Around the Grounds - Round 10 - Ballina vs Wollongbar - Alstonville
A tough assignment for the whole club with this round against W.A.R. with Presidents Cup also facing a daunting prospect against the Iluka Cossack’s. As Frase eludes to, it’s better to see where we are at now than at semi-final time. With the 2nd half of the season underway, let’s push through and build upon the great work that the whole club is doing and remain positive and confident that the hard work and processes will deliver great outcomes.
Go the Seahorses.
First Grade Report - W.A.R. match - Andrew Fraser
The best thing about a mid year exam is that you know what you have to improve on for the final exam.
Saturdays clash against the men from Alstonville was a stern test for the Seahorses. Despite a one sided scoreline - there were many leanings and positives that emerged.
The performance of new recruit, Hayden Warneke was very eye-catching. His set piece as hooker was very accurate, whilst his general play work rate was high.
The leadership and physical output of Grant Knight was also very impressive. He was ably supported by the never-give-up attitude of newly selected NSW Country Under 20 player, Tupou Lolohea. Jacob O’Connor and Marcus Lees also tried hard.
Ballina had their opportunities and in review of the game - the Seahorses spent more time in their opponents half than Alstonville did to Ballina. Missed opportunities by Ballina and then a subsequent error and some quick response play from Wollongbar - led to 5 of their tries.
The playing group have learnt from the weekend, and whilst the premiers deserve some applause from their performance - it leaves the Ballina players looking forward to the hard work that lies ahead, and a shot to redeem themselves in August and September.
Ballina have a tough month ahead with games away at University and then Lismore City, and return home in 3 weeks time against Lennox Head. The last game in the 4 week block is a road trip to Casino.
We look forward to your support ahead.
3. Hayden Warneke
2. Grant Knight
1. Tupou Lolohea / Jakob O'Connor
Second Grade Report - W.A.R. match - Chris Long
Longy was so upset with the performance against W.A.R. that he couldn’t offer up his match report this week.
With a forfeit from S.C.U. this week, let’s get to training and smash the back half of the season.
Presidents Cup Report - Iluka match - Jamie Coote
BRC Pres Cup team travelled south to take on the Iluka Cossack’s. The unfavourable draw meant that the thirsty 3rd grade side had to split from our home game and miss BRC taking on WAR. This left the side with minimal players, however the team made it to Iluka with 17 players and out together a quality side.
The return of Joel McMahon and Ryan Hamilton was a great boost to the side.
The 'Dark Horses, went into battle against a physical Iluka team but outplayed them in both halves through our dominant forward pack.
Two tries each half allowed BRC to gain a valuable bonus point and while Iluka tried to rattle the team with physicality, the Dark Horses ran away winners. Final score 12-22
Womens 7’s - Casino match - Paul Giltrap
A tremendous 1st game against the undefeated WAR team where we arguably unlucky just to come away with a 17-17 draw. Every player performed their role well and executed the game plan accordingly. A really pleasing effort and great turn-around from the first round result.
In contrast, the 2nd game was disappointing. Whilst our effort cant really be faulted, the game plan was largely ignored and we were out of the contest as a result. We unfortunately, also lost Mel/slash/Sarah to a season ending injury and trust she is back on deck quickly.
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