South Aussie’s MGRL Summer 9’s 2015/16 Round 6
Game 1 saw the Blue Lake Knights defeat Naracoorte Jets 40-28 in a top of the table clash. The Jets put 100% into their first half and gave the Knights a run for their money. After some fantastic attacking plays from both sides, the Knights finished up by only two points at the halftime break. The second half provided plenty of action for the spectators who vocalised their appreciation for the work out on the field. The Jets kept up with the Knights as both sides went try for try the entire second half. With only five minutes remaining in the game, the Knights led by two points and regained possession only 20 metres out from the try-line. On the defensive backfoot, the Jets did not have enough left in the tank to stop the Knights strong attack that broke through their defensive line to win by 12 points. Outstanding games by Jets Tony McCarthy, and Knights Karl Schaefer and Lelo Baleni.
Game 2 saw the women take the field for their third game of the season. The Mount Gambier United Storm defeated Naracoorte Jets 26-24 in a close and tough game. Both sides gave it their all with both teams struggling with injuries. Storm struck first with some quick hands and feet that ran clear for an early try. With plenty of big hits and some fantastic plays, the Storm went into the second half with a small lead. But the lady Jets were not giving in and stole the first try of the second half. This was followed by a fantastic conversion by Charlotte Lam which kept the Jets in touch with the Storm. With a few new faces in the Storm line up, the team worked hard getting used to eachother’s playing styles. But this did not affect playmaker Lorelle Walker who worked well leading her girls and helped put Kendall Saffin past the defence on the wing for a try which extended the margin. However, the Jets did not lay down with Kellie-Mei Makoare, Kashana Lewis and Chantelle Lam all standing up to take the lead back with eight minutes to play. In the dying stages of the game, best on ground TJ Green of the Storm got her hands on the ball and carved her way through a tiring Jets defence to score close to the post with only two minutes remaining. With the scores even, Storm Captain Loz Walker successfully made the conversion to give her side the win.
Game 3 between South East Dragons and Horsham Panthers was unfortunately named a forfeit with the points awarded to the Dragons.
Round 7 this weekend will see teams travel to Horsham, with Horsham Panthers verse Naracoorte Jets at 3pm, followed by South East Dragons verse Blue Lake Knights at 5.15pm. Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to contact MGRL’s Ben Goodman via email@example.com or find their local club via http://mountgambier.leaguenet.com.au .