Crusaders U16-boys teams “advance” in the Play-offs……

Friday Aug-12 saw Crusaders-ARROWS take on Mississauga-Blues for the Premiership-division Cup quarter-final.  In spite of the very hot-and humid conditions, Crusaders played through the “soupy” atmosphere to control the game.  Good interplay between the forwards and backs meant for a good balance of forward rumbles (to draw in defenders), and slick hands (to exploit the space created out wide).  Some great performances – The return of Dimitry Kastilieris was marked with powerful forward thrusts.  Kaleb Delaney was immense, both going forward with the ball, and cleaning up around the fringes. Sam-Mills charged for hard-yards. Solid passing and running from the centres Jack-Shaw and Andrew-Easson, meant the wingers were given lots of ball to make some great breaks.  Man-of-the-Match was Evan Hayes, who was excellent at Hooker – tackling like a man-possessed, and providing close support at every break too.  Carter-Horan was near-perfect with the boot – sublimely stroking-over some difficult conversion kicks from out-wide – Final score 68-14.  ARROWS now advance to semi-final

In the Championship-division quarter-final – One Crusaders’ team was guaranteed to advance, since the PIKES were drawn against the SWORDS.  A tough 14-on-14 battle, during the hottest part of Saturday. Both teams exchanging tries in the first half – The SWORDS with a bigger pack tried to take “ownership” of the game- but the slick backs of the PIKES team were able to offer a constant  threat of counter-attack whenever possession was turned-over.  A ding-dong match with lots of scoring – The score-board kept a perfect  tally of the “total” points accrued – but not necessarily “accurate” as for which team actually scored on each foray into the in-goal – Spectators were left with the amazement of a “supposed” 34-34 tie, but – in reality – The SWORDS were really the triumphant team  – and will play again in their semi-final.