Local footballers brave a snowy Batlow

The snow wasn’t stopping anyone as Tumut Minor League visited Batlow Showground to take on the mighty Tumba/Batlow Minor League club in round ten of the Group 9 junior rugby league competition on Saturday. 

Round 10 results

Under 11s: Tumut def Tumba/Batlow 46-6.

Under 12s LT: Tumut def Tumba/Batlow 30-12.

Under 13s: Tumut def Tumba/Batlow 46-10.

Under 14s Tumba/Batlow def Tumut 18-6.

Under 16s LT: Tumut def Tumba/Batlow 26-0.

Under 6s

Saturday’s game against Tumut at Batlow was one to add in the memory book for the little under 6s, who played their first game in the snow! 

The first team started off with just four players but this didn’t worry the little frozen Green Machines with Harry Burton dodging his way through the Tumut players to run away and score his first snow try.

The ever so brave and quick Aila Lagaali didn’t let the snow and cold conditions stop him from performing and putting in his best, keeping up his usual strong defence and quick speed in attack, scoring a number of tries throughout the game. 

Flynn Bell joined the team after a few minutes in and had a great run, making lots of ground but was tackled just short of the try line. 

Theo Murphy and Oliver Griffiths also played well and had some great runs during the game before the cold got too much for the little ones and the game was called short.

Coach Brendon was extremely happy with his brave little under 6s for having a go in such cold conditions so awards this week went to everyone! 

Under 7s

Snow, snow, snow, what a day.

What an effort from the under 7s to play in such unfavourable conditions. 

It really showed the team’s character to get out and have a go. 

The weather was that bad that one of the players, Kai Flew, played in gum boots and a drizabone, making some good tackles and strong runs.

Hunter Smith scored a long range try cutting back through the defence for one of his best runs for the season and scored two tries for the day.

Jaxin Bradley McAuliffe and Leo Peel both showed good footwork and elusiveness running the football.

Dan O’Ryan and Harrie Bremner bagged two tries each and the team worked hard together in defence only allowing Tumut to score three tries during the game.

Dan, Hunter and Harrie were particularly strong defensively making solid contact in multiple tackles.

Harrison Mellen used his aggression to contribute on both sides of the ball, continuing to improve every week. 

Morgan Harris enjoyed playing in the snow and being a part of the team as he always does.

Nick Baker sat out of this game after playing earlier in the day for the under 8s, making sure they had enough players for their game.

Harrie, who also played up in the under 8s and backed up for under 7s, showing how much he loves the game, braving the conditions twice in a day.

Overall, the team played extremely well and have really improved over the last few weeks.

We are all sure all the boys in the team will remember playing in the snow for the first time and hopefully the last.

Under 10s LT

On a freezing, wet and snowy Saturday, the girls took on Tumut. 

Due to the conditions, it was agreed they would play a shortened game of 2 x 10-minute halves. 

It was a slow start with the girls trying to get feeling in their fingers. 

Defence was strong from both teams; unfortunately, Tumut were able to slip through and score two tries to our one. 

Given more time, the girls would have made a comeback as they upped the ante towards the end. The coaches, manager and parents couldn’t be prouder of the girls for braving the weather and taking to the field. 

Under 13s

The Greens travelled to Batlow on Saturday to take on the Tumut Blues in very arctic conditions. 

The boys had no answers for the full-strength Tumut side going down to the visitors 46-10.

Deegan, Ted, Jayden McPherson, Troy and Jayden Worldon were all stand out players for Tumba/Batlow in the testing times with Deegan and Jayden Mc scoring a try each and Jayden Mc slotting a conversion.

Special mention goes to George and Evan who played the entire game before backing up in their own age group an hour later!

Thanks very much to the players, parents, trainer Ben and first responder Carmel and all of the match officials for toughing it out in trying times.

Under 14s

This week, Tumba/Batlow had a home game and travelled to Batlow to verse Tumut.

The weather put on a great show, turning on the snow and making conditions very cold and equally as muddy.

The first half started out packed full of action for the first few sets of six, then play was suspended for the remainder of the first half after a Tumut player sustained an injury requiring an ambulance. Tumba/Batlow started the second half strongly, with the forward pack laying a good platform. Greens halves Dane Perry and Ethan Thompson guided Tumba Batlow’s attack with Reece Hulm adding a converted try, Zach Baker crashing over the try line and Josh Ovenden scoring a double.

All team members did extremely well, especially to brave the weather conditions being what they were, and the boys came away with the win, 18-6.

Under 16s

The under 16s leaguetag girls braved the snow on Saturday in Batlow. 

The resilience of the girls was unbelievable, with every player showing determination. 

It will definitely be a game they will remember.