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Under 12 TAS Wrap Up

On the 12th of this month the Dalby Wheatmen Under 12 Rugby Union side travelled to Armidale, NSW for the annual TAS rugby carnival for Under 12 sides from all around Australia. With 50 teams competing from QLD, NSW, VIC and WA this was sure to be a great experience for the young Wheatmen and their supporters.

The boys had four games on the Saturday and depending where they finished in their pool, would decide who they played and for what placing on Sunday. The under 12’s played like true little champions and didn’t take a backward step all weekend. All their hard work during the eight weeks of training prior to the carnival had really come to shine and the boys played amazing footy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their first game was against Scots Prep from Sydney. To say they were a little nervous would be an understatement, but as they got into the grind of the game they started to realise they could match it with this big Sydney school. The boys controlled the scrums and set plays all game and their clean outs at the ruck were brilliant. They came away with the win 12-7, with two tries to one.

The second game was against another formidable rugby school, this time Nudgee College from Brisbane. Once again after the initial worries of competing against a great rugby school the boys kicked into gear. Our ball movement and control of the game was perfect. Our defence held solid, and never did we look like losing, coming away with the win 49-0.

The third game was a top-of-the-table clash in our division against Wollongbar Alstonville Rugby Club. Both teams were undefeated up until this stage and it was set to be a big match. Right from the kick off the boys were focused. The game plan was working and we were slowly working our way into the game. There was a serious injury to one of our opposition players and we had to move fields. This had rattled the boys a little and they seemed to lose their focus. With game tactics from the other team resulting in 2 yellow cards for the opposition the boys went down 10-0.

Our final game was against St Patricks College, Strathfield. After a refocus and a pep talk the boys were ready to fire again and didn’t disappoint at all. Their training and structured play came back and the boys enjoyed some great team football all around the park, running away victors 21-7.

This result meant the Wheatmen finished second in their division and now had to play the second place team from the division above them for the game on Sunday. We were told Saturday night it was to be Padua College from Brisbane. Another well renowned football school, who had been playing great football all Saturday.

We knew the game on Sunday was going to be tough, and it didn’t disappoint in the slightest. Both teams came out firing and after a tense 15 minutes of back and forth rugby where no team gave an inch, Dalby crashed over for the opening try to Josh Smart. Dom Black converted and Dalby were out to a 7 nil lead. Just before half time Padua went over after some great backline play and the teams went in to halftime Dalby up 7-5. The Dalby boys must have went to sleep at the halftime break as they were not competing at 100% on the field. Padua soon crashed over half way through the second half to lead 10-7 with 10 minutes to go. The next 10 minutes should have seen Padua score another 2-3 tries with the amount of possession they had. However, the Wheatmen kept turning them away with their solid defence, many a try saver on the line. None better than Wilsons Keating effort to stop a bigger boy at full pace five metres out from the line. He took the shot and won the ball back for the team. Dalby slowly worked their way back down the field and with only seconds left on the clock, the ball was picked up by Joe Maclean and he wasn’t going to be stopped. He crossed in the corner and the boys had won 14-10. This placed Dalby at third in their division out of 10 teams. The coaches couldn’t be happier with the way the boys held themselves on and off the field all weekend.

A big thank you to all the parents for their support, to my assistant coaches Declan Gibson and Grant Colquhoun and finally to all the local businesses for donating their goods and services to help make this trip and experience a reality for this mighty Wheatmen Under 12s team.

Coach, Sam Condon

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