Saturday Aug-6 saw Crusaders U16s take on Markham-Irish in league games for both the TRU Championship and Premiership-division fixtures
The SWORDS went into battle with limited squad numbers this week, with so many boys unavailable with vacations, recovering from previous-knocks, or away Junior-Blues-training camp etc. This only served to strengthen the resolve of the team, who came out of-the-traps firing-on-all-cylinders. A great start saw Crusaders clock up the opening scores with Irish coming back again close to the half. The second-period had the Markham-boys gain the advantage with strong forward play, and they snatched the lead for a short-while, but Crusaders came back with gusto – capturing a mental-image that the Irish had “stolen their Pokemon-eggs” – the CRU boys played with renewed-vigour, and worked together to regain the lead in the final quarter, and hold-out for a well-deserved win. Some immense performances from the SWORDS players. Stand out tackling from Jarrett-Parsons – hitting well over his weight class, Slick hands from Jonny-Shaw and Tyler Mason, but the mazy-running of Chris-Andrae earned him a well-deserved man-of-the-match. Final score 26-17 in-favour of the SWORDS – Great job – The Swords play their final league game on Monday (Aug-8) – then on to the play-offs.
ARROWS took on the Markham’s premiership team, in-spite of having a significant number of the CRU squad-members missing – Not that anyone would have noticed !!! – Players stepping-up from the PIKES and SWORDS teams slotted-in seamlessly, and showed their class, with an excellent performance all-round. Aidan Muldoon was magnificent – brilliant support play meant he was on hand for the final off-load every-time, and managed a hat-trick of scores. Parker Furness was a man-on-a-mission. Andrew Easson enjoyed the first-quarter playing brilliantly as a flanker. Man-of-the-Match Brendon Bennell rumbled the ball forward on every possession – rounding off his dynamic-display (yes – a prop was “dynamic”) with a crash-over try at the end.
Final score 59-14, meant the ARROWS have a perfect 100% (6-&-0) record this season, and thus win their league-division, an so proceed to the play-offs.