Enjoying the Walla Rugby gala day in Wellington were the Parkes Boars Under 7s and coach Brendan Guy (back); front from left – Declan Quade, Jack Milligan, Aaron Perrin, Memphis Ross, Zachery Guy, Daniel Anderson and Hayden Milne. subIt was with excitement and anticipation the Parkes Boars Walla Rugby teams played their first gala day of the season in Wellington last Sunday.
A great day was enjoyed by all the participants and spectators with a positive outlook for the games ahead.
The Saturday morning games were always going to be a hard task for the Under 13s and 15s Boars when they headed across to Dubbo to take on the strong Roos.
The players will be better for the hit out as coaches took plenty of positives out of the encounters.
The Under 15s Boars travelled to Victoria Park, Dubbo, to take on the Dubbo Blues team.
Still on a high after their win against Mudgee and fresh from two weeks of byes, the boys were keen to get on the field and get busy.
They kicked off and immediately put the opposition under pressure with a number of hard running hit ups from Darcy Cusack and Jackson Mitchell, which put Dubbo on the back foot for the first 20 minutes.
Dubbo started to move the ball wide and found the Parkes boys scrambling in defence. With concerted pressure, Dubbo broke the line and scored a well-earned try.
The Dubbo boys continued to press and ran in a number of tries to take a strong lead.
Parkes did not give up and continued to play with intent which paid off through a try to Seth Pearce converted by Brad Burrell.
The Parkes boys showed great teamwork and continued to play to their best right to the whistle.
The final score was 31-7 which did not reflect the great effort put in by the Boars.
The Boars Under 13s headed to Dubbo to take on a red hot Roos outfit last Saturday.
In pouring rain, the Roos got straight about their business, piling on points through their much bigger forwards.
While the first half was a whitewash, the tired Boars defended better in the second half.
Tyler Yeo was solid and was brutal at the breakdown.
Cody Reynolds made the bravest play of the day in attempting to tackle a rampant second rower near the line.
The junior Boars went down 56-0, but are looking for redemption this week.
It was a great opening gala day of sub junior rugby at Wellington.
This season has seen a large number of older boys move up a grade to Under 11s, leaving only a small group of experienced boys to help the new up and coming players from Under 7s.
With 12 players moving up from 7s to their first season of tackle footy, they did amazingly well.
The first game against Dubbo saw the old heads lead from the front.
There was some good defence and cleaning out from the Rayner boys, including a great steal at the breakdown by Sam which led to Aiden scoring a try.
Sam later picked himself up a double.
Lachlan Reynolds had a wow of a day with great tackling and ball running, also picking up a try.
The newcomers never took a backward step all game with Sam Westcott pulling off a great cover defence tackle down the sideline which saved a try.
Both Dominic Gibson and Eben Labuschagne laid the platform for some good cleaning out, with a few big hit ups with their first few touches in Under 9s.
The second game was against Emus who are a big ball running side and put a lot of pressure on the Boars try line.
But, to the Boars credit, their defence was good with only a few lapses in concentration leading to Emus tries.
With all the pressure on their line, Parkes had to dig deep.
Dylan Quade was down hurt at the bottom of a ruck, only to pick himself up and make a great cover tackle on the Emu’s winger to save a certain try.
The match featured great defensive work from Mack Mitchell and Fergus Kerin.
Their good work created a turnover in Parkes’ half to allow Liam Middleton to scoot down the right hand side for his maiden try in Under 9s.
With limited ball Parkes still managed to gain valuable yards with some straight ball running from Holly Duncan and Darcy Summerhayes.
The last game was against the second Dubbo side who had watched Parkes’ first game of the day and worked on some tactics.
From the kick off it was clear Dubbo had a plan to spin the ball wide and stretch the tired Parkes defence.
This worked as Dubbo ran in a few early tries. When they decided to go through the middle of the Boars’ pack, Sonny Macgregor pulled off the biggest hit off the day and stopped the attacker in his tracks.
Ian Perin showed determination and strength to keep on tackling even after a poke in the eye.
This was combined with the good cleaning out and pick and goes from Riley Duncan.
The Dubbo defence started to tire allowing Henry Rice to show his speed from the back of the ruck to make some very valuable meters and get his team on the front foot.
Sunday saw the start of the season for the Under 7s in Wellington.
The grounds were wet and muddy, which the boys had a lot of fun in.
A very enthusiastic team of mini Boars ran out for their first game against Mudgee.
With more than half the team on debut, they worked well together.
Zac Guy showed his seasoned skills were not forgotten over the summer break, putting the first points on the board for the Boars.
Newcomer Jack Milligan made some great breakaway runs, while Daniel Anderson chased down the ball to make lots of tags.
He also went over the line for his first try.
Hayden Milne was great in defence, with numerous try-saving tags on the line.
Hayden also scored a try in his debut game. Back for another season, Declan Quade helped new recruit Aaron Perrin with defence and runs to assist their team closer to the line.
Game 2 against Dubbo shaped up to be easier for the boys, now knowing what to expect. Great teamwork, defence and runs continued throughout the game.
Memphis Ross found a hole in the Dubbo defence to score in the corner.
Zac Guy found a helpful patch of mud to slide his way over for another try.
Hayden also kept his momentum going, running over the line for his second try of the day.
After a big break and a bite for lunch, the boys were charged up and ready to finish the day strongly when they took on Cowra.
The team combined well to post a large number of tries against the Eagles.
Junior rugby continues this weekend.
Tomorrow morning, the Under 13s and 15s enjoy home games against Bathurst and Wellington respectively.
The Walla Rugby teams head across to Orange where Emus will host the gala day on Sunday.
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