26th July, 2016
“When they were good, they were very, very good – but when they were bad they were horrid.” Our Reserves, playing in a sudden-death semi-final against UQ, were like the “girl with the curl.” They started as if they had just celebrated Mad Monday – lethargic, disjointed and missing tackles. UQ have a pacey backline, with former Reds player Harry Parker on the wing, and they made the most of them, running in 4 tries to lead 22-5. We scored a nice try on the blindside of ruck, big Fred Motu streaking over like a winger and just before halftime, Ben Hunt burrowed over from a pick and drive. Luke Evans converted from the sideline and it was 22-12.
The second half belonged to Bond. Our boys were at their best, using a series of direct attacks to crack the UQ forward defence time and again. Ben Hunt scored again, his 20th try for the season – which is only equalled by Brothers wing Mitch Felsman in all grades. Then Tim Hindmarsh broke through mid-field and sprinted 50m before being ankle-tapped, but from the subsequent play, Dylan Wooster put Evans over in the corner. Then Rory McKenzie scored off the back of our dominant scrum to tie the scores at 27-all. So we went into ten minutes each way extra time.
Harry Parker was the difference in the teams. The flying winger was fed by clever halfback Moses Sorovi and scored his third and fourth tries. At one stage UQ led by 12 points but our boys kept coming back. Luke Evans and Alex Holmes both scored and Justin Bernstein raced 50m to go over – only to be recalled on a touch judge report, alleging Evans quick lineout throw was from the wrong spot. The final score at the end of a marathon 100 minutes was 46-41. So the season is over for Bond – but congratulations to Setu Naseri, Mick Hall, manager Chris Patterson and all the players for a fantastic back half of the season – losing only one match in the second round.
Saturday 11.55am Bond Uni Colts 1 v UQ
Sunday 1.20pm Bond Uni Premier Colts v Brothers
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