South Aussie’s MGRL Summer 9’s 2015/16 Round 5
In game 1, the Blue Lake Knights defeated Horsham Panthers 64-58 in a close contest. Up against top of the table Knights, the Panthers came out looking to make amends for their less than average performance form in the previous round. With the Panther side making great improvement this season under new coach Rob Gascoyne and with Captain Josh Hiku back for the week’s game, the Panthers came out switched on and Hiku directed his team well on the field. From the onset, both sides looked even and went try for try for the majority of the first half, with the Panthers leading by two points at halftime.
This sparked the Knights into action who have not lost a second half this season. The Knights rallied in the second term and improved their efforts in defence, and strung some smooth sets of six together. The Knights were a bit light in their forward pack, but with the help of their centres and wingers, they scored a few consecutive tries with centre Daniel Fisher and new player and winger Patrick Coshan combining well and forming a solid combination out wide. In the end, both teams made unforced errors that saw the Knights hold on to win by six points. Both teams had multiple try-scorers with the Knights Daniel Fisher scoring four tries, and Jay Drakeley, Donovan Wood, Patrick Coshan and Joey Gilbert scoring two tries each. For the Panthers, Jayden Gascoyne and James Kalms led the way with three tries apiece, and Josh Hiku converted seven out of 11 attempts.
In game 2, the home-team Naracoorte Jets defeated South East Dragons 46-44 in a nail-biter of a game. The Dragons were missing a few of their key players including Shane 'bro' Davis who will miss the remainder of the season with a broken collar bone, as were the Jets with their own injury concerns. But both teams came out fighting for the top two position in one of the closest matches of the season. Jets Captain Tui Makoare led by example for his side with two tries and two conversions, Tahmykah Rippey and Tony McCarthy also stood up with two tries apiece, but they were also well supported by exciting young players Daysharn Makoare-Whaanga and Jonah Brown. Trailing 26-10 at halftime, the Dragons fought their way back into the game to only loose by two points in a high-scoring affair that saw both teams score nine tries each. The Dragons were once again led by the exciting and energetic Walker brothers Jayden and Rordon, with Jayden leading the way with a hand in nearly all of the Dragon’s tries, whilst Rordon was on the end of some of these plays and crossed for six tries. Dragons Siim Evert and Luke Riley also scored their first tries for the season.
In the Women’s, Mount Gambier United Storm defeated Naracoorte Jets 48-14. With Women’s Competition new this season, both teams are still learning the game but have improved significantly. The Storm try-scorers included Tiri-Jai Green and Kendall Saffin with three tries each, and Lorelle Walker and Kiowa Goodman with two tries each. The Jets try-scorers included Kelle-Mei Makoare, Jamie-Lee Walker-Smith and Jodie Stone with one try each.
Rugby League will be back at Apollo Soccer Grounds in Mount Gambier this Saturday November 14th. In Round 6 of the Seniors, Knights will verse the Jets at 3pm, and the Dragons will verse the Panthers at 5.15pm. In Round 3 of the Women’s, Storm will verse the Jets at 4.15pm.