By Ken Stevenson, Manager
Before the 1st game of 2017 players from both teams our juniors and supporters heard from Patron Colin Fleming you gave a stirring and fitting account of the outstanding efforts our past Patron John Mulford gave to the club prior to a minutes silence. John’s efforts will not be forgotten.
Well after months of training it was time for the lads to play rugby and we started well dominating the ruck and maul and No 10 Luke Giles making good ground with his tactical kicking.
Strong defence frustrated the Colleagues forwards who were challenging the Drummoyne try line before a turn over and play heading back into the opposition territory.
With the Drummoyne backs looking sharp, winger Jo Vunisa went in for a fine try after superb hands across the back line. Giles converted.
After playing Colleagues in the last trial the opposition did not expect the outstanding Drummoyne defence and the back line running them around and leaving their slower backs stunned on the ground. After sustained pressure Chris Sefo went over for try from the back of the scrum.
Despite the positive start 5 penalties against us allowed the opposition into the game. Shortly after a Drummoyne dropped ball and a kick off the ground from Colleagues led to a try to the oppositions. Half time Drummoyne 12 -10.
The half time break gave the lads time to rethink and they came out on fire and a penalty try to Drummoyne extended the lead.
Almost from the kick off half-back Stephen Bruce scooped up a loose ball and sprinted down the sideline untouched to score a fine individual try. Giles converted.
With Drummoyne now well in front and Colleagues looking fatigued, Inside Centre Sam Fellows scooted away for his 1st try for the Dirty Reds.
Late in the game and holding a good lead things deteriorated and this led to some scuffles close to the Colleagues tryline and much to everyone’s surprise the ref handed Drummoyne 2 red cards.
Despite the Ill-discipline at times throughout the game and the headaches this causes, the lads proved that they will be a force to deal with this year and they are looking forward to next round away at St Pats.
3pts – Stephen Bruce
2pts – Chris Sefo
1pt – Jo Vunisa