I find it funny that Ashgrove kids have to come onto G&GR to troll people. Their forward pack was merely AVERAGE compared to other years. I would rather an Eddies or Padua forward pack then Ashgrove's! Why? Pick and driving and mauling can only get you so far. It works for a while in the game, but eventually the opponent adapts to it. Great example is SEC vs MCA in round 3. To start the game 2 players from the Eddies forward pack got sent off. Ashgrove started picking and driving and did gain metres UNTIL the second half. Eddies forwards adapted to it and started defend the pick and drive. For a few minutes Ahsgrove was on Eddies try line trying to just pick and roll their way over. Eventually they made a mistake. My point is, you really need some good running forwards who can create spark. Ashgrove don't have that player. Another example is Eddies vs Padua. Eddies scored 3 tries straight up from pick and drive, then after a while Padua defense adapted!
Little kiddies of Ashgrove, go home and talk to your mummies about how Ashgrove for a second year in a row has disgraced their school in 1st XV Rugby. You can say all their other teams won the premiership but no one cares. At the end of the day it's about how your 1st XV performed.
AIC 1 Forward pack:
1: Dominic Dingwall (IONA)
2: Tom O'Tool (IF HE CAN THROW) (PADUA)
3: Kaleb Tigafua (SEC)
4: Daniel Byrne (MCA)
5: James Lanchashire (MCA)
6: Connor Gentile (PADUA)
7: Daniel Robinson (SPC)
8: Layton Kember (SEC)
Backline is very hard to predict with so many skilled players.
As a Laurie's parents for several years now, i believe this years 1st XV team has had the worst team management I've ever witnessed. However without completely blaming the coaching staff etc, i am aware of the likes of Jordan Bayne and Nic Jesburg who weren't committed and particularly Jesburg who was in the small tussle during the trial match. Although they weren't as dedicated to 1st XV rugby, week after week both these players are running around in the 2nds killing it, scoring try after try, full field runs etc. These two players along with Eric Touriki (Not quite sure on correct spelling) should be the gun "go to" men in the Lauries 1st XV side. As parents, we just don't understand why they aren't putting the right team on the park to compete with the standard of players. Its just unfortunate for these boys as its there last year, and I along with other parents hope it doesn't continue with the next couple of years. Whats everyone's thoughts?
With this calibre of player in the 2nds, how was St Laurences gone in that competition?
seem abit lauries bias? but from the game i watched on the weekend biekoff was off his game getting out muscle by someLauries Boys that should be in for a shot at AIC should be Beikoff(6,7,8) Hansen Luther(prop) Askin(7) and possibly Schneider (second Row)
Askin: Askin has been going through endless injuries throughout his rugby days but in his time has made junior gold as a flanker and met east. Askin has been Playing a good season, being responsible for almost all of Lauries Turnovers (which was very few)
Schneider: Mitch is not the outstanding player of AIC and I will except that, but non the less he still is an outstanding defender being able to take down all to run at him as well as being an amazing lineout jumper and leader.
Hansen-Luther: Michael is without doubt the strongest and biggest player in AIC, coming from a weightlifting background holding a secure top 3 spot in Queensland in his division as well as making junior gold and met east various times making him an unstoppable force. last season he had a horrible accident to his knee, causing him to not be able to play until early this year but he came back keen to get fit and prepare himself for this season. defiantly an AIC contender. Lauries have not utilised him enough this season.
Beikoff: Despite Beikoff sitting on the wing or in centre all of last season (complete waste) he has come back this year in the forwards and making an impact. He was originally not picked in the run on for unknown reasons but due to the injury of players, was called up and has been player of the match every game he has played since. His strength and speed is without doubt his strongest point as he is also from a weightlifting background and holds the current Queensland record for the clean and jerk and snatch (is currently ranked number one is Australia in his weight division). he also showed his pace in the Padua, Iona and peters game being able to run straight through the line and burning the outside backs of the opposition.
Fixtures for the final Round of Rugby this year
Villa vs SEC
Ashgrove vs SPLC
Padua vs Iona
SPC vs SLC
Any early Tips?