last year after the Barker v Waverley game, I thought Barker was going to be a force in 2018
after yesterday's Waverley v Brook game . I think Cranbrook are likely to be a force in 2019
to me Tagg and Alex Oreilly outplayed Waverley's backrow . which is not to say that Murphy or Marco Moretti had bad games
Cranbrook should of taken the 3 points on offer late in the 2nd half . as they definitely were looking a chance to pull an upset
things did not go well for Waverley . with Connor Molloy leaving the field early, and then Felix Valentine having been elevated for his good work rate, copped what looked like a bad knee injury
I didn't think the ref had a bad game . a lot of the Waverley supporters are one-eyed. and while I love the passion, the close result had nothing to do with the ref
Cranbrook were definitely up for the game . and to me Hutchinson-Walters and Milford were the difference
and must say I think Baldwin (11) should count himself unlucky not to have made CAS . he plays so far above his weight . and almost always beats several defenders
in any event, if the big Moretti is back . I think next week is shaping up as titanic
Barker are definitely firm favourites, but if Waverley play to the strengths, which I see as greater agility in their backs, you never know, Waverley could pull an upset
just need to somehow shut down Barkers 3 big guns . Pollard (2), Reimer (8) and Tecjek (9) .. although I do believe they have 4 Aussie schools players . so must of left out one
waverley v barker is shaping up as a battle royale .
IMHO the teams have strengths in very different areas
In my estimation, Barker key strength is their huge pack . and one of the best half-backs running off the back of a work-man like pack
in contrast Waverley is far less structured, and features a number of cross coders (leaguies in sheeps clothing) in Moretti, Milford and Hutchinson-Walters
reason why Waverley can win it . home ground advantage, Aussie schools dual coder Luca Moretti, the aforementioned leaguies, Tiger Murphy who has the heart of a champion, a good captain in Dan Andrews, pocket rocket Baldwin (11), and unsung heroes in Rice/Whiteman/Aholelei
just hope we get someone like Andrew Coorey to officiate . and let the players determine the result
WLF, good stuff . he seems to often get the top of the table matches . and in my estimation does a good job of letting a game breath.
I gather he went to Joeys so he is probably well schooled in the joys of running rugby
anyways weather looking good, and don't think there will be anything negative interfering with what should be a great game
no doubt there will be a good crowd, and bound to be a lot more entertaining than the last Wallabies match . with no interference from the TMO or whatever they call it, and limited penalty goals
I am curious who people rate as the best school boy 1st XV refs?
On the rare occasion that Angus Gardner has done a schools fixture . I have rated him
How do they decide who gets these gigs . Rugby Central? I gather 1sts and 2nds are done separately from rest of games .. that is the extent of my knowledge
Not CAS but an oustanding idea. Hope to see our CAS brothers supporting this.
Well done Joeys and Kings. Hope people here can "buy a bale"
Put me down for two!
SATURDAY 4 AUGUST 2018
ST JOSEPH'S COLLEGE No 1, AUGUSTINE ST, HUNTERS HILL
1st XV - 3.15pm
2nd XV - 2.00pm
Joeys and King’s have a long tradition of schoolboy sport and membership of the AAGPS. They are two of Australia's largest and longest serving boarding schools, with their roots embedded in regional NSW.
On Saturday, Joeys and King's unite to not only enjoy spirited competition between our great schools, but to raise much needed funds for Rural Aid Australia. In the lead up to game day, students, Old Boys, and parents of both schools are asked to come together and donate for those in drought stricken areas.
The joint Joeys and King’s initiative will see 100% of all donations going to Rural Aid Australia. These funds will provide urgent aid for drought affected farmers. To make your donation, click the button below and select Rural Aid Australia - Buy a Bale from the link below.