Round 3 Academy Wrap Up
- Connor Rous
- Lockie Tindale
- Melvin Posetta
- Moses Faaola
- Moses Poreo
- Nathanael Mooney
- Titan Sega
- Zeke Melmoth
- Aisea Taupeamuju
- Laura Cameron – Bye
- Ryan Grocott – Injured
- Paul Faaola – Injured
- 1st Grade
- 2nd Grade
- 1st Grade 61-29 W
- 2nd Grade 19-12 W
- Colts 19-17 W
Well, I think my blood pressure has returned to within normal ranges after an exciting weekend of rugby. Out academy was represented across all premier grades this week and racked up some serious game time. The colts game saw 7 lads hit the field and add another 9 points to their tally in a nerve-racking game.
Titan Sega was an absolute stand out with solid ball running in the midfield, injecting pace, power and precision making great yards even after contact. Connor Rous continued his improvement controlling the forwards from half back while Izzy showed some great potential in the centers.
On the wing, Zeke Melmoth took a solid hit while putting his outside man into space and had to leave the field early. Hopefully, he will return soon and continue the work he has been doing in the back 3.
Completing the backs, Lockie Tindale had a solid performance, coping a ball to the head in a brave charge down.
Back in the forwards Nathanael Mooney and Melvin Posetta looked good with ball in hand, but were a little quieter this week than we have seen. I expect this will be a very different story playing a forwards orientated Owls next week.
Second grade continues to be the Mo Show with our two men from Melbourne operating. Moses Faaola came home with a wet sail after a quiet start in the centers. Moses Poreo had another solid day at the office working well to elude contact and keep the tempo if the game up. Nathanael Mooney was the first to arrive off the bench, slotting in at lock and went about the unglamorous work expected in the engine room.
Titan Sega came on in the second half and immediately made an impact, adding another try to his tally. Last to make an appearance was big Melvin who, again, stepped up well.
First grade was a game to remember and the heavy use of the bench meant that our guys got to enjoy a piece of the action. Moses Faaola, Titan Sega and Moses Poreo all crossed the sideline to help out. Titan again running well and troubling the defense, Mo F continued to improve on his slow start impacting defensively and taking the ball forward when called upon. Young Mo P also controlled the tempo well, keeping a cool head in a high octane encounter.
Next week sees us take on Uni Norths which is always an occasion and sometime a brutal encounter. It will also see our ladies team take to the field again, so there will be a chance to have every one who can play doing so. Time now for me to leave you and tuck into a cup of tea before we start up and do it all again.
Written by Gungahlin Eagles U20 Academy Coach Stuart Crew