Friday, 11 April 2014

Dukes in for Halligan

It is something that the Dukes have been trying to do for 2 years, but this Saturday at Carrs Park the Alexandria Dukes RFC will be running a 2nd grade for the 1st time.

The Dukes had good numbers at preseason and were teetering on the edge of a 2nd team proper, but now with 5 new boys just this week, and 29 at training we can put ourselves forward.

The Dukes will play Waverley in a Halligan cup fixture at Carrs Park. This will lead straight into the 1st grade game vs St George.

The Halligan Cup is a pathway for us to grow, and with some luck we hope to make this a regular occurrence. It allows everyone match time and ability to pudh for positions.

So if you're not got anything on get down to Carrs Park and watch history.

Squad for Saturday

Gents, we have had to named an extended bench of 25 to play St George.
We can only play 23 on the day.

We will be having a Halligan game in round 3 which will mean more game time for all. 

There is an opportunity to play this weekend at 9.45 at Waverley but am asking the president if there is a chance of playing at Carrs Park before our game.  But is extremely late notice I know. There will be much more structure around 2nds next week.

But this week the squad is as follows.

This weekend the 1st XV will be:
1. George Hicks
2. Zak Pohiva
3. Billy Hodgetts
4. Tom O'Connor
5. Matt Sullivan
6. James Schulz
7. Jacob Jones
8. Cameron Cooper
9. Sam Ryan
10. Ryan Bowring
11. Phil Hughes
12. Cameron Dombkins
13. Brendan Hoskins
14. Vladislav Yershov
15. Kelly Wilson

16. Corey Mangan
17. Kevin Addison
18. Prop or Hooker
19. Alex Cavanaugh
20. Alex Schulz
21. Dane Le Ray
22. Rob Blake
23. Esie
24. Brody Rumsby
25. Aaron Whiteley

If you haven't been named in the starting team and you are available for a Halligan game at 2pm or early then text me on 0450200638 or email

Otherwise I will see you all at the ground tomorrow.


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Dukes vs St George @ Carrs Park

Awesome session Dukes. Great to see almost 2 full sides at training.

Welcome to the new boys tonight, I hope you found session did you well and we'll see you on Saturday.

Joel Horscroft-Smith, Mark Geddes and I will name an 8 man bench for this weekend by Friday lunch on the website.

If you're not on the bench still bring your gear as there are always things occur and there are always jobs to be done. The game is at Carrs Park. If you need a lift there will be a number of cars leaving the Iron Duke Hotel at 1.15pm. If your getting there yourself then make dure your there by 2.15pm and ready to warm up at 2.45pm. The Sheriff will have his note pad out.

We will be running 2 grades from either round 3 or 4, depending on the numbers for each week and how the draw pans out. But there are at least 2 teams in our competition where there are 2 teams with Maccabi and Fairvale/Lansvale running 2 teams.

I must say for me it is an exciting time that we have as much depth and that a second team is a real option.

This weekend the 1st XV will be:
1. George Hicks
2. Zak Poliva
3. Billy Hodgetts
4. Tom O'Connor
5. Matt Sullivan
6. James Schulz
7. Jacob Jones
8. Cameron Cooper
9. Sam Ryan
10. Ryan Bowring
11. Phil Hughes
12. Cameron Dombkins
13. Brendan Hoskins
14. Vladislav Yershov
15. Kelly Wilson


Monday, 7 April 2014

Dukes vs Burraneer Wrap

It was a great way to start the season with a win.  The Duke were solid winners with a 29-24 defeat of Burraneer.

The game was always going to be solid with 2 of the bigger packs in the Meldrum cup.  The score line suggests a closer game but the Dukes were by far the better team all over the park.  Only some missed conversations from Alexandria and a couple of penalties from Buraneer keeping the result close.

From the kick off the Dukes had a few scrappy plays and had a few penalties against them, losing starting Fly Half Aaron Nunn in the 3rd play of the game with a recurring hand injury.  However the Dukes recomposed themselves to score the first points from a quick break and a rolling maul for Zak to go over for the Dukes first try of the season.  The try was unconverted. Dukes 5-0.

Defence was key for the Dukes and there were some massive hits in the backs and the forwards.  The 2nd try of the match went to Burraneer through an intercept try which could have gone either way should it have hit the intended mark.  The Burraneer 10 plucked the ball out of the air and juggled it before running 60 metres.  The try was converted and the score was 7-5.

From the restart the Dukes attacked in both attack and defence.  Some solid running from Dukes Debutant Cam Cooper and fitness Guru Kymm “Sarge” Beer put Burraneer on the backfoot.  From a penalty the Dukes set the line out and it was Sarge who ran 35 metres palming 5 or 6 porpoises to go over for his first try of the season.  Conversion unsuccessful and the score remained 10-7
The Dukes pushed the play around the park but got a bit careless in and around the ruck giving penalties away.  After a couple of penalties the referee gave both clubs a warning.  Burraneer slotted a penalty goal from 35 metres out to even the game. 10-10.

Solid clean out and multiple penalties for of side saw the Dukes take control of the first half from here on and Burraneer did not have much of the ball at all.  The Burraneer 2nd rower was Yellow carded for infringements and shortly after one of the Dukes Hooker Zac went over for his 2nd try of the afternoon.  Try unconverted 15 – 10
8 players got their starting Cap for the Dukes this week and all were playing exceptionally well.  One of the 8 Vladislav was actually playing his first competition game ever and after a move to the wing picked up a try, after some fast hands and smart thinking from 2nd Fly half Ryan Bowring, got the ball to him and he ran 60 metres showing some great pace to go under the posts.  Try converted by Kelly Wilson, another who was pulling on the Dukes colours for the first time in a competition match. Score 22 – 10.

The Dukes looked ready to score again, but some poor handling let Burraneer off.  They got a lucky kick away after, and only some misfielding at the back and an offside, gave them an opportunity to again put over a penalty, but they decided to try and run the ball.  This was a mistake, with the Porpoises being manhandled.  Half-time score 22-10.

The 2nd half started with a strong showing for the Dukes, pushing the ball around the park and smashing the Burraneer boys into the Nagle Turf.  Esei on debut was formidable in the centres in both attack and defence.  More strong running from the Dukes back 3 and followed up by some great wide running saw Captain Tom O’Connor over for another great Dukes team try.  29-10.

The Dukes defence was still very strong, but a couple of lapses at the breakdown saw Burraneer get an opportunity to get back in the game with 20 minutes to go.  They scored a good try finished off with a strong maul.  The try was converted and the score was 29-17.

The Dukes really grinded the game down at their own pace, and whilst Burraneer had the Lions share of the ball they could not get through the defence.  Sarge was yellow carded with 15 minutes to go, for a what can only be described as a referee melt down.  However the Dukes rallied, and even with 7 in the scrum showed the strength to keep going forward. 

Burraneer looking out on their feet got another lucky kick and put some pressure on, and with a penalty for killing the ball they had a chance to get a bit closer, but that was all it was.  It was the last play.  Burraneer went over after 10 phases and the try was converted to make the final score 29-24.

Man of the Match was Ryan Bowring who got the Referees 3 points as well as the Dukes points.

Great effort and a few things to think about for next week, but very promising.

Dukes 29 (Tries, Z. Poliva 2, K. Beer, V. Yershov, T. O’Connor; Conversions R Bowring 0/1, K. Wilson 2/4)

Burraneer 24 (Tries,  J. Moore, Z Robertson, S Chiou; Conversions L. Matai; Penalties L. Matai)

Referees Points
3pts - Dukes 12 – Ryan Bowring
2pts – Burraneer 2 – Daniel Kritzler
1pt – Dukes 7 – Cameron Cooper

Dukes points
3pts - Ryan Bowring
2pts - Zak Poliva

1pt – Cameron Cooper

First Caps players
Dane Le Ray
Alex Cavanaugh
Cameron Cooper
Sam Ryan
Phil Hughes
Ben Stepkovitch
Vladislav Yershov
Esei Tu'Ipultou
Kelly Wilson*
Brendan Hoskins*
Brody *
Paul Blake*
* Reserve

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