Easts Take a Clean Sweep at Jamison Oval vs Wests
Right now, the Club archivist is scouring through piles of records in search of the date the last time Easts won 1st Grade, 2nd grade and Colts (all Premier Division grades). One thing is for certain, no-one at Jamison Oval today, Old Boys included, could recall either.
The remarkable resurgence of our great Club continues. There was a sense during the week that a clean sweep was possible, as long as the boys applied themselves. Colts got us off to a great start, taking an early lead despite having to run into a strong head wind in the first half. Coach Wetherall reminded the team of the need to maintain the pressure and play out the full 70 minutes. They did just that piling on points in the 2nd half to eventually win 37-12. There were typical strong performances from Tom Watego, Dom Monu and Sione but it was especially pleasing to see Simon Aiono and Todd McManus hit some good form. Great work guys!
2nd Grade last celebrated a victory in Rd 17 of 2014 (approx 1400 days ago!). Today's win was definitely overdue but there was sense that today was going to be the day. Coach Nagel and Coach Lenarduzzi had named a very strong lineup with a number of regular 1st graders dropping back down for this fixture. Easts again were running into a strong head win in the first half and trailed 12-5 at the break. I'm not certain about what was spoken at half time but I'm sure it involved playing territory rugby, pinning the opposition deep in their own half. That's exactly what happened with our lads battling bravely to see off a determined Wests outfit. The final score was 20 - 12 with Tom Pilkinton, Simon Webber, Jacob Angelatos and Connor McGoverne named in the best player list.
In the main game, Easts were out to atone for their 22 all draw back in Rd 2. In similar conditions to Rd 2, Easts again were required to run into the wind in the first half. Wests made a fast start giving signs that the match was going to be a struggle. Easts quickly regained composure levelling the scores through a Will Callen intercept try. Two tries to Jacob Abel saw Easts go to the break leading 17-13. In the 2nd half, Easts played the superior game, maximising the use of territory and exploiting Wests defence out wide through the speed of George Morseu and James Verity-Amm. A number of powerful runs down the left flank by Mees Erasmus and Langi Lolotonga also had Wests on the back foot. Easts showed today that they can be ruthless when they take the ascendency by pouring on the points through the 2nd half. The final score of 42-13 reflected the dominance of Easts. Best players for Easts were Langi, Scotty G, Carlos Marr and Mees Erasmus.
3rd grade were away to Queanbeyan and were unlucky to go down 38-22. Best players today were Gav McMullen, Primal DaSilva and Germaine Lemonthe.
Next week we are at home to Uni Norths and will celebrate "Old Boys Day". Let's give the Old Boys something to celebrate - turn up in numbers wearing you red, white and blue!