1st Grade Loss 33-21
A back and forth affair at Portsea Oval saw the Owls go down to high octane Eagles attack, the final score 33-21.
The physical affair was punctuated with tries, with both teams going blow for blow for what seemed like most of the match. Try scoring efforts from Billy Carberry and Byron Hollingworth (2 tries) kept the Owls men in the hunt, but this was not enough to secure the win.
This loss moves the Owls first grade side out of top spot on the ladder. No confidence is lost however, as the lessons learnt hold the Owls in good stead come finals time.
2nd Grade Loss 52-22
The 2’s came up against the competition leaders looking for a big upset after a training week full of promise, the final score 52-22.
Late injury changes in 1st grade saw a huge call up for Harry Phelps to make his 2nds debut on the wing. Harry played well above his weight and didn’t for a second look out of place in reserve grade despite not having trained with the side.
The opening 20 minutes saw the teams very evenly matched; trading scores with no team seeming to have the upper hand. The Owls opening 5-pointer came after some well-drilled forward pod play: Angus Chapman able to cross the chalk thanks to a well-executed latch by Ben Alexander (apparently the 2’s new hooker has played a bit of footy before). Another Angus (yours truly) was able to add the extras and bring the scores level.
Gungahlin were able to hit back a few minutes later but pressure from the restart and a charge down from Patrick Callaughan ensured the Eagles weren’t able to build momentum. The Owls looked dangerous, mounting successive phases and testing the defence. A lapse in discipline in front of the sticks gave us an easy 3-pointer to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
Unfortunately, the attacking play wasn’t up to the same standard; loose carries and pushed passed resulting in turnover ball. As a result, the eagles were able to stretch the defensive line and create opportunities with strong line running. So opened the floodgates. Tries popped up here, there and everywhere for the red and black and we were unable to match the pace.
Sage words from the experienced Benny A encouraged the boys to enjoy the remaining minutes of the match and disregard the lopsided score line. As such, enterprising and exciting footy ensued. The backline threw it around in Fijian fashion and soon saw some slick scenes down the left edge as Tommy McGain and Sam Larritt dazzled defenders to put the left winger over the line. He was able to make his way under the sticks to make the conversion a certainty. The final minutes of the game almost saw Larritt over again, however his kick just beat him into touch-in-goal.
Womens X’s Loss 19-12 vs Eagles
It was a disappointing loss for the X’s girls at Duntroon, as they did battle with a fast-paced Eagles side.
Tries to Georgia Combes and Amy Daniels in the first half pushed the Owls ahead, however maintain the points scoring effort eluded the Owls women.
The Women’s X’s side remains in third place, with a chance to knock off competition leaders ADFA this Wednesday night at Duntroon.
3rd Grade Loss 38-12
Third grade men were unfortunately outgunned by a skilled Gungahlin outfit.
It was five tries to two in the end, the Owls men failing to get into a point scoring rhythm as Eagles showed stout defence.
4th Grade Win 14-29
The only win for an Owls men’s side happened in the first game of the day, as a typical brand of champagne union unfolded for the early crowd.
Some shaky defence was fortunately outweighed by sheer attacking brilliance for the froth graders. Another blinder by new recruit Lu Jones (three tries) and Dom Trinder put the Owls men in sight of a win.
The game was eventually sealed by an all-time classic try by grizzled veteran Eden Campbell-O’Brien. Sliding through the defence before wrong-footing the fullback put him under the sticks to put the game to bed.