On Sunday (3rd April) the Bowral U18’s wrote a new chapter in the proud history of the Blacks. The inaugural entry into the Sydney Junior Rugby Union was marked with a tightly contested match against Sylvania. Bowral ran out winners on the final whistle with Charlie Machado scoring on the final bell to seal the victory. Sam Clark was successful with the conversion. There was great joy after the match as the Sydney competition is a big step up and to win there is pretty special.
Sylvania are known as a team who will test your discipline and it was a credit to the Bowral players that they stayed focused on the game plan in spite of strong provocation. Discipline, focus, aggressive defence and dominance at set piece laid the foundation for victory.
Bowral lead at half-time by 12 points to 5 with tries from Ruben Vermaak and Nick Neculman. In the second half Sylvania rallied and lead by 18 to 15 with a minute to go. Bowral won a scrum near the Sylvania line, the ball was recycled and moved to the right where Charlie Machado raced to the corner and scored to seal the victory. Final score: Bowral 22, Sylvania 18.
Being part of the Sydney competition is a result of the Illawarra not having an U18’s comp. Playing in Sydney provides this strong cohort from Bowral the pathway needed to keep them engaged with rugby and build into Colts and Grade.
Bowral U18’s will be playing half their games at home, so it is recommended you come down and see the future of the Black’s Grade and no doubt, some stars of the future.