^ Lewis Suddaby, Jake Crooks, Dane Howarth (c), Justin Collins, Lewis Bird, Rhys Frame, Jake Mooney, Adam Hamilton, Cody Blowes, TJ Smith, Alex Petit, Howard Sweegers. Front Row Leigh Monoghan, Tom Hooper, Tom Leary, Jesse Nixon, Adam Lowe, Joe Hooper, Daniel Simmons. Jesse Nixon and Alex Petit stop the Sharks’ forward
Last Friday, the Blayney Bears Rugby League took a squad to West Wyalong for the annual knockout. The Bears were up against the TL United Sharks.
We were all pretty excited about seeing the players wearing the maroon and white colours again.
Coach Jake Anlezark had the boys worked up for the match. Dane Howarth (captain) lead the boys out onto the newly refurbished Ron Crowe Oval.
The boys were determined not to let the Sharks runaway with this game too easy as being favourites. There was strong defence from both sides with the Bears holding up the Sharks over the tryline.
Just before half time, the Sharks converted their first try to make the score 6-0. In the Second half Bears Leigh Monoghan intercepted the ball and sprinted the length of the field to score our first try. Jesse Nixon converted the goal to make the score 6 all. It wasn’t too long until the Sharks scored again and made the score 10-6.
The Bears were trying their best to keep the Sharks out again and with 40 seconds to go and the Sharks scored again and converted their try to make the final score 16-6.
The Bears put up a fight the whole game and did not give up.
Special mention to Dane Howarth , Jesse Nixon and Daniel Simmons who were outstanding throughout the game. Howard Sweegers has showed us he has big things for his first year back since playing juniors.
“This was the first time these boys have played a game as a team and they did us all proud. All the hard training they have put in was worth it,” Jake Anlezark said.
“We still have our forwards to go into this side as well so that will help take the load of some of the boys.”
Club Secretary Lisa Oborn said: “I could feel the crowd leaning towards the Bears and were all a bit shocked. Trainers Tony and Sonya Tilburg have been a tremendous help with the boys fitness. When you see week after week how hard the boys have been training I knew it was not going to be a push over for the Sharks. We need to get the boys some more game fitness before Round 1.”
Our next knockout is at Bathurst Panthers on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 March. This is for First Division and Premier League. Under 18’s have the CYMS knockout on Saturday 23 March.
Both these knockouts are compulsory and would be a great opportunity for the town to have a sneak preview of the new look Bears.
We are still looking for a First Division Coach, so if anyone is interested they can come and have a look at the boys at training on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6.30pm at King George Oval. All new players are welcome to come and join in the excitement of putting the Bears back into Group 10.
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