RAMPAGE: Griffith Blackbirds player Issy McCloskery stares down her Young opponent. Picture: Raeleen Vincent
The Griffith Junior Rugby Union Club travelled to Cootamundra for the annual opening gala day of the Southern Inland junior rugby season.
The under nineswhite team came away with two convincing wins, the first over the Young Yabbies 45-10 and the second over the Albury Steamers 60-20.Fletcher Robertson and Kadon Williamsput in a strong efforts.
Under nines black narrowly lost their opening game against the Temora Tuskers 15-20 butbounced backto roll the Tumut Bullants 35-10. The standout players included Xavier McLeod, Ajay Chilby and Riley Perkins.
Following on from an exhibition match played last season,Griffithhas entered sides in both the seniorand juniorViva 7s.
The Blackbirds faced twoYoung sidesin both divisions and showed plenty of potential but lost all their games.The standoutswere Issy McCloskey andSerenity Amiatu.
The under 11s were competitive in their first match of the day againstTumutbut went down27-0. Their second match against the Temora Tuskers was an evenly contested match and only a late try sealed a 17-5 win to Temora, with Blake Flanaganthe sole try-scorer for the Blacks.
GAP: Connah Teaupa had a mixed day in his first outing for the Griffith Blacks scoring a try and picking up a yellow card. Picture: Steven Parisotto
It was a Jekyll and Hyde performance from theunder 13s.The Blacks sent out an ominous warning to their SIRU competitors following a 70-0 demolition of the Young Yabbies.
The Blacks were slow out of the blocks in the second match of the day against Temora and gifted the Tuskers two intercept tries. They turned the tide but fell short as Temora won 28-29.
Reigning SIRU under 15s champions, the Griffith Blacks, got off to a perfect start, notching up two convincing wins.MattParisottoled the team from the front with three tries, while Olivah Smyth grabbed a hat-trick of his own.
The Blacks intensity dropped away in their second match and had to fight hard for a27-7 win over Young.Bryn Francis and Connah Teaupa were exceptional.
Special mention must go toNoah Tyrrell, Will Carey, Oliver Shelton, Jyi Romeo, Lachie Robertson, Jack Fry and Tanner Cassidy who donned the jerseys of their opponents who were short on playing numbers.
PACE: Tom Taylor brushes aside a defender in his side’s narrow loss to the Temora Tuskers. Picture: Steven Parisotto
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