Mosman Rugby Old Boys News July 2014
MOB July 2014
1. Match Reports
2. Supporters Lunch
3. Evening at Mosman Rugby
4. Ladder positions for all teams 2014
Mosman’s Kentwell Cup team is set for a simple plan for the last 3 games of the season – win all games and they will likely be in the finals, lose one of the 3 and they will finish the season after round 18. Home games against Beecroft and Colleagues will be followed by an away game against Old Ignatians in Rd 18. The team is looking as solid as at any time of the year with several players back from injury or from sojourns overseas! Old boys won’t understand the latter during a rugby season but it is one of the problems coaches face in the modern game!
Recent game stats for the Whales have been:
Rd 11 V Campbelltown won 78-0: a rout of the Harlequins who are having a tough year. Tries – two each to No 9 Pickles and centre Sam Smith, and others to lock James Keith, flanker Andrew Ianna, No 8 Webby, flyhalf Alistair Warnock, centre Alex Miles, fullback Charlie Biddulph, and reserves Adam Draper in his last game for the club and evergreen Slammin Sam MacDonald who continues his great form. Biddulph kicked 9 goals for 23 points to do a Bernard Foley for the game!
Rd 12 V Drummoyne lost 27-3: The team has had a few disappointing losses this season but none more so than this effort. The Dirty Reds deserved to win but not by this margin. One to keep in mind if we do make the finals.
Rd 13 V Balmain won 30-29: The Whales were probably lucky to get the points but showed a great deal of character to come back after having three players binned in the second half. Certainly the best opening 20 minutes of the season from the pack. Two tries went to winger Damien Bignell in his first start for the Whales First XV, with one apiece to lock James Keith and skipper and half Pickles. Flyhalf Warnock kicked a very important field goal and fullback Biddulph kicked 2 goals and a penalty in the last seconds for the win.
Rd 14 V St Pats lost 37-29: They were simply too good and the final margin flattered Mosman! Prop Toby Anderson and centre Alex Miles scored tries and fullback Biddulph’s kicking was flawless with 2 goals and 5 penalties.
Rd 15 V Knox Old Boys won 42-13: The team had to win this game and it basically came together perfectly in a very comprehensive win. Centre Miles bagged another two tries, and other to cross for ‘meat pies’ were hooker Dan Farrell, half and skipper Pickles, winger Tom Mathers and fullback Biddulph, who also continued his good form with the boot with 3 goals and 2 penalties.
The team has probably not had the look they did in 2013 however they could just surprise if they make the finals.
Other teams are also going well with Colts, 4’s and 5’s looking good for the finals while 2’s and 3’s have to keep winning and have other results go their way. In the all-important Club Championship the Club is also travelling well and maximum points over the last three rounds will top off another very successful performance.
Supporters Lunch 2014
There was plenty to panic about when only 35 tickets had been sold the week before the Club’s lunch on 25 July. But things went into overdrive with President Michael Flude, Events Co-ordinator Rochelle Martin, Hon Secretary David Creecy and the Mosman Juniors (what would we do without them!!) all putting in a great effort to get the numbers over 150.
It was fitting to have such a good crowd to ‘finally’ recognise the Honorary Life Memberships that were bestowed upon John Maxwell, Todd Hogan and Paul Smyth, all who have made such marvellous commitment to the Club over many decades. Well done, and so say all of us!
Guests Stu Wilson and Phil Waugh entertained the guests with great wit and rugby yarns and MC ‘Sambo’ Sampson again kept the day flowing without missing a beat. I for one was a bit slow with the water the next day at Rawson!
Next year we will do it again, but hopefully with a big turn out from the Mosman Old Boys.
Ladder positions after Round 15 2014
The colts are leading team in the club sitting comfortably in 1st place. First grade are in 5th place and have a favourable run home. 2nd and 3rd grade need to win their last three games. 4th and 5th grade should wrap up a top 4 spot this weekend.
Season 2014 ladder positions for all grades are as follows:
Club Championship – 3rd
1st Grade – 5th
2nd Grade – 6th
3rd Grade – 5th
4th Grade – 3rd
5th Grade – 4th
Colts – 1st
Halligans – 2nd
More details can be found on the Mosman Rugby website Draws & Results
An Evening at Mosman Rugby
‘An Evening with Mosman Rugby’ will be held on 23 August 2014 from 4pm after the Mosman Whales take on Colleagues. Then watch the Wallabies take on the All Blacks live from Auckland in open air cinematic style. Details for purchasing tickets are on the website.