Pleasing to see Round 2 done with some strong results, but it really was a little strange. For the first time in memory, the University closed the fields to sport for Friday evening and Saturday. Our chance to host a round of colts and juniors denied us, and all the hard work Pam, Tori, Vicki and other volunteers in getting set up for the occasion wasted. However, with some last minute negotiation, Caloundra came to the rescue and were able to host many of the games. Shout out to Caloundra for coming to the party at such short notice. We just appreciate the fact that our junior BarBars got to have a game of rugby, so thanks to everyone who made it possible.
Great day down at Caboolture. Our girls came up against a much bigger and equally committed team. All parties were very willing, but it was a long day at the office. Great to see such enthusiasm and persistence right to the end.
Reserve grade played against a strong Eumundi team, but ran away with the game to win comfortably. Our number 10 Tom Sly showed some great individual flare early on by scoring a try he had no right to score. Probably should have passed it 4 times, but great footwork and pace got him over the line. It's also encouraging to see Ash Platz back in Uni colours. We'll make sure to find a jersey for you next week Ash.
Seniors ran away with a big win over Caboolture after dominating set pieces. With a game where cheap shots and niggle started creeping in, it was nice to see Uni finding so much space out wide and getting on with the game. Highlights for me were Garry Jones scoring so many tries. There's nothing as good as wingers scoring tries in the corner, but we also got to see some flashy footwork and sharp thinking as well. The quick tap and kick to Garry's wing for a try was outstanding. The line Matt Lieder ran to score a try without anyone laying a finger on him - pace, commitment and determination. A pleasure to watch. But the best thing of all was the total domination against a much bigger pack at scrum time. I suspect we won more than 10 tighteheads, and with that much ball going forward it gave our backs a massive opportunity to showcase their skills, and they did just that. Great team effort.
Thanks to all our coaches, managers, players and volunteers for doing such a great job and just getting on with it. We all have to keep playing our part to earn success. It's a short season but it's got off to a great start, so well done to everyone involved.
USC Barbarians Rugby Club