This year was time for the U15’s to tour Kuala Lumpur, the group set off with 27 players and 12 supporting dads, the schedule was set to play 3 games, KL Cobras, KL Saracens and KL Tigers. The group flew out on the 21st April with activities such as Sunny Lagoon park and Batu Caves arranged throughout the week touring prior to the games.
Ground rules were set by the leadership team and the lads were settled into the Istana Hotel right in the middle of KL. The team all bonded as a result of the tour and many memories were made often repeated through the daily kangaroo court, it must be said though what goes on tour stays on tour!
The first of the games had to be postponed against the Cobras due to the thunder and lightning but we had a great evening at the Cobras club and had a mighty sing off! Although we did return the day after in the thunder and rain to play and give some education to the Cobras as they were not quite in the same league as the U15’s.
The second and third game were against the KL Saracens and the KL Tigers, both to be played on the Saturday 27th April at Alice Spring School – you could sense though the KL Tigers were the team to beat and were set to play us second. The first game kicked off and although the Saracens had quite a big side they were no match for the U15’s with our boys running in several tries to win convincingly. KL tigers run out and looked to be a much more organised side, it was evident at the kick off that this was a better side but the U15’s managed to overpower them early and score a couple of tries in the first of 4 quarters.
The U15’s managed to win quiet convincingly but KL Tigers did score once to give them some pride. We all met after the game at the local restaurant where the KL Tigers put on a mighty feed and much to the delight of the supporting dads a couple of towers of beer!
The welcome from the hosts in particular Cobras and the KL Tigers was magnificent of which hopefully can be reciprocated should they choose to tour WA.
New Brothers Centurions
Well done to Sean “Butters” Moremon in playing his 100 senior grade game for the club. Butters first joined the club back in 2005.
Also well done to Michael ‘Muffin” Byrne on his 100 cap. Muffin is one a few players that has played in every senior grade from Colts to Premier grade during his 100 games.
Both players were awarded their Centurions cap by Senior President Anthony Wall. Butters and Muffin are our 26th and 27th Centurions players at the club.
"We are very proud to see this club grow steadily over the years and it’s great to acknowledge these milestones for the playing group and to have almost 30 centurions already is testament to the club's health culture considering we are only in our 21st year," Anthony said.
Junior Match Reports
Under 13 Gold
Our U13 Gold team played away against Palmyra, and the game started with great pace and our boys were dominant from the start of the match. Our boys went on to win 108 – 0 in a very dominant display. There was very good skill level with the catching and passing being very effective, and our boys used the width of the field well. Our forwards were strong and won all scrums ours and theirs, but we need to do more work on our lineouts. The backs we slick and fast. We had some new boys in our team, Mitch Wilby and Caius Stratton, and they settled well into the team.
For the most part the boys played well together and showed that winning the breakdown followed by hard running and quick passing by to the open player who can exploit the gap delivers points.
In total there were 16 tires, and well done to the try scorers, Daniel Bennie x 4, Leon White x 2, Mitch Wilby x 2, Jordan Bouwer x 2, and Ed Jones, Franco Coetzee, Charlie Maher, Ruiz Lee, Neil van der Westhuizen, and Whetu James who scored 1 try each. Well done also to Travis Davis who was successful with 14 out 16 conversions.
Leon White won Man of the match.
Round 1 of the comp with the newly formed U17 Blue team in a local derby against Wanneroo, it was evident from the kick off that this was a strong Joondalup side and within 5 minutes Jan Smit run down the right wing to score, from the kick off Wanneroo battled hard but it was soon Jan gain for his second on the 8 minute mark which Kobi adding the extras again.
Still in the first half another great try by the blues from Francois to take the lead going into the second half at 21 - 0. With the second half in motion Wanneroo started fighting for some pride and where soon rewarded a try by the big centre Alex Hill, this was responded to with another from the blues from Dieter bring the score to 26 - 7. Just when it was thought the game was over the Blues managed another in the dying minutes to finish the game 31 - 7. Great start to the U17 blues.
A couple of great line breaks and forward moves during the game but one certainly worth mentioning was the tackle from Dan Howard to floor the Wanneroo player on his own try line!
Match Write-ups needed
Our seniors are on the lookout for a suitable person to do our match write-ups across our senior teams. The write-ups will be circulated in our weekly newsletter along with being posted on our clubs official Facebook page. match photos will also be provided.
If you are keen to know more please contact Dave Wells on 0402 209 944.