U17’s Country Champs last weekend at Ourimbah.
14 Bowral Blacks represented the Barbarians at the NSW Country Champs this last weekend. The boys played well and were given the opportunity to play in NSW Country colours in recognition by the NSW Country President for their efforts in getting to the tournament.
The tournament started with a tough match against Central North. The Barbarians won the match 17-7. The structures employed by the team, worked effectively and after the initial arm-wrestle, the Barbarians ran out convincing winners.
The second match was against the defending champs, the Hunter Valley. The Barbarians completely dominated possession and territory for the first half and were rewarded with a try which was converted taking a 7-0 lead into the half. After the restart, the Hunter boys rallied and were able to score a converted try which evened up the scores. The rest of the match saw the Baa Baa’s on the Hunter line and whilst they crossed it several times, they were held up. Final result was draw. This meant that the Baa Baa’s went through to the semi-final on Sunday morning against the Mid-North Coast.
The Semi did not work out well for the Baa Baas as the Mid-North Coast were excellent and shut out the game 21-0.
The following game was a playoff for 3rd and this was against the Central Coast. Unfortunately, there was an injury to the key strike player, Sam Rembridge and the Baa Baas narrowly lost by 14-7. This was a tough result as hooker Jeromy Cairns scored under the posts to even up the scores. Unluckily the referee believed the ball was knocked on whilst being placed.
All in all, it was an excellent weekend with the Baa Baa’s ending up in 4th place (6 teams competed). The boys bonded and won a lot of support from the crowds and opposition. The families following the teams were incredibly supportive and a good time was had by all.
Final results: first place was Hunter, then Mid-North Coast, Central Coast, Barbarians, Central West and Central North.
In addition, Tyerell Deku and Daniel Taufahema were selected for the NSW Country squad.
The 14 Bowral Blacks were: Darcy Cotton, Sam Clarke, Charlie Machado, Max Carfi, Ruben Vermaak, Lachlan Frean, Max Beddow, Morgan Allen, Cheyenne Petersen, Nick Neculman, Max Vakapuna, Tyerell Deku, Harry Vaughan and Baden Stewart.
Special thanks to Tina and Ron Cotton for their support and team management.