Alan Cameron (40)
From what I can see Iona 2 should be QLD 1
Iona going through as undefeated prems with young Samboy being prominent through the season should mean something
Yes agree with you GO , won’t take up any more time on this thread talking anything other than AIC . Good luck to all.And @ Nomad
I have reviewed the BSHS v BBC trial , and yes , Nesta Mahina will challenge with Tevita Kaatuu and Zac Crothers ....IF ..BSHS remain committed to playing him at 2
Terrace's best of the day , across both games , IMO, was a split decision between Dan Condon and Tyrone Bad Ass Mofo , although Will Roche was mighty in the first game ( while watching from the Coffee Queue )
I am unmoved XXXX
Pats are a 2 to 3 man show and SPLC are a 4 to 5 man show . I have a modicum of respect for Peters but not much for Pats
The Maristinians were in an arm wrestle with the Paduans until half time too. Padua have made an art form on how to fold your tent in the 2nd half of games. In fact , I think there is a feature on them on the Great South East in a few weeks time on how to fold your tent in under 5 minutes
No monkey on the back for the Ionians IMO .
Premiership is theirs
And it doesn't really deserve to be shared anyway. They are rightful outright Premiers
OK here's one I'd be interested to know. Have Villa ever won a 2nd XV premiership in either AIC or TAS? You do want to take it "one game at a time" but you would say that they will go in as favourites against Padua, then should account for St Peters, which would set up a winner takes all game in the final round at Ashgrove.
Optimistic call , Ashgrove 2nd XV demolished SPC 100-0 yesterday at CurlewOK here's one I'd be interested to know. Have Villa ever won a 2nd XV premiership in either AIC or TAS? You do want to take it "one game at a time" but you would say that they will go in as favourites against Padua, then should account for St Peters, which would set up a winner takes all game in the final round at Ashgrove.
All respect Garry, Iona are the best of a bad bunch. I've seen MCA, SPC and Iona all play. I wouldn't be surprised to see SPC beat Iona. Iona's forwards are average. 6 runs around with bravado. Front row are weak when challenged. Iona's Plan A at the tackle is to seal rather than secure. SPC have good firepower around the park, and admittedly, I was surprised they went down to MCA by that margin.
Bigger picture, AIC are pedestrian compared to GPS. Things speed up, contact gets heavy and they fall over. The injury stops in Iona v Villa on the weekend were incredible. From the teams I've seen so far, I'd be reluctant to put my house on an AIC player to hold down a Qld 1 position comfortably. Talk of the Iona 2 as the best is ridiculous. Crothers from Churchie is a workhorse around the field and works hard on the ball. Chalk and cheese.
big call Garry, given the Padua kept them to 5-5 at half time until Iona pull there finger out, and one of the bottom teams put 27 points on them and lead for much of the game yesterday. Iona has now sustain injuries in key positions, there 15 was on the sideline yesterday his replacement not coming close to filling his shoes, 3, 10 , 12 also look very much in doubt for the next few weeks.
Should note that compare to the other teams Iona coach given very little time to bench players, they had nearly 90 points on eddies yet the team remain unchanged, could come back on bite him on the ass. Takes a squad to win a prem.
Pat and SPLC will be major hurdles.
Just looking at the results it seems pretty even between Villa and Ash - don’t know that the 100 nil drubbing means too much - Villa beats Pats well also. it’s the other results that are informative - let’s just say this, if Villa beat Padua ( not that this is certainty by any means ) then I think we can say that the final match will be a cracker showdown. Let’s see what unfolds this SaturdayOptimistic call , Ashgrove 2nd XV demolished SPC 100-0 yesterday at Curlew
I agree Iona need to bring more to the table against Pats than they displayed against Villa. Maybe Iona thought they would roll Villa easily and they might be more “up for Pats” but I think the Pats forwards looked better than Iona. It’s certainly a danger match for the black and white.Iona are lucky they have got past their hardest games without those injuries. Ashgrove were without their strike weapon in the backs all season and haven't really penetrated too much there, Padua left their best performances overseas and just haven't clicked, so it's only SPC who might give Iona a run in the first half. SPC don't really have the fire power to crack Iona. In saying that Iona probably haven't fired since their grand final against Ashgrove in round 2, so anythings possible. The Iona 2 is going very well and looks the goods. Iona will need MP (Moana Pasifika) and the others all playing if they’re going to be safe. I did hear that LTW made a cameo return for Ashgrove against SPC, scored a try and came straight off. Iona will need all their guns to click from the kickoff. They might have the wobbly wheels heading to the finish line.
I agree Iona need to bring more to the table against Pats than they displayed against Villa. Maybe Iona thought they would roll Villa easily and they might be more “up for Pats” but I think the Pats forwards looked better than Iona. It’s certainly a danger match for the black and white.
Good luck to both these sides - I heard that the Villa side has had something like 7 front line players out for most of the season thus far which is a shame because last year that premiership race was a real genuine three way shoot out. Having said that the Ash Laurie’s game this Saturday should be a cracker - I’m tipping Laurie’s in a real close one. Can’t wait till these teams (including Villa) play firsts.....Big game for SLC Vs ASH 10As this weekend
SLC big chance to take out 10A, 9A and 8A premierships
Win or lose this round, it sounds like a pretty good rebuild.
Especially with grade 10s making up numbers in the 1st XV which were decimated by injury after a promising preseason win over SPC.