19th March, 2017
In their first outing, our young Bond boys did themselves proud. With a temperature of more than 30 degrees and bigger opponents, they could be forgiven for being a bit tentative. In fact, three of our team are still in Year 11 at Helensvale High. But whatever their coach, former Breaker Tai McIsaac, is doing he’s doing it right. There’s some real talent in this Bond side.
Only nerves prevented us from scoring in the first ten minutes, when Bond dominated territory and possession. But a tendency to hog the ball and poor passing saw several chances slip by. Finally winger Kaleb Sadgrove had the honour of scoring the first try and Ashley Marsh kicked a penalty to give Bond an 8-5 lead at halftime.
Straight after the break Norths right winger was over but Bond hit back with a try by Lewis Pye to regain the lead 15-12. And that was the pattern throughout the second half. A Norths try in the left corner made it 17-15 to them, but powerful number 8, Riley Wilson crashed over in the corner to give Bond a 20-17 lead. Norths were awarded a penalty in front and elected to go for the draw, rather than the win. 20-all.
This seemed to give our boys new life and they finished on a high, bustling their way into Norths’ quarter. From a scrum, Ashley Marsh set himself in the pocket, ready for a shot at field goal. But the defence came up too quickly, so he stepped and sprinted to the blindside, drew the last defender and gave winger Kale Brensell a clear run to the line. Amid wild cheering from the Bond bunker, it was a memorable win for our Colts 25-20.
Coach Damian Cahill wasn’t overexcited. He knew there’s still plenty of work to do to get this talented bunch playing as a team. But he acknowledged their never-say-die effort with the classic coach summation: “A win’s a win.” And what about the last-minute heroics of young centre, Ashley Marsh?
“Well, one thing’s for sure. He’ll never die wondering.”
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