Bob Davidson (42)
40/7 full time Knox winners
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Knox Vs Barker a very entertaining game. Knox seemed to get back on track after looking flat last week. It was an all round team effort with the forwards creating havoc at the breakdown and backs scoring tries from slick well executed moves.
Rhett Butler, 9 was awarded man of the match and provided great ball all afternoon.
Barker played valiantly and their forwards never gave-up winning almost all their set-piece play. Unfortunately the backline were rattled and they never really recovered from several knock-ons and dropped balls in the first half.
The knox inside backline of Butler, Woodcock, Williams and Armstrong were constantly menacing the Barker backs, creating space from some beautiful moves and running aggressively. The fly-half Woodcock, took good options and really mixed it up to the point where Barker didn't seem to know what was coming next. However, I thought Joe Williams 12 in particular played very well - running hard and straight. The speedsters, Stocks, Stenning and Bosch were very safe out the back running many kick returns. Stenning pulled off a great front-on try saving tackle.
The Knox props, Grindal and Cutrone had blinders and I saw both make some massive hits and clean-outs. Rowell, 2 took at least one tight head and was spot-on with the line-out throws. However, The core enforcers of the team Swinton, Chapman, Basson, Margin and Begg played their typical hard, uncompromising rugby to wear down a tough Barker pack.
Barker were very gracious hosts and it was a great afternoon of Rugby.
Congrats to Knox players and coaches - 10/10 wins. I believe the first time since a two round competition was introduced in the 90's.
Overall it was a great, albeit tense game, with Trinity mounting a comeback in the second half but ultimately falling short. Longville should be commended for his kicking game, which kept Trinity in the game right until the end.
This year has seen a lot of heat on coaches. Williams from Knox has copped it for a while now and this year he is shoving it back in everyone's faces. This year Cornish and Maloney from Waverley have copped it yet Engele from Trinity doesn't get it at all? He was poached from Waverley 2 years ago. So far he has come 6th and now 4th. Waverley beat them (and him) twice. Surely Trinity will be looking for his head on a plate?
Well said. I guess, all I'm saying is that the other coaches don't get mentioned. Those 3 coaches were spoken about a lot at different times.I don't think there is necessarily much heat on coaches given that the majority are employed as teachers not rugby coaches. Williams at Knox is an exception - if you are employed solely to deliver a schoolboy premiership and you fail to do so then that criticism is valid. One out of three is good but if you were in private enterprise the shareholders could rightly ask what happened during the other two years. Cornish is a maths teacher and sometime year master and helps out with athletics and the variety of other stuff teachers get asked to do such as parent teacher night next week etc etc. Maloney is a year master, teacher and 1st XI cricket coach so he divides his time between several pursuits. I'm sure Engele and the others do the same (by the way Engele left on a teaching promotion as he has every right to do, not a coaching contract). Knox hasn't shoved it back in everyone's faces - rather it has shown that it takes a professional rugby coach three years and about AUD 500,000 to deliver a premiership. The sad thing about it is that I am sure they had a talented bunch of players but the professional thing rankles a bit at schoolboy level. For all the other coaches come Monday it will be back to teaching, school reports and normal life at school. As it should be.
it has shown that it takes a professional rugby coach three years and about AUD 500,000 to deliver a premiership. The sad thing about it is that I am sure they had a talented bunch of players but the professional thing rankles a bit at schoolboy level. For all the other coaches come Monday it will be back to teaching, school reports and normal life at school. As it should be.