens if you don’t tackle. The score was 20 to 60 in Temora’s favour. The McClintocks big red tractor award for the game goes to Mac Bucknell for outstanding defence.
The 2nd game was against West Wyalong and George led the boys out onto the oval.
The was a bit of controversy prior to this game as I had to interrupt a very intense game of something that involved most of under 9’s climbing a willow tree in the far corner of the oval. After a tense stand of I was able to convince the boys that the tree would still be there after the game of football.
So with flared nostrils and a touch of defiance the boys took to the oval. The boys gave a much better defensive effort with all the boys following Gus and Mac’s lead.
The running game was strong as was the cleaning out and it was very pleasing to see the boys playing as a team, talking and supporting each other. Wyalong were short a player so the boys took turns to give then a hand which showed great sportsmanship. In the end it was 35 points to 25 Grenfell’s way. The McClintocks big red tractor award goes to Gus, not only was his defence outstanding but also his cleaning out.
Lachlan Fertilizers Under 11’s
The Lachlan Fertilizers under 11’s were first up on Sunday morning.
They played a spirited Temora Tuskers side on the new field, which was in great order thanks to Frank and a band of helpers.
The Panthers welcomed back Matt Gault who showed that he had lost none of his pace with some great runs. Tim Brown and Thomas Penfolds’ defence was a feature with some great tackles. Stirling, Hamish and Fletcher had the ball singing in the backline and Jai, Nathan and Will doing the hard work up the middle.
Jesse and Tom Robbo had a great first half with powerful straight running from Jesse. Tom Robbo displayed good defence.
The boys were right in the game but failure to move up in defence and missing one on one tackles gave the pace men from Temora to much room to move.
The second game against a fast West Wyalong was similar, with the boys dominating the ruck and maul. The Panthers were doing everything right, but when there was a turn over, lack of straight line defence and low tackling meant the zip zip men from Wyalong would score run away tries. To the boys credit they never gave up and showed great sportsmanship all day.
The boys playing to the end was rewarded with a great try under the posts to Fletcher. The boys that played for Wyalong when they were short showed the true rugby spirit, thanks to Jack, Hamish, Thomas and Tim.
The McClintock U/9’s Griffith match
With all weather reports predicting a cold and wet day we all arrived in Griffith to find a nice pleasant sunny day great for rugby.
Our first game was against Griffith and with only six players available this week we had to borrow some players from Griffith. Harrison Starr captained the team with the other team members being Harrison Nowlan, George Mitton, Gus Kelly, Tom Ray and William Harris.
The first half started at a quick pace with Griffith scoring two quick tries, the Grenfell team a bit unorganised playing with the borrowed players.
But then they started to play as a team and tries came to Tom Ray and Harrison Starr. Second half tries to George Mitton, Tom Ray and one of the borrowed players and some great tackling by Gus, William and Harrison Nowlan saw the half being an even game.
But the Griffith first half lead was too big to overcome, with the final score being Grenfell 25 Griffith 55 .The McClintock’s Big Red Tractor award for this game went to Harrison Starr.
Game two was against West Wyalong who only had six players as well. Each team borrowed one player.
Gus Kelly was captain for this game and leading by example, had an outstanding game in defence, tackling anything that moved. William Harris was getting involved, tackling and running the ball well. Harrison Starr was making many weaving runs and scored three tries.
George Mitton ran wide and down the side line to score his two tries along with Tom Ray who ran straight and hard for his two tries. Harrison Nowlan combined well with our borrowed player who scored two tries for our team.
Both teams were going try for try, but a big effort by Grenfell broke the dead lock giving us the win 45-40. The McClintock’s Big Red Tractor went to William Harris for this game. Hope to see you all at Grenfell on Sunday 17th for our home game.
This Sunday the Junior Panthers travel to Wagga for the inaugural mega Gala Day involving all clubs in the competition.
All games are played at the Connolly Rugby Complex.