Lower Mountains 40 v Emu Plains 16
Round 4 saw the Eagles come away with an impressive 40-16 victory over Emu Plains to maintain their undefeated season. The boys displayed an awesome commitment to defence, with every player bringing down all that ran towards them, as well as chasing down anything that might have gotten around them. Although it was another great team effort, Chase showed that not surrendering and keeping those legs pumping can lead to tries. Cooper and Huxley demonstrated their determination and never stopped chasing and bringing down players. All the boys played outstanding and I can say I am very proud of them.
Lower Mountains 32 v Glenmore Park 56
Lower Mountains 36 v Blacktown Bears 28
Hard fought win against a much bigger side with plenty of reserves on the bench. Our guys once again showed what they were made of in defence and set about tackling a big opposition as a team effort.
Outstanding games had by Rylee Reed and Tristan McGregor who were everywhere in attack and defence, excellent evasive running by Jaxon Currey who played well all day. Lucas Stevens came up with some excellent try saving tackles close to the line and ran well with the ball in hand. Jack Blattman was his usual self running the ball up hard and tackling anything that moved. James Babbage tackled well around the legs day and ran the ball hard, he also showed great courage to continue playing after being on the receiving end of a massive hit from the biggest player on the opposition side.
Keep up the great work guys, you’re making us all so very proud to watch on each Saturday morning
Lower Mountains 44 v Doonside 24
A fantastic effort from the young Eagles with strong performance in both attack and defence. The team is really starting to gel with the first receiver role which lead to many line breaks and tries coming from all over the field. The defensive effort was the most pleasing with really strong tackling on a much larger side due improved technique from all the boys.
Stand out performances this week from Lochie, Cooper, Lucas and Justin with strong running from both Leo’s and stand up defence from Jimmy, Harry and Byron.
3 tries each to Lucas & Lochie, 2 to Justin & 1 try each to Cooper & Byron with 1.
1 goal each to Cooper & Byron
Lower Mountains 42 v Cambridge Park 4
This week the under 8 2’s played Cambridge Park. In a defensive display by the whole team that left Cambo struggling to break our line. Dane was on a mission to seek and destroy, and was well supported by Chase, Kai and Lachlan in putting a stop to Cambo getting any roll on.
With the ball in hand we were just as good. With great dummy half work from Ruby and Kristian, enabled Cayden and Brax to run riot along with the rest of the team.
This is a great result for a team that has trained once in the last 5 weeks. Keep up the great work guys.
Lower Mountains 42 Cambridge Park 4
Kai 1 and a goal
Bellbirds Player of the Match went to Dane Richards
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Lower Mountains 6 v Colyton 12
A grinding encounter at Colyton this weekend dealt our 9s a second loss for the year. Colyton was able to do the most with the ball in the first quarter. LM pushed a pass and was not able to clean up a kick which meant our 9s did not test Colyton’s defence, we were down 6-0 at the first break. Hamish Wills got to the outside and fended the cover defence to register the first points. Hamish backed up the offensive effort with excellent one on one defence to take the Man of the match award. At half time it was 6 all. Our front row, Seamus and Graysen, were also rewarded B&F points for excellent middle defence and strong hit ups. Along with Andy Jones (as usual) and Shaun Maher, they held the middle with Oliver, Logan and Jett excellent in cover. Late in the 3rd quarter Colyton made a break which looked like Cullen Summers had done enough in an excellent one on one tackle against “Sausage”, but the ref was slow to call held and our support defence was a little slow to get there as Colyton fell over for the eventual winning try. The last quarter was close for LM, we eventually stopped turning the ball back into the ruck, Cully and Logan went close, Hamish was nabbed metres for the line but Colyton was able to scrabble and hold us as we went down in a very low scoring game.
Lower Mountains 58 v Londonderry 6
Lower Mountains had a big win over Londonderry this weekend. The game was played in good spirits between the two teams. Our kids had a great start in the first quarter with awesome marker defence by Ashton and followed up try straight away by Cody which then set the momentum of the game. Our defence this week was outstanding and the kids are improving so much each week in this department. There were plenty of tries this week with 3 tries to Jaxon 2 tries to Mason and Cody,1 try a piece to Noah, Quinn and Austin. Their support play is coming on and there were some really good of loads and there were support for some of the players that made some good breaks up the field. Grace and Ashton made some great breaks and this was possible throughout the game as Bailey gave some good balls out of first receiver. Grace had a great game in defence and attack and was so close to scoring 3 tries. Jaxon made a great run on the as the final hooter sounded and score the last try of the game.
Our goal kicking was on point today as they kicked 9 from 10 conversions.
It’s great to see the kids playing well after putting in at training each week as they are doing so well this session.
Lower Mountains 40 v Rooty Hill 0
Lower Mountains posted their first win of the season this week, and they did it in style. It was raining tries at Whalan Reserve, 8 in total, all scored by little warriors in blue. Our big boppers crashed through the defensive line time and time again, and our speedsters showed great footwork leaving the opposition clutching at thin air. For the first time this season Lower Mountains displayed real teamwork for sustained periods in both attack and defence. Moving off the defensive line as a unit, and giving ourselves room to run onto the ball was key today. It was great to see some of our new players growing in confidence, and also to see some combinations starting to gel.
Tries: Angus Wills 2, Justin Sykes, Isabella Ferguson 3, Coen Werner, Zane Shorten. Conversions: Justin Sykes, Harvey Rhodes, Zane Shorten, Ben Coster.
Lower Mountains 26 v Blacktown Workers 18
A huge achievement today, it wasn’t just our first win for the year, but for some players (and this Coach) their first win in more than a season. The sheer joy was evident in a rousing team victory song (made up mostly on the spot including something about Blue Cheese!). Player of the Match Cruz had a cracker of a game as did Coaches Award winner Iggy on the back of 5 stunning tries by our Captain for the match Billy. This team will improve every week and there is still lots of work to do in both defence and attack, but for the moment let’s just enjoy the victory.
Lower Mountains 10 v Emu Plains 10
Our boys didn’t bring their A game to the match today but we still managed to get away with a 10 all draw. We started off well with an early try then just struggled to get our team composure together. With silly errors and a lack of drive, our defence weakened which assisted Emu Plains to a try before half time. The second half was much the same and after a scuffle both teams were playing a man down. The Emu plains side worked hard and got through down the wing to score again. The boys had to dig and fight, then with 5 mins to go, we came through with another try. It was a tough match but well done to our boys for coming away with a draw.
Tries: Kallen Boss & Zack Fitzgerald
Goals: Tyler Cavanough
Players player this week: Joe Zammit Encouragement award: Kallen Wahl
U14/1's V Emu Plains
Lower Mountains 30 v Emu Plains 6
This was a good hit out for the boys playing to the game plan . The first half they put in some really strong defence keeping their opponents to 0 and making some great attacking plays. The second half was just as good with some pleasing goal line defence only letting in 1 try and playing as a team , well done boys
Tries P Bourke, A Lewis , P Moore, F Shields , F Newell, B Busch , Goals J Babbage , P Moore , W Ticehurst
Lower Mountains 8 v Minchinbury 50
Tough day at the office for our boys today. After an even first half Minchinbury recorded a sizeable win. But the final score doesn’t quite reflect that until the last twenty minutes it was an even match. Dominic scored a first half try and we went into half time 14-4 down. Lachlan scored a try early in the second half to bring us within a converted try before Minchinbury ran away with the game. Good runs by Charlie, Braeden Smith and solid contributions from Luke and Max couldn’t prevent a blow out in the end. Minchinbury are the best team we have faced this season. They are very strong defensively, and have some very big boys in their side. We have 5 points from the first four rounds and were sitting second on the ladder coming into this round. Best of luck next week to everyone.
Lower Mountains 12 v Blacktown Bears 28
We played Blacktown Bears in what was always going to be a tough game against a quality opposition.
The game was very fast and very tough with some very strong defence. Our boys gave as good as they got and were right in the game 10 minutes into the 2nd half with the score 12-8.
Unfortunately having no reserve made the task of staying with the bears too difficult and they ended up winning 28-12.
I was extremely proud of the boys they showed a ton of courage to stay in the game for so long.
Tyler Nott, Ethan Jordan, Harrison Clark, Angus Moore and Brendan Nott were terrific.
Tries to Tyler,Ethan
U16's V Emu Plains
Lower Mountains 48 v Emu Plains 10
The boys came out firing playing outstanding football. Lower mtns displaying great ball skills putting on good team tries going into halftime 26-0, & defensively we were very good allowing the opposition to score there points late in the second half. It was a great team performance by everyone & very proud to be part of a well matured group of young men.
Congrats to Kieran for scoring his first try for the blueys.
Tries: Mathew x5, Cayden x2, Gabriel, Kieran, Eli
Goals: Mathew x2, Brodie x1, Luke x1
U17's V Forfit
Lower Mountains 0 v Hawksbury 22
We played Hawksbury today and after a good showing against them in the trials I expected that we would go close to beating them.
Unfortunately we had some no shows leaving us short on the bench which made our assignment that much harder. We played ok for the 1st 10-15 minutes but then
our game just fell apart pretty much gifting the win to Hawksbury.
The side has so much talent it is extremely frustrating when they don’t put it together on the footy field.
We should have big numbers next week which hopefully means they put pressure on the boys playing to lift their performance.
Lachy Weber, Lachy MacFarlane ,Alex Venesjarvie ,Bailey Madgwick, Kirt Wilson and Liam Macfarlane played strong.
Unfortunately Riley Mansfield was badly injured during the game and we wish him well in his recovery.