Well it’s nice to be back on home soil. Granted, the Wallabies couldn’t stick the knife into the All Blacks as much as I’d hoped, but fingers crossed we can break the hoodoo at Eden Park this weekend – right Rich?
A short but very important Beecroft Brag this week – just the reports, and details regarding our End of Season trip. Deposits are due this Friday, so don’t muck about!!
Crofty Critique: Mosman (Away)
1st Grade – Beecroft: 3 v Mosman: 45
Unfortunately the day didn’t start out well; we took the field with 14 men, which meant we had to go uncontested scrums. The boys’ 1st half was a cracker; the grit and determination was fantastic. We were matching Mosman across the board, and as normal, when challenged, they resorted to the whinging, niggling and cheap shots. Daffy was into everything and the only way they stop him was by punching him; when he retaliated they both got sent to the bin which was totally unfair, especially when their player was a guy who’s as fat as he is tall. Down to 13 men they managed to score a late try to make it 14 – 3 at half time.
With Daff in the bin and Salesi being given a 10 minute spell for a shoulder charge (I think the forwards is defiantly his new position) we played a lot of the second half with 13 men and unfortunately the gaps appeared and they scored a few well worked tries. At no stage did the guys drop their head and give up. I was really proud with the way everybody dug deep and fought as hard as they could.
Thanks to the guys that backed up; Bish, Jimmy (1st Grade break away), Gussy, Steve O(1st Grade debut), Ash Goddard (1st grade debut), Toohey, Shaun and Matty. Great effort to get out there, back up ya mates and give your all.
3 – Jason O’Dowd; Defended well all day and lead the guys around the park well
2 – Kumi; outstanding amount of courage with both ball in hand and continually dropping the big guys in defence
1 – Joel; talk and enthusiasm around the park was great and you didn’t stop trying
Bring on Balmain for our last home game for the year. I’m sensing a big upset so let’s train hard and come prepared to give it to these pricks.
2nd Grade – Beecroft: 12 v Mosman: 41
Great start to the game on Saturday and after 20 minutes it looked like we could have a boil-over. Aggressive defence and sensible attack saw us with an early lead. Sean and Shaunwere solid in the mid-field, where we knew Mosman would attack. They also made some good breaks with the ball, keeping the opposition in their own half for long periods.
Whatever happened after the 20 minute mark is unknown, but Mosman managed to apply the pressure back on us and as is the way, they scored a couple of tries to go to the break with a lead.
In the second half we battled away, but aside from some brilliant stepping from Sean “the Ghost” Toohey, we were unable to score again until late in the game. Too late to win but the guys kept grinding away.
We lost Cuz to a foul, late, high charge and that was a real dampener. If you play on the edge you probably deserve a whack every now and then , but in years of watching I’ve never seen Childsy pull a foul act. To say I was ropable is an understatement, and I made it quite clear to Mosman management that if we had video I would have pushed for their guy to be cited!
It’s too late in the season to harp on about fitness but I’m sure that’s where we were out done. Mosman had some big, fit outside backs, and as soon as we couldn’t slow the ball that gave them free rein. They used my favourite play with the blind side wingers getting involved as either dummies or receivers, and our cover defence couldn’t cut them down. Two games to go and still plenty of hope though and the team is hanging tough.
Enjoy the break this week and we’ll see if we can improve on our last effort against the non-amateurs from Balmain.
GO THE ALL BLACKS !!! Grey Man
Colts – Beecroft: 0 v Mosman: 32
Our annual THEME NIGHT is on THIS SATURDAY, August 23rd, after our last home round against Balmain.
It’s set to be a SUPER night – that’s the theme, in case you weren’t sure – and we want to see as many of you there as possible.
This is an event to bring EVERYONE along to – mates, girlfriends, partners, brothers and sisters – the more the merrier! We’ll be looking to wrap up 2014 with a big party and good company.
END OF SEASON TRIP
IMPORTANT INFO RE: EOST
Firstly – the price has dropped by $50! Based on our increase in numbers, we’ve secured better accommodation for a cheaper price. Total cost is now $500 per person.
The deposit of $250 is due THIS Friday (Aug 22nd). This is to cover flight bookings. NB. If you cannot make this deadline, but are set on coming, and know you can make the full $500 by September 26th, then please contact me, and we will work something out. We want as many to come as possible.This being said, if you can get the $250 by this Friday, it makes my job a LOT easier. If I haven’t heard from you, and have received no deposit, you won’t be eligible to ask later on if you can come.
Full payment will be needed by September 26th. Again, if you’re struggling, speak to me.
We will be flying out early on Saturday October 11th – at this stage we have a super early flight at 7:05am, but we’re looking at a later option.
Return flight is on Monday October 13th, at 3:25pm.
Baggage is CARRY ON ONLY. The weight restriction is 8kg though, so you should be fine.
Any questions regarding these details, PLEASE contact Milney ASAP: 0425 286 535 or email@example.com
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