Nail-biter for our U13 Redbacks

When two irremovable forces come together you are left wondering how long it will take before either one will give an inch and that is what happened on Saturday at Montefiores, when our under 13’s played Cowra in the last club round of the season. However the match had turned out to be an early semi-final as both teams, being one point apart on the ladder, needed to win to go through to the semi-finals.
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Wellington had beaten Cowra in the first round by two points so it was no surprise that this game unfolded the way it did.

The early signs were good for the Redbacks and they appeared to be right on top well into the first half. Damon Leigh was right back to his best charging into the line at every opportunity and Liam Brien’s pick and drive tactics sent the opposition reeling every time he ran the ball.

Almost unheard of in an under 13’s match the score was still nil-all at the half-time break. What can you say to inspire your boys to give more when they have already given everything?

A heart pill was not enough to settle old coach Dougald so the ambos were summoned to bring the defibrillator.

The second half was more of the same with the two sides surging toward each other’s line only to be cut down as if by machine gun fire.

James O’Brien picked up an attacker almost twice his size and buried him in the turf as dad watched on, reminiscing his own glory days.

Cowra almost scored twice, once being pulled up for a forward pass and the next time looked certain to cross out wide when Aaron Kitch seemed to come from nowhere and pulled off a ball and all tackle barrelling the runner over the sideline. Finally with eleven minutes to go an opportunity appeared when Wellington received a penalty goal out on the sideline with Cooper McGeorge stepping up to take the shot, the angle appeared so acute we thought the ball might get wedged between the posts but Joe Cool put it straight over the dot. Cowra would not lay down leaving the crowd on the edge of their seats, and then with five minutes to go Logan Conn split two defenders like a watermelon and planted the ball for a five pointer . Cooper once again converted from almost the same spot and it was all over. What will the semi finals be like if this is only the entree. Final score Wellington 10 Cowra 0, I forgot to get the points I was to excited.

Under 15s beat Dubbo Red 37 to nil.

The under 17s last round game of the season before the finals was a head to head match up against Dubbo Reds. The reds however were short of numbers and had to forfeit but the boys decided to play a friendly match and lend Dubbo players. The game was fantastic! The boys while playing a tough game of footy had a tonne of fun along the way. Plenty of banter, lots of scruffing but most of all there were plenty of smiles. It was so pleasing to watch a game that all the boys just had plain old fashioned fun and was a great reminder what kids sport is all about, Families enjoying their kids doing something they love and having a great time doing it. One mention does have to go to Matt Maskiel who scored his first ever try on the day and he was proud as punch, the smile didn’t leave his face all afternoon. The referee at the end of match commended the boys on spirit in which the game was played and he thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it. Thanks to the Dubbo Reds for such and enjoyable afternoon. What was he score at the end of the match I hear you say, well the winners on the day were all of the boys who played and the spectators who were treated to a very special game.

Wellington Redbacks have made it into the semi finals in all three grades and have run third on the Club Championships ladder. We have not had all three grades in the semi finals since 1998, an incredible effort considering the size of our town. So come along and support the boys on Saturday at Orange Waratahs, under 13s kick off at 9 am

Don’t forget the big garage sale everyone can find something to donate so please make the effort to make it a successful day

Contact Ken Blackburn 0427463442 or Ben Blackhall 0427162066 or goods can be dropped at Tyreright

Kenny’s excited

The Under 17’s Wellington in last weekend’s under 13 decider.

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