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Season 2022: First Grade Match Report

CCCRL R1 1st Grade – Wyong v Kincumber

The match was played on Morry Breen Field which was soft and heavy underfoot due to the recent rain.

The Colts scored early, quickly shifting the ball to the outside of the home team’s right side defence, racing down the eastern touchline then kicking infield and into the ingoal. Kincumber won the race to the loose ball. The try was converted for the visitors to take a 6-0 lead.

Wyong remained composed and built pressure via possession and field position. The Roos defence had re-organized and were tackling in numbers. The pressure told late in the first half. Player Coach, Todd Lewis, received a wide pass on the left from acting half and advanced inside the opposition 10m line. Lewis then turned the ball inside to fullback Aaiden Wright who wrestled his was through three defenders to score. Wright converted his try. The teams were locked at 6-6 going into halftime.

Kincumber started the second period with much more energy than Wyong and again stripped the Roos right side defence with a quick and well executed spread to the flank inside the home team’s 20m line. The try was not converted. Colts hooker, Fletcher Berry, subsequently made things more difficult for the Roos when he span clockwise from acting half to score beneath the posts. Blake Wylie converted the try to give his team a 16-6 advantage.

Roos five eighth, Finn Douch, missed a scoring opportunity when he powered between defenders but lost possession as he lunged to ground the ball. Just minutes later Douch made the scoresheet, swooping on a misdirected Colts pass inside his own half of the field, evading several attempted tackles and accelerating away from the pursuing Colts’ posse. Wright converted to put the Roos within striking distance at 12-16.

The sides went set for set for some time. Wyong’s kick and chase game gave the Roos a slight advantage and better field position in the latter stages of the match. The home team repeatedly probed the Kincumber line but the Colts defence was resolute. With less than 5 minutes remaining Wyong kicked into the opposition ingoal. Kincumber was unable to defuse the situation. Roos outside backs, Zane Rickit and Luke Cain simultaneously attacked the rolling ball and it was impossible to determine which of those players first got his hand to the ball. Cain was awarded the try, but regardless of the scorer, the resulting points again levelled the scoreline 16-16. Wright was left with a sideline conversion to win the match. The roar of the home crowd told the story. Wyong 18 defeated Kincumber 16.

Douch was voted Players’ Player by his team mates and Wright received the Coach’s Award.  

Pictured: R1 1st Grade Debutants (L to R) – Ky Johnson, Sam Grose, Jake Dawe, Jahrn Komene, Jake O’Brien & Finn Douch following the pre-match Jersey Presentation