PART 1: U16-SWORDS – make it through to Championship Final with an excellent display
The Crusaders SWORDS team faced another hot and humid day for their semi-final match-up against Ajax-Wanderers.
A pre-game pep-talk from Coach-Bill had the team fired-up and ready-to-play. No idea what he said – but it put the boys in exactly the right-frame-of-mind, and they followed-up with undoubtedly their BEST performance of the season so far. Every single player working very hard at every phase of the game.
The SWORDS showed some excellent crash-ball and support play to draw in the valiant Ajax defenders (who never gave-up), but the CRU team then showed slick handling and incisive-running, to spread the attack wide, and exploit space – some wonderful and unselfish off-loading plays, kept momentum extremely high, and the rewards came – with Crusaders able to score several well worked tries. Brilliant-forward-play lead by Adam Ladha and Brandon Bennell , plus great-support from Fazal Musa and Rory Matas; Sublime-handling from Tyler Mason; Elusive-running by Chris Andrea and Harry Shaw, were all stand-out highlights – Man-of-the-match Bodin Ingaldson, at fly half, was key to the link between the forwards- showing mature decision making , knowing when to run, when to distribute.
A fine team-performance by all – final score 44-5, means the SWORDS now advance to the Championship Cup final on Wednesday (Aug-24) evening (vs North-Halton) – and per the new schedule – that game (thankfully) will be at HOME (rather than at Fletchers – hooray).
Great job guys
PART 2: The U16-SWORDS bring home the “prize” – TRU Championship Winners
The SWORDS team faced North-Halton Highlanders in the TRU Championship-Cup Final on Wednesday evening. The Highlanders presented a strong and well-drilled pack and solid performances from Brandon Bennell, Wesley Dockendorf and Rory Matas were key to Crusaders’ gaining turn-over-ball and making territorial advantage. Overall, an exemplary “Team” performance – a perfect demonstration of what true synergy can do, with everyone playing their part-to-the-full, to generate success. Final score 36-17 meant Crusaders take the “silver-wear” – A great win for the boys.
Bravo – a perfect end to a great summer season – well done boys
Wednesday evening also saw the ARROWS play in their premiership Semi-Final against Cobourg-Saxons, up at Fletcher’s Fields. Crusaders took the game to the Saxons right from the get-go – determined play from the kick-off won the ball back, and some smart interplay through the backs generated an opening wide-right and the first score. Carter Horan converted the “extras” with an in-off kick, and ARROWS were on the score-board. Crusaders continued to apply terrific pressure, Morgan Puddefoot making the hard-yards, Dimitry Kastilieris and Parker Furness firing-on-all-cylinders in the “engine-room” – setting-up strong attacking platforms for the backs. Great defence from Kaleb Delaney and Deklan Williamson, as well as pressure from the back-line, cancelled any Cobourg attack, and some great jackaling-play, stole the ball at many tackle situations. This set up several scores and the Crusaders got to half with a comfortable lead. Now against the wind, Crusaders didn’t let up – some fine breaks from Adam Dellow and (man-of-the-Match) Jack Shaw, set up good ball in dangerous positions. Final score 62-7, means that ARROWS advance to the Final.