Group 9 junior rugby league was again on show in Tumbarumba on Saturday, with Tumba-Batlow Minor League hosting the Wagga Kangaroos in most age groups, while the under 14s had a game against the Young Cherrypickers.
It was a tough day for competitive age groups, with the under 12s leaguetag side flying the flag with a good 30-8 win over the Roos, which also kept their unbeaten record alive.
This weekend, TBML are on the bye, but the Baby Greens will then travel down the road to Tumut the following weekend for what will be round three of the competition and another big day of rugby league.
Round 2 results
11s: Kangaroos def Tumba 40-12
12s LT: Tumba def Kangaroos 30-8
13s: Kangaroos def Tumba 28-10
14s: Young def Tumba 54-10
16s LT – Tumba had the bye
The under 6s Green side showcased some great play as a team this week as they took on Kangaroos Blue.
Paxton Richards, Harry Burton and Jock O’Ryan all scored a few tries each.
Luke Heinecke and Flynn Bell both did amazing kick offs and weren’t afraid of running the ball, with both having quite a few good lengthy runs.
Louie Peel performed some excellent dummy half plays and some great tackles.
Oliver Griffiths and Theo Murphy are all really starting to find their feet and weren’t afraid to run the ball or help chase down the Roos players.
Highlight of the game was Paxton Richards catching the ball from the kick-off to put on a few steps before going all the way to score a try.
This young team played exceptionally well for only their second game and are already showing so much improvement and teamwork.
This week the Awards went to Paxton Richards and Theo Murphy.
The white team took on Wagga Kangaroos and they had a massive improvement this week.
All the boys are starting to gain more skills and are putting their training into practice on the field.
Ash Browning and Abel Welch ran the ball hard this week.
Eddie McCallum showed a lot of heart making some tackles against bigger players.
Tyler McCullough received the canteen award for his exceptional defence. He made several try saving tackles.
Archie Jarvis received the Dare to Bite award for most improved this week.
Aila Lagaali had another outstanding game scoring several tries for the team.
The under 7s team had a great game this week, where they consistently displayed team spirit, ensuring everyone helped each other out in attack and defence.
Harrison once again brought his force with him, showing great determination to not let the defence get him down.
Archie is growing great confidence and made some great runs.
Hunter, Nick and Kai worked hard to keep the other team back, showing great force.
Morgan joined the team this week, showing great enthusiasm.
Leo made some great break away runs, nearly making the try line each time.
Dan and Paxton scored the tries for the match with three great runs.
It was great to see all the new faces line up for the under 8s and with the usual help of the under 7s, the Greens fielded a strong side.
The first quarter saw some strong defence for both sides with Tumba-Batlow holding Kangaroos out several times.
Cooper Rankin, Nick Baker and Jaxin Bradly took the team forward. In attack new comer Phillip Quamby ran the length of the field to open the scoring with his first touch of the ball.
After this Kangaroos made the Tumba-Batlow boys work harder and it was a team effort to get close to the line for the second try with some hard running from Mason Hulm, Hunter Smith, Leo Peel and Kyle Neal who was able to get the ball over the line.
The second quarter saw the defence for the Tumba-Batlow team pick up as they all moved sharply off the line and forced the opposition backwards, as a result Kangaroos were held scoreless for the quarter.
Beau Ellis steered the team around the park from first receiver and really set an example of how to play the position – he set his side up for numerous tries including some for Levi Bremner and also getting the ball over the line himself.
The third quarter saw the boys settle down with the under 7s really getting in on the action with Harrison Mellen having strong straight runs and Dan O’Ryan splitting the defence and running away for a great individual try.
The fourth quarter saw more of the same with the Tumba-Batlow boys playing stronger and stronger.
Jaxin Bradley made some terrific ground getting close to the line for Cooper Rankin to score between the posts in the next run.
Under 8s LT
It was perfect football weather on Saturday when the under 8s LT team played Roos Blue.
Alice Wolter, Miller Weule and Kasey Worldon were outstanding in defence, saving several tries with their determined chasing of the opposition.
Brielle Arnold, Mia Houting and Harriet Bradley were all enthusiastic on the field, making some great runs.
Kaitlyn Lewis, Layla Pendrick, Tory Emerton-Bell and Tegan Arnold are growing in confidence and showed great teamwork.
Isabella Haslett is emerging as a leader, keeping the girls organised. Abby Henderson was the quiet achiever of the team, displaying pace and focus.
Charlotte Spratling played her first game and is a great addition to the team. Bonnie Hartnett continues to show she is a natural defender, staying close to the opposition.
The 8s LT offered a special mention to Mahalia Lesniak, Halle Anderson, Indi Brennan, Zoe Tokarei and Madeleine Speering who played for Roos to make up numbers.
This gave the newer Tumba girls the opportunity for more game time.
For a team with only four players in this set age group (Liam, Oliver, Dean and Harry), with the rest of the players coming from under 8s, the under 9s TBML players tried their hardest on Saturday.
Playing Wagga Kangaroo Blues, the game was tough.
Players included the following young men: Harry Foster (2); Beau Ellis (3); Cooper Wooden (4); Levi Bremner (7); Liam Browning (8); Dean Bremner (9); Oliver Pendrick (11); Phillip Quarmby (13) and Charles Triffit (6).
These amazing young men are learning fast as they continue to play up into their next age bracket.
In the first quarter, the Roos converted three tries. During this first quarter, TBML saw great tackles from Levi, Cooper and Liam.
The Roos were tall and jumped like Roos, so it was a tricky situation.
The under 9s will need to channel animal energy next time for their own team to fight with a spring in their step.
The young side improved in the next three quarters with Oli and Cooper getting the tries, while Beau converted the first try.
Overall, there was great runs from Cooper, Levi, Harry and great teamwork from all.
Under 10s LT
The 10s LT girls had another great game this week against Roos Blue.
The first half saw Roos get a few early tries, but strong defence soon kicked in with Kruiz, Amba, Kyleeka and Kalia quick on their tags.
There was great teamwork on the field with strong leadership from Tyra who captained the game and good communication from Violet.
In the second half Georgia, Maddison, Gabby and Emily showed awesome sportsmanship by having a run with the other team making for more determination from Ayvah, Lanie, Ruby and Lucy to get tags. The girls came away with a win, with Lilly scoring an amazing five of the 11 tries.
The boys met with Roos Blue on the weekend.
The young side is starting to show some of their strengths as a team.
There was vast improvement from their first game, with the side moving the ball around the field and making some great tackles.
Isaac Tokarei and Lachlan Speering both scored tries, with both being converted.
Under 12s LT
The Under 12s LT team had a great win this week, belting Roos 30-8.
The girls showed off some great skills and teamwork, which paid off for them on the scoreboard.
There were some great full-length field tries from Kira Moy and Matilda McPherson, backed up by conversions from Tori Hincksman.
This week the boys took on a big Roos Blue side.
Although going down to the visitors 28-10, they put on a great performance, improving immensely from their first game a fortnight ago.
Ajay Osborne, Declan Shore and Jayden McPherson played very well for their first game of the season with Jayden scoring a brilliant try.
Deegan Lesniak once again was solid in attack and defence, as were Ted Smith and Jayden Worldon. Sebastian Osirio-Bradley surprised himself by taking an intercept and making some valuable metres. Jackson White defended well, saving a try in the corner.
Deon Bramich and Zane Goldspink worked well together, making some excellent tackles.
Steven Houting scored our other try which was converted by Troy Perry.
George Smith and Evan Rankin both put their hands up again to help us and both made very good contributions, playing in several positions throughout the game.
The 14s boys played a great game that was full of action. During the first half there were some great runs and hit ups made.
The side’s first points in the first half were made by Deacon Crane scoring a try and Reece Hulm successfully converting it, that put the half time score at 24-6 Young’s way.
During the second half, Arthur Smith scored a try but his conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
The under 14s didn’t come away with a win, with the final score being 54-10 Young’s way.