Agreed TGoR, 'View looked fitter and their combinations worked much better. As well as the 'View numbers you mentioned, 13 had a cracker imho.View v Scots
What a performance from from View Boys. Thoroughly entertaining style of running rugby that was asking questions of Scots outside backs that they could not answer. Surprisingly lacklustre from Scots Forwards around the field except for 8. Although I suspect View was running them off their feet.
Coaching at View deserve a lot of praise so far on how they have the team playing. Fitter, set piece and the style of play has been great over the last 3 weeks. The team that played Barker looks nothing like this team.
Best on ground for me:
Scots: 8, 13
Yes 9 players missing (opens and LT injuries) and still really trying who to work out replacements. The short trial season hasn’t helped, oh well. it was definitely 8 minutes early, the second half was only 17 minutes (timed, I’m a nerd) I didn’t make mention of how poor the ref was, you bought that up. I agree he made mistakes both ways but the critical ones were one way, Worse though was his officiating at the ruck, it was dangerously non existent. The young ref should not have been in charge of a 16a game. He needs to develop his skills at an appropriate level, there is a safety aspect that is seldom mentioned but refs do have a responsibility. Shore should never have put this kid in that position. Coincidentally, the explanation for the early finish was that games on the back fields must finish by 12.55pm (don’t know why). It was only 12.50 when he called it. The adjacent field hosted the 13a’s, Shore were trailing but clinched a draw with a try on the bell. Full time was called at 1.01pm. Make of that what you will. It’s just a game, many will say. I would say that the game has rules, boys at this level work bloody hard preparing for it and they deserve that it be officiated properly. Finally, why do the 16a’s play on the smallest available back field and not the main ground?T
Agreed the ref was not great but both ways and did blow match early. Not first half and not 8 mins. It’s not definite that Joeys had game. It was close. As you said 9 missing players- weakened side? Does anyone know other 16 results and age group results from Scot’s vs view and kings vs newington?
Sledged an injured player, wow great sportsmanship, that’s really something to be proud of.Pat “Cat” Young copped a pec injury which saw him come off for the rest of the game - he was only on for about 15 minutes, while he came off he sure copped a sledge from the shore crowd. Great game of footy.