Beecroft Brag – Issue 39


August 5th, 2014
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Weekly Newsletter – Issue #39
Dear All,
Kia Ora!
So, because I have no life, I’m sitting here in my apartment in Wanaka, NZ, typing up a Beecroft Brag.
That is all.
Crofty Critique: Petersham (Away)
1st Grade – Beecroft: 24 v Petersham: 27


We will reflect on this game as the one we gave away. Being up by 12 points with 15 minutes to go was a very unfamiliar feeling for us, and unfortunately we had few moments of madness and allowed the Shammies to get a sniff and they were good enough to take it.


It was good to get a ref that wanted the game to flow and we had the tail wind to start and managed to play the game in the right areas with Carroll and Jase kicking us into good positions, in defence we had good line speed and put them under a lot of pressure and Daffy was having a field day on the ball. The first try was cracker after turnover ball Carro heard the call from Keto to go wide coming out of our 22 with a great ball to Jake who hit space then put in a great kick regathered popped toKumi, who popped to Jase jogging on the spot to score.


Second half saw us scrambled well, keep apply the pressure and their frustrations showed with lapses in discipline and a number of errors. Both the forwards and backs worked really hard and it was end to end footy. Our second try come off our try line after good vision shown by Carro to hit Jase and open them up then to hit Matty flying on the wing to go 50 metres to touch down. Not long after a drop ball was pounced on by Jase who had to sprint 75 metres to score his second. Unfortunately we couldn’t go on with it!


Congratulations to Stuey on playing his 100th game and joining the Mensa club, and thanks again to the guys who backed up; Peachey, Gussy, Bully and Jake.



3 Daffy – was in everything, loss count of the turnovers and had plenty of running metres as well.

2 Carro – lead the line of defence well in the backs and kicked well

1 Jase – two try’s, lots of defence and attacked well


Bring on Mosman!



2nd Grade – Beecroft: 29 v Petersham: 5


After watching the Colties’ great win over Shammies, there was hope that we could take up where they left off. The trip to Marrickville was made unpleasant with most taking an hour or more negotiating the traffic to get to the ground. 2nds never really got that lethargy out of their system, and although there were moments of good play, overall we never lifted our input to match a team that was there for the taking.


What we have been building over recent times was left on the bench. The commitment to clean-out and ball support was sadly missing and the Shams got too many easy pickings where we would normally retain the ball.


I can’t overemphasise the importance of the first action when the ball carrier is challenged. The impact of the first supporter immediately is far more influential than any other player joining in. Whether it’s securing the ball or hitting the ruck, that first action must be decisive and aggressive. On Saturday I lost count of the times our first support player was 3 metres from the breakdown, and by the time they got to the breakdown, Shammies were too well set for us to retain ball. I know games like these are best forgotten but we must be honest with ourselves and admit that because the head space wasn’t right, everything turned to dust.


Once again thanks to the old stagers for standing in and to Boobs’ mate Andrew in his first game of tackle, who managed to get one good run and was sound in defence.


I still believe we can finish the year as a stronger team. Our main aim now is to make sure we keep building on that desire to keep up a good team spirit to ensure that everyone returns next year for the re-build.

Tastiest player of the day was Adam Bartoldo, even though the Petersham player spat him out after only one bite. J O’d struggled, but it’s only a once off; Peachey scored a well deserved try; Matt  did okay in one spot and has committed for next year… Everybody else went through the motions, but as I’ve already said, it just didn’t happen.


Down the dunny with that one and let’s look forward to a return to form against Mosman.


Grey Man



Colts – Beecroft: 41 v Petersham: 3


The Colts continue to finish strongly in the back half of this season and this week we walked away with a full 5 points, thanks to a 41-3 victory. With Ben Ashwood somehow managing to misplace his testicles this week we were down a specialist halfback, but with a stoke of coaching genius Alex Jones was given the task of caretaker No. 9, and did well to step into unfamiliar territory. Dean Wells had a great game at the back, using his speed in attack, and pulled off a try-saving tackle, which would have given Petersham a bit of momentum had they scored. Blake Ryan again had a strong performance in the pack, with his direct running setting the standard for the rest of the piggies. It was our attack that was too strong; Dave Conlon was taking it to the line giving Jackson Canningroom to move out wide.




2 – Jackson Canning

2 – Blake Ryan

1 – Alex Jones

1 – Dean Wells


Social2Upcoming Social
Our annual THEME NIGHT is on August 23rd, after our last home round against Balmain.
Tickets will be going on sale soon, but right now we want YOUR ideas on what our theme should be. Hit up Gussy Robertson with your ideas. Theme will be announced by end of THIS WEEK (August 8), so get cracking!
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.
So, if you didn’t hear, the Gold Coast Sevens is where it’s at for the end of season trip!
We need confirmation of numbers ASAP, so email Milney if you’re interested.
Details are as follows:
Cost: $550
This covers flights, transfers, accommodation, and 2-day pass for the Gold Coast Sevens.
Dates: Saturday 11th – Monday 13th of October
Return flight is Monday afternoon. Trust us, you won’t want to be going to work on the Monday.
What to pack:
Clothes, costumes (check out the Gold Coast Sevens website to see how nuts everyone goes with dress ups)… Don’t go too overboard though, as we’re keeping it to 8kg carry-on luggage to save on costs.
Booking will be going through in 2 ½ WEEKS – August 22nd, so to lock your spot in we need a deposit of $250 before that date.
Payment details:
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BSB: 082330
Acc: 039511297
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HillsideCards‘C’ is for Crofty
Great to see a lot of the guys repping the ‘Croft from around the globe. Check out the most recent additions to the Facebook album.
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From the Sin Bin…


When I figure out how to embed video into these emails, we’ll all be able to enjoy Jake Ryan dancing in awesome fashion whilst out with the Colts…
In the meantime, here’s another guy dancing enthusiastically. Is it just me or can anyone else see:
a) the resemblance
b) the possibility of this being Jake in 10 years time.
Jake Ryan - dancing in the street
Jake Ryan – dancing in the street
SidelinesFrom the Sidelines…
Speaking of Jake, he was good enough to share this gem with the Colts, which we are now sharing with you.
Does anyone recognise a few senior Crofties amongst this fresh-faced group of young Oakhill rugby players??
See you on the sidelines,
The Committee
Beecroft Rugby Club