On Sunday the 28th of August the Black’s U18’s made history by being the first ever regional team to make the grand final of the Sydney Junior Club Rugby competition.
Bowral did this in emphatic style by beating the Epping Rams 35 – 5. Bowral ran in four tries and landed three penalty conversions in what was a controlled and skilful display by our boys. The game started well with the Randwick, Forestville and Warringah players and supporters forming a tunnel for the Blacks to run on. Bowral elected to play with the wind at their backs which flyhallf Baden Stewart used effectively to enjoy territorial advantage by kicking for the corners. The Blacks took full advantage of the field position and moved the ball wide where Matt Vianne, Sam Clarke and Lachlan Young made some excellent metres. Vianne was soon to cross over. Shortly after the restart Young was able to break through to score. Darcy Cotton had his kicking boots on and landed a couple of penalties in the first half as well as a conversion. Cotton also had some excellent runs and defended well at full back.
The forwards did excellent work with the tight five being very dominant in the scrums. This laid an excellent platform for the backs to launch effective raids. In the ensuing phase play and rucks the loosed forward trio of Ruben Vermaak, Harry Vaughan and Lachlan Frean were able to gain ascendence over their opposites which was a key focus going into the game as the Epping Bulls had NSW representatives in these roles opposite.
Ball runners Tye Deku, Josh Dick, Max Hani and Josh Lewocki added to the attack with some excellent raids which lead to more opportunities out wide which Morgan Allen and Max Carfi were able to exploit with a further 2 tries.
The attack was well balanced with an effective defensive effort. Max Beddow led the defence and was able to show physical dominance which stopped the opposition momentum. This was supported across the team with Cheyenne Peterson, John Garoche, Llew Davies, Lachy Watkin and Marcello Vaehoea.
The Blacks success has attracted talented players from Goulburn, Campbelltown and South Coast where players who are keen to develop to their full potential have recognised the opportunity that playing in the strong Sydney competition presents. There is bound to be some future stars lining up for the Blacks on Sunday.
The win was followed by many congratulations from the Sydney players and supporters.
The Blacks showed humility and are keen to put their best foot forward next week in the Grand Final against the mighty Manly Club!
The game is on at Concord Oval at 1.30 PM this Sunday 4th of September. Hope to see you there!