Gorillas Colts Shine Despite Loss
This week the Gorillas only had two games to play as the Women and 2nd Grade had the visiting sides forfeit. Whilst this gives them an easy 5 competition points it meant that neither team had any game time which they would have enjoyed given their success of late. Both sides will be looking for big games in Bathurst next week.
Commencing the day the Gorillas Colts took on an undefeated Bathurst Bulldogs in a top of the table clash. In a very hard fought game the Gorillas pushed the Bulldogs holding the scores level until the last 10 minutes of the game where the score was locked at 15-15. On two occasions, deep in the opposition half the Gorillas were pressuring the Bulldogs defence in an effort to gain ascendancy, however, on two occasions they may have just pushed too hard as the Bulldogs plucked the ball for two long range tries against the run of play at the death to finish out 29-15 victors.
The Colts were aggressive all day in defence and scored an amazing length of the field try with Eric Dayes making a break and then toeing the ball through for Sam Horton to finish in style. Jack Bell showed why he has earned representative honours having a great game scoring a try and sharing in players-players votes, but recognition must go to the young men up-front with the days other players-player Jacob Taylor and the rest of the pack putting in a very strong performance. The courageous Colts are sitting in 2nd position on the ladder and will be training hard with the Bulldogs being the team to beat this year.
Straight to 1st Grade and with Blayney opting for uncontested scrums the Gorillas had arguably their most powerful weapon nullified. The Gorillas had to look to other areas to apply pressure and it was their line-out that allowed them to build phases and march down the field. It was to be a fairly scrappy game though with plenty of handling errors from both sides, the Gorillas seeming to be trying to do too much with the ball resulting in turnovers. Craig Duff has changed moisturiser this week and paid the price as the ball slipped from his grasp several times, denying him a try on one such occasion.
Blayney defended with tenacity all game making it difficult for the Gorillas to gather any momentum, but the tireless work of the days Players-player, Sam McLeod, and the injection of energy off the bench helped steady the ship for the Gorillas. Hayden Everett was very strong with the ball and Bill Rybak has come back from injury as if medicated by Red Bull bringing a lot of energy to the field. Pin-up boys Jonathon Sharkey and George Hancock had big games as usual as the Gorillas extended to a 53 – 7 scoreline.
A special mention to those players who have made themselves available to reserve for 1st Grade over the last two weeks despite their not being a 2nd grade fixture. The club is enjoying some great depth of quality which will serve us well come finals time.
Next week the Gorillas head to Bathurst for a top of the table clash with CSU. The Gorillas are sitting clear on the ladder but a loss to CSU could see them steal the home semi-final so there is a lot to play for. We return to Cale Oval on the 27th July for the last home game, also being our Beat the Breakdown round.