Hallam work over persistent VUSC
By Tate Spiteri
Hallam Senior College have outlasted a plucky Victoria University Secondary College in front of a spirited crowd at AAMI Park.
The more experienced Hallam ran out 34-12 winners with forward Seu Seuiavatele named the GIO most trusted player for his man of the match performance.
The match started with consecutive sets down VUSC’s end before Hallam with their first offensive run immediately broke the shackles, Atonio Kavamoungaone was the beneficiary of some slick passing, scoring the try.
Moments later, VUSC thought they had the quick reply but Uala Salia’s effort was ruled a forward pass.
The fledgling school then continually pressed forward looking for an equalising try but the rock solid defensive work of Navarre Haisila, Kelma Tuilagi and man of the match Seu Seuiavatele denied them.
VUSC Coach Tony Adam also would have been disappointed with the cleanliness of his team in attack as a series of incomplete passes and knock-ons cost them dearly.
Despite, having all of the first half play VUSC then conceded a second try as TJ Mulaai’s stirring run ended with the ball in Jacob Cordtz’s hands who crossed the line. A composed Jacob Reedy-Bartlett then converted to put Hallam in complete control right on the Half Time siren.
The match threatened to blow out immediately after Half Time as Seuiavatele scored his first try and Hallam’s lead got to 18.
But VUSC, gritted the teeth and proceeded to dominate the next 10 minutes as Miniti Ofamooni and VUSC’s best on the day Trent Toelau combined to set up an electric run from Iverson Fuatimau who emerged from nowhere to cross the line.
And in the blink of an eye Tony Adam’s team had another try as Nikau Williams’ sidestep saw him cross the line and the margin cut back to 6.
But just as the intensity stepped up and the crowd began to lift the bigger bodied Hallam players rose to the occasion.
John Salatielu broke through for a bullocking try and the favourites went 24-12 up with 10 minutes left in the contest. Salatielu was then again involved 5 minutes later as Kelma Tuilagi crossed the line. The celebrations then started early as John Dunn scored Hallam’s 6th try of the night with a minute to spare icing the 34-12 victory.
The bigger bodied Hallam players without doubt were the difference in the 22 point victory but Chase Aporo’s field kicking ability was also a highlight.
Hallam coach Jamie Fardell credited his opposition saying they “definitely did their homework and came to play”
“To the boys this means a lot, its great exposure. Next games massive now, today we built a lot of positive energy,” he said.
Man of the Match Seu Seuiavatele was also full of praise, thanking VUSC and GIO when accepting his GIO most trusted player award.
“Its one thing to play at this beautiful stadium, but thanks to everyone for coming out” he also said.
Hallam will play reigning champions Westfields Sports H.S in their next match while VUSC will fancy their chances at their first GIO Cup win when they meet Illawarra in Sydney.
Hallam Senior College 34 defeated Victoria University Secondary College 12
Hallam: Antonio Kavamoungaone (6’), Jacob Cordtz (29’), Seu Seuiavatele (32’), John Salatielu (48’), Kelma Tuilagi (52’), John Dunn (58’)
VUSC: Iverson Fuatimau (38’), Nikau Williams (42’)
Hallam: Jacob Reedy Bartlett 5/6
VUSC: Saimone Ahomona 2/2
Hallam: Seu Seuiavatele, John Salatielu, TJ Mulaai
VUSC: Trent Toelau, Miniti Ofamooni, Nikau Williams