Mudgee Public School v Dubbo South Public School.
Round 3 PSSA Western Knockout.
After progressing to the third round of the PSSA Knockout with a victory over Cudgegong Valley Public School, MPS were up against Dubbo South Public School. This was to be a grudge match as it was the Dubbo school that knocked our team out of the Peachey 7-a-side Knockout in Dubbo recently.
MPS were at an instant disadvantage with the loss of hard-running forward, Jet McAuliffe, who was out due to suffering a broken wrist in weekend football commitments. Luckily, Jacob Noel made himself available for selection which added a great deal of starch to the forward pack.
Dubbo had two colossal forward who we knew would be a handful for us. The whole team banded together to shut them down early in the game and, as a result, it nullified Dubbo’s advantage. Our boys were free to play confidently and they showed the vocal home crowd why this team think they can be successful in this year’s competition.
Jacob Noel displayed his talent with some barnstorming runs early in the half. Shannon Charters and Jake Grocott, not to be outdone, helped out with some hard metres of their own. Kai Fisher was solid, fresh from his representative commitments for Western in Sydney, and Jesse Bodiam had his usual vice-captains ‘lead by example’ game.
The first try came early in the form of a Jamie Underwood show-and-go. The conversion was unsuccessful, leaving the score at 4-0.
Dubbo then hit their straps and tried to turn the game around with a vital try just before half time. The score would read 4-all.
Harrison Cole must be credited with some excellent kick-chases and solid defence in the first stanza.
The second half started with a charge by Jacob Noel who showed he doesn’t just possess strength, but also speed, as he busted the line and ran some 60 metres to score out wide. The conversion was successful by Jamie underwood. 10-4.
Lachlan Hemingway was instrumental in his new role at fullback and the crowd were rubbing their eyes in confusion, thinking they were watching James Tedesco. Wil Treeve only received minimal possession but when he did, he proved and absolute handful for his opposite number.
MPS seemed to find another gear early in the second half and two inspirational charges from Rugby Union convert, Michael Webb, put MPS in the box seat. Jake Grocott caught the defence napping on the line and dived over from dummy-half for his second try in two games. A conversion could have nearly put the game out of reach for the opposition but it missed, leaving the score 14-4
Just when it looked like MPS was in total control of the match, one of Dubbo’s forwards ran the length of the field and scored under the posts. Their conversion was successful, taking the score to 14-10.
Mudgee Public School vs Cudgegong Valley Public School
Round 2 Western PSSA Knockout.
MPS met cross town rivals, CVPS, in the second round of the PSSA Knockout. Both teams progressed in the first round with a bye and this was to be Cudgegong’s home game. MPS had been training hard on Tuesday afternoons to prepare themselves for the competition and were ready for a tough encounter.
MPS kicked off and straight away it became a battle of the forwards. Jet McAuliffe and Shannon Charters made plenty of tough metres up the centre of the ruck early and gave MPS the start they needed.
Jamie Underwood and Will Stott called the shots and delivered the ball to the hardworking second rowers Jesse Bodiam and Kai Fisher who Cudgegong found it hard to stop.
CVPS fought back with some of their big forwards who ran hard and straight. Jake Grocott and Lachlan Clayton were instrumental in halting their momentum, with some almost seemingly impenetrable defence.
MPS got the ball back in good field position and were able to spread it wide to our speedsters and Jordi Robertson was able to cross in the corner to open the scoring. Jamie Underwood was left with a hard kick and was unable to add the extra two conversion points.
As so often happens in tough games, the opposition was able to strike back soon after with a try of their own. This looked to give CVPS the upper hand in the latter part of the half but Jamie Underwood offered his opposition a solid dummy which they were very happy to accept and he scored next to the post. Lachie Clayton converted on half time to make the score 10-6.
The second half shaped up as tough as the first. Metres were hard to find for both side and the defence was equally hard. Cudgegong scored again and converted to take the lead at 12-10. From there on it was all MPS with a great try from dummy half by Jake Grocott. Will Stott missed the conversion and MPS was back in front but only just.
With five minutes remaining, MPS had to hang on and the defence by Wil Treeve and Jordi Robertson was excellent. The final whistle left MPS victors with a 14-12 score line.
Jamie Underwood would be voted as the players’ best on the day.
Mr Mac would like to thank the parents and friends of MPS who provided the boys with the all-important support that got them over the line. Thanks also to Mr Robbie Clayton who helped out with water and instructions during the game. Of course there is no game without the officials so thanks to Adam Sutherland who refereed, and to ex-students, Alex Sutherland and Josh Scarbrow, who took time out from school to run the line.
Peachey/Richardson Rugby League Knockout
On Tuesday 4th April, MPS traveled to Dubbo to participate in the annual Peachey/Richardson Rugby League Knockout. We took a record five sides this year; two Year 3 / 4 sides and three Year 5/6 sides. All the boys were able to play lots of footy on the day and learn some new skills. For many it was their first game of football. Every one left with sore muscles, some bumps and bruises, but all wearing large smiles.
One of our senior sides won all four games and was successful in making it through to the finals. They were beaten in a very tough game. For many boys, this was their fourth day of football in a row so they were extremely fatigued. However, these boys gave their absolute best and need to be congratulated on their efforts.
A big thanks to all the parents who assisted throughout the day. Without your support this day would not have been possible.
Western Rugby League
MPS took 9 students who were selected in the Cudgegong Zone side to try out for Western in Dubbo. They competed against the best players from the Western area including major regional areas such as Dubbo, Bathurst and Orange. The students who attended were for under 11’s – Will Stott, Lachlan Hemingway, Jordi Robertson, Lachlan Clayton, and Kai Fisher. For Opens – Jamie Underwood, Jet McAullife, Jesse Bodiam and Jake Grocott.
Two students were successful in selection and will be representing Western in an upcoming carnival in Sydney. Congratulations to Kai Fisher for making Under 11s and to Jamie Underwood for making the Opens side.